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529 of 538 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2002
Most problems with mugs I tried in the past are solved in this product. This mug comes with a tight sealing lid so that you can put this mug with hot drink in a brief case upside down and run to a subway station. No spilling, and this product is better than a plain Saran Wrap solution. The sipping lid has a deeply recessed bottom where you have a hole for a liquid to come out. That is, the spill risk is very low, even in pitching and rolling subway in Boston. So, you rarely need to use the sealing lid unless you want to steep tea in it or put the mug in a backpack. (See the other review to learn how to brew tea in it.) Also, because of this deeply recessed sipping lid, this mug is easier to use spill-free while laying on a sofa or maybe even on a bed with a high pillow!

Lack of handle presents little inconvenience at any situation I've used this mug. A both handed person like myself needs not worry which way to put the mug, which way to put the sipping lid, and which hand to hold the mug. It's very left hand friendly, more so than having two handles on each side.

If criticism is an obligatory part of a review, I offer a few. This mug's tea leaf strainer is given enough space for most loose teas, but it is not enough for some herbal infusions, particularly whole dried preparation of chamomile flower. This mug's advertised capacity is 11 ounces, but the line specifying the maximum fluid level is actually 275ml (10 ounces). I wonder if they could make it a bit taller for increased true drink capacity and enough space for chamomile to expand. The leakproof lids depend on silicon gaskets so I would wash them by hand.

Overall, this mug is slim, tall, leakproof, beautiful design, and very functional and compact. The quality of tea made in this mug is as good as ones made in tea pot as long as the leaf is of good quality (sentimental value not included). The diameter of the mug at its widest (around lid) is only 75mm (3in) so it will fit in most briefcases together with a book and couple manila folders. Unlike so many poorly designed products, you know this one was designed by designers and engineers who love tea and coffee.

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I wrote this original review quite some time ago, but I thought to add that I now own three of this product, and I still use this product daily (home, office, travel) and I still think this mug is totally awesome for people who appreciate high quality tea. STILL HIGHLY RECOMMENDED in 2010.

Addendum May 2011.

Most common question I get is how best to clean the inside of the tea mug when it gets all browned. The answer: fill the tea mug with hot tap water, dissolve a teaspoon full of oxygen bleach powder (sodium percarbonate aka Oxyclean), attach the lid and the cap, gently shake a few times, and loosen the cap immediately. Leave it in the sink for 10 to 20 minutes. Make sure the lid is attached loosely, and never tightly. Dump the stuff, rinse it with water, and you're done. Chlorine bleach (Chlorox) will do the job just as well, but you'll have to deal with the bleach odor for a few days. Oxygen bleach leaves no odor, but it forms oxygen gas, which builds up the pressure inside and explode the lid, if left attached tightly (I've done that!). That's why I emphasized to loosen the lid when leaving it in the sink.
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227 of 231 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2000
This is a great product- leak proof with amazing heat/cold retention. For tea drinkers, I just thought I'd add a better description of how the tea lid works. It is actually not a strainer for leaving the tea leaves in the cup (the tea would be so bitter!), but an ingenious way of brewing tea! You put hot water in the cup, then screw on the strainer, add the loose tea leaves, screw the top lid on, and turn the cup upside down for a quick brew! (Since it is leak-proof, you actually can turn the cup upside down easily) After brewing, you just turn it right side up and replace the strainer holding the spent leaves with the sipping lid, and voila- a quick and pretty decent cup of tea! Highly recommended.
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224 of 231 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2003
This is how you brew tea:
(1) Remove outer cap and tea filter.
(2) Check all gaskets are properly seated.
(3) Twist tea filter onto the cup to seat tightly. Put tea leaves in the tea filter. Be sure the tea filter is seated correctly. You can also put tea leaves directly into your cup if that is your preference.
(4) Pour hot water up to middle of filter. Over fill may scald.
(5) Properly seal the outer cap tightly to prevent leaking when used for travel. Turn upside down for quick brew.
(6) Remove outer cap and tea filter after brewing and replace with slipping lid.

For Best Results
For maximum insulation efficiency: preheat or precool your cup just prior to use, fill with hot or cold tap water, let stand for 5 to 10 minutes and empty.
Note that it comes with 3 lids: (1) Outer Cap (2) Tea Filter and (3) Sipping Lid.
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179 of 194 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2004
First off, I agree with all the comments about the mug's nice ergonomic shape, its ability to keep drinks piping hot for hours, and its spill-proof-ness.
But, the title of my review says it all - instead of paying thirty dollars for an 11-oz mug, why not get an 18-oz mug for twenty five (or even a 14-oz for twenty bucks)? All are made by Nissan, with the same durability, ability to retain heat, and good looks. The difference in this mug is the third basket, the tea brewer, which has a mesh that is WAAAAY too coarse. This is a serious problem, since I absolutely detest leaves and other remnants in my tea when I drink it. Herbal or spiced teas (e.g. Chai) are out of the question, and even a basic large-leaf tea like Darjeeling escapes through the mesh (and also gets stuck in it, which makes it a pain to clean).
Instead, I would suggest buying Nissan's larger 18-oz (or 14-oz) mug, and with the five (or ten) bucks you save, purchase a fine-mesh brew basket, available on amazon.com (ASIN# B0000CFLAP). Remember, you have to remove the built-in brew basket from this mug to fit the sipping lid, so there's no extra effort in removing a fine-mesh, easily washable brew basket instead.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2003
I love this thing. I'm in grad school, on campus from 9am-11pm every day but Saturday, and this traveler is perfect. Instead of repeating all the other glowing reviews, I'll just add a few things others missed. In addition to its unmatched insulation abilities, the vacuum seal provides another benefit, and that is that it maximizes interior space. Other types of insulation require thick walls to insulate the contents, but with vacuum sealed steel construction, the insulating steel sandwich can be very thin, making the volume of the inside layer nearly equal to volume of the outside layer. It's a small thermos that carries quite a bit of fluid.
One other thing to clarify is that this is not exactly a no-spill container. There are three tops: an inner top that is completely open but for a metal strainer/filter, an inner top that is covered but with a small drink hole in the cover, and an outer top that screws onto both of the previous and completely seals the cup. With the outer top on, the vessel is spill-proof. I carry it in my bookbag all day with nary a spill. But take the outer top off, which is necessary to actually drink out of it, and if you accidentally tip the cup over, liquid will spill out, even out of the sipping hole in the covered inner top. There is no button to push that opens and closes the sip-hole on the covered inner top, like for example on those plastic Starbucks coffee cups. However, the sip hole is recessed about 1 inch below the rim, so while it is not spill-proof, it is certainly splash-proof.
Excellent product, I might order a few more, for posterity.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2003
I am extremely impressed with the near-flawless performance of this tumbler! Heat or cold retention is EXCELLENT (I've never owned a Thermos Nissan product before, so did not know what to expect, but this thing keeps tea scaldingly hot for hours, and takes several (8+) hours for ice cubes to melt.) The shape of the tumbler is excellent...fits in the hand comfortably. The screw-on "closed" cap is great for sneaking this thing into a library or computer lab without worrying that it'll spill inside your bag on your computer or papers. My ONLY complaint (thus 4 stars) is that the tea strainer is: (1) made of a metal screen instead of nylon mesh, and (2) is not of a fine enough weave. With the way this thing keeps stuff hot, you might take a few hours to drink your tea...and if there's a significant amount of tea dust in it (that slipped through the coarse weave of this tea filter), your tea is going to be quite bitter near the end. (I might install a nylon filter inside the metal screen.) All in all, not a bad purchase at all.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2011
This is a really cool product. After 10 years (and still going!) of using the Thermos Nissan 16-Ounce Stainless-Steel Insulated Bottle for my tea, I decided I'd like to try something new. With a built-in infuser, I thought this product stood out among so many others obviously made for coffee drinkers.

I was not disappointed with the build quality - same bombproof construction as my other Nissan. What I didn't anticipate was missing the cup. The bullet thermos has an outer lid which doubles as a cup. This, I discovered, is nice, because the Nissan thermos is SOOOO efficient, it is impossible to drink the tea straight from the thermos itself. Without an extra cup, this is exactly what you have to do with this 12 oz model.

I can't say I didn't know what I was getting - I'm just saying that I would recommend the 16 oz (or any other Nissan thermos with a cup) over this one. With this thermos you must: 1. Wait for your beverage to cool to a proper drinking temperature and then 2. Consume it relatively quickly before it cools too much. With an external cup, the advantage is that you can drink your beverage at the perfect temperature for HOURS and only wait for a small amount (1-2 oz) to cool at a time.

If you're a tea snob like me, you know that the temperature makes not only a big difference in the brewing process but also in the amount of flavor your tastebuds can detect. But I digress....

Don't get me wrong. Again, this product is made extremely well. I admire how the built-in infuser combines so compactly with the thermos body, and for this I'll probably keep using the thermos occasionally. One note, which I believe others have commented on: the infuser and the sipping lid cannot both be on the thermos at the same time. This means that you'll either have to bring the sipping lid with you if you take the thermos on the road while brewing or you'll just have to wait for the brew to finish and exchange the infuser and sipping lid. Note also that the sipping lid is different than a separate drinking cup.

Hope this helps.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2013
At least in my experience a travel mug with a tea strainer is intended to make it easier than waiting for loose leaf tea to steep at home. This product does not allow for that, the loose leaf tea basket must be removed in order to drink. Once removed you have to carry it around with you some where. What is the point? you might as well steep the tea at home and put it in a mug you already own. Don't buy this product if your intentions were to speed up your daily routine or have less to lug around with you.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2005
When I bought this mug about 6 years ago, I paid $30 for it. I almost walked away from it b/c it was $30, but a friend of mine asked, "How often do you drink coffee?" "Uhm, every day." "And how often do you spill it?" "Uhm, almost every day." This is seriously the best purchase I've ever made. I've left the mug in my bag for 6 or 7 hours and opened it to find hot coffee and no leaks... You can literally throw this mug upside down in your bag and it will not leak. Buy it if you drink coffee.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2006
I have one of these 11-Ounce Nissan "travelers" that I have carried every day for five years. The first one I had, I left on the top of my truck and backed over it. Thus, I have two more in my cabinet that are spares. I will not be without it. It fits every car carrier I have ever seen; I can slip it in the pocket of a jacket, or gym bag or back pack. If you are attentive in screwing the top on after filling, it WILL NOT leak. It keeps coffee hot for the better part of a day. It is like a Browning shotgun, Orvis waders, zippo lighters--it has a feel to it that let's one know at once that it is a well-made product. You will not be disappointed, and you will probably purchase others for friends who will be delighted to get them!
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