**I've recently been given the opportunity to try out the Teabook teas and tea tumbler for free. All opinions in this post are 100% mine.**
When I received the box in the mail and opened it, it was so cute. I'm such a sucker for cute marketing.
I'm not really a tea connoisseur, so I don't have anything to compare these premium teas to. I have to say though, as a non-connoisseur, they smell amazing. They are so fragrant, I just want to put my nose in the bag and sniff them. There's something about being able to smell loose tea leaves as opposed to having the "normal" prepackaged tea bags. I might have to switch to loose-leaf teas from now on!
I was a little confused about how to use the tumbler since I've never used loose leaf teas before. I mistakenly put the tea leaves in the strainer in the lid part and poured the hot water over that, thinking "Well, you don't want to steep the leaves too long, so of course they would go in that part!"
Nope! When in doubt, always read the directions first. I couldn't really find directions in the box and the directions on Amazon say "open a packet, pour it in your tumbler and fill with hot water."
I found out when I did it right that the strainer is so that the leaves don't come through when you drink. And there's no need to worry about the leaves over-steeping and becoming bitter because they are specially-selected leaves that are meant to be able to be steeped longer.
Each packet can make 12 ounces of tea, but the tumbler holds 9 ounces of water. That's fine with me. I tend to like my teas and coffees on the strong side anyway.
The tea tumbler is made of double-walled glass. Usually when I make my water for tea, I boil it until the kettle whistles and then let the water cool for 5 minutes. That's usually the perfect temperature for most of my teas. When I pour the water into the tea tumbler, I'm still able to hold onto the tumbler. It doesn't become too hot to hold. It's warm, but I can still hold it comfortably.
Each of the tea pouches that come in this box tell which is the best temperature for brewing. For instance the green tea should be steeped in water that is 170 degrees, but the red tea is best steeped in water that is 195 degrees.
Each tea pouch tells you the Name of the tea and it's country of origin. All of the teas are pesticide free, which is nice.
Since I've never used loose-leaf tea before, it was fun watching the tea leaves hydrate and float around in the water.
I like this set. I think for a gift set, which includes the tea tumbler and 17 tea pouches, the price is fair.
You can find the teabook teas at amazon: