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Surprisingly nice set! Pros Definitely Outweigh the Cons.
on January 11, 2014
Not long ago I turned over a new leaf, so to speak, trading in my beloved morning java for tea and I haven't looked back. Reading about the advantages of loose leaf teas over the tea bags piqued my curiosity about what kind of teapot I should have. I researched dozens of reviews for many different kinds and brands of teapot, and came up with a list of features I wanted my perfect teapot to have, but unfortunately, nothing out there perfectly matched, so I set my teapot quest aside for the time-being. Flash forward to this Christmas, and I received this nice little set from my dear husband and children- he happened across it at Shopko and thought I would like it, so he picked it up as a Christmas present. It has been one of the best gifts I've gotten since my digital camera!
No, it doesn't have ALL the features I wished for, but it does have a lot of them. Here are the pros & cons, and the bottom line is, I would buy it again, and would proudly present it as a gift to anyone who loves tea.
* Large pot. Able to brew enough tea for up to 5 people (8 oz each), or about 2 1/2 large cups for me to drink through the day (one of my wishes)
* Perfect for enjoying flowering teas (one of my wishes). The whole family can watch the pod blossom and unfurl. My kids love it!
* Glass infuser works well and hasn't clogged up even with fine loose tea (although some does get stuck in the slits, it doesn't interfere with the infusion process). I was worried about the glass infusers because of the slits (so one of my wishes was for a stainless infuser- but I've since heard testimonies that glass brings out the purest flavor, and it has worked quite well so far, to my pleasant surprise).
* The lid sits nicely on the pot, both with or without the infuser (one of my wishes).
* Overall sturdy teapot, and the handle is thick and substantial (one of my wishes).
* Pleasing, classical teapot appearance (one of my wishes).
* The Primula flowering teas are quite fresh and enjoyable, with or without milk or sweetener. Even my kids like them. They are mellow, sweet, and gentle- no astringency noticed. The Green Tea with Jasmine that came with the set is wonderful- our family enjoyed it tonight with warm homemade corn bread before bedtime and it was quite a hit! Remember to filter your water or use spring water because chlorine really messes up the flavor of tea! My husband also bought the Variety canister of flowering teas (Pomegranate, Jasmine, Vanilla, and Acai Berry), which I recommend. We especially like the Green Tea with Vanilla flavor. Each tea flower is individually packaged in a vacuum sealed foil bag with a picture of the flowering tea on the outside (they don't always match up with the image).
* Microwave safe.
* Dishwasher safe.
* It's simply a lovely presentation overall.
* Well-packaged set. Comes in a colorful box with the image shown above on both faces; has information on the ends & top about the pot and how to brew flowering teas; includes a full-color brochure for ordering more teas and products; and the pot is smartly cushioned to prevent breakage.
* Makes a very nice gift.
* Flowering teas can be infused twice, or possibly even three times if used within 24 hours. The discarded tea is then great for compost or indoor flower pots, and can also be used for skin compresses for puffy eyes, insect bites, and more!
* Best for two or more cups at a time. The glass infuser doesn't sit close enough to the bottom for you to brew up just one or two servings as effectively. Works best if you at least fill the pot up half way, that way the tea can move freely in a large enough volume of water to get the best extraction. In fact, I suggest making 3 or more cups at a time and stirring the loose tea as it steeps. Get a smaller pot if you only wish to make one or two cups at a time.
* Yes, the spout does drip, IF you pour with the lid on, so I lift the lid as I pour, which takes care of that.
* Yes, the lid does get hot to the touch, but only for the first several minutes after brewing. I have found it generally not too hot to the touch most of the time, but if it is, then I just use a dry dish cloth. No big deal!
* Yes, tea does get stuck in the slits of the infuser, but it doesn't interfere with the process. I can "floss" it out using the corners of an index card to clean it.
* Yes, the infuser is fragile, so I do not set it in the sink or on a counter. When I remove it from the tea pot I gently set it in a mug that I have ready. When it's time to clean it, I scoop out the used tea (into a potted plant for nutrients), rinse it, "floss" the slits, then carefully set it in my dish rack upside down.
* As a note, the package states that it is stovetop safe, but I personally would not use it this way. I brew up my water in a kettle on the stove and pour it into the pot. No big deal!
* Unfortunately, like so many items, this is made in China... but then again, that's where tea comes from. What are ya gonna do?
* The flower is not as big in this pot as it looks in the picture. It is about a third of that size in reality, but it's still pretty to watch.
Overall, for me, the pros outweighed the cons 2 to 1, so I am giving the set 4 stars because I am very happy with it overall, it made a wonderful gift, and it serves my general purposes extremely well, and I think you would agree as well.