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Stash Tea – Insulated Teapot and Honey Jar.

May 18, 2006

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I have been looking around for months hoping to find the coveted copper-sheath insulated coffee/tea pot for my office. I’ve been sick of making a whole pot of tea for myself and, after just 20 minutes, having to drink the rest cold. I looked around on eBay, but too many people were competing for what I wanted.

During my search, I found that Stash Tea has a new online store that sells pots, cups, infusers, and tea and honey containers, as well as the usual tea. Stash isn’t the most fancy tea out there, but it’s consistent, enjoyable, and very available, so I was okay making my first order with them.

Copper Insulated Pot and Honey JarThe Insulated Copper Hood Teapot is a wonderful modern version of a popular 1920s style. People keep mentioning that it looks better in person than in any of the photos. The copper hood comes off to reveal a hanging mesh basket for loose or bagged tea, and a plastic cap that covers it while it’s steeping. This makes it easy to remove your leaves when it’s done infusing, and enjoy consistent flavor from your teapot. The cap also acts as a plate for the basket when it’s time to remove it.

The insulator hood is lined with felt, comes in copper or stainless steel, with a white or black ceramic pot, and is very stylish. It keeps my tea extremely hot for over an hour, and I still enjoyed the tea at a mildly warm temperature after that.

The pot is top-rack dishwasher safe, and the hood can be cleaned with window cleaner.

I only had one wish:   That the ceramic pot came with its own ceramic lid. That may seem redundant, but I don’t feel comfortable leaving an open pot to steam all over the felt interior of the insulator. The hood is not supposed to be submerged in water, so I’m trying to keep it as clean as possible. I’ve been emptying the basket and putting it back into the pot with its plastic lid over the top, and then putting the hood in place.

The Honey Pot with Server is clear acrylic (which means hard to break, but can be scratched easily if not taken care of), and the lid has a whole that allows the wand to poke through. You can use it by removing the lid completely and using the wand, or by lifting the wand with lid still on top so you don’t have to set anything down and make a sticky mess on your desk or counter. I was really happy to find this one as my searches have only led me to believe that honey containers were mandated to be ugly and covered in bees.

I was happy with Stash’s customer service – they gave me a $5 credit for being a first-time customer, gave me some coupons (which expire too soon for me to use them), and also dropped a box of Carlsbad Oblaten wafers and a package of mango passionfruit tea in with my order.

Author’s note: Sorry for the lack of recent tea reviews – I have had a rash of headaches, and have been spending the last week or so drinking my “safe” green teas from Japan (which I’ll review as soon as I get someone to translate the packages for me so I know what I’m reviewing).

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