894 Tasting Notes
I admired this teapot for a long time before receiving it as a gift. The lines of it are modern and lovely, and aesthetically it’s a joy to have as part of my collection.
The lid fits very well and is removable for easy cleaning, though being shiny stainless steel, does get smudgy looking easily. The body of the pot is well made – the ceramic is even and durable and the glaze is smooth. The spout pours very cleanly.
It comes with a metal infuser basket made of very fine mesh, so it’s suitable for steeping rooibos and other small, granular teas. The basket is reasonably sized, though I would prefer slightly larger. It has a rounded bottom so it’s easy to clean but also easy to squish out of shape if you’re not careful while cleaning it.
This size holds three or four cups.
This is one of my favourite teas, and I was really surprised by how much I like this one. The flavour of raspberries is fresh and distinct, slightly sweet but very nicely complimenting the earthy tones of the oolong. The leaves work well for a second steep as well.
Flavors: Berries, Earth
Did first rinse with boiling water and then a 25 second steep. It’s okay – not particularly distinctive or complex. The tea flavour really comes in second to the mint and lime, and there’s very little of the multi-facteted earthiness that I associate with pu erh.
I’ll hav to experiment with more rinses and different steep times and water temperatures. As it is, this tea isn’t really grabbing me.