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Tricky to achieve a good brew because the pot and infuser are mismatched.,
This review is from: Menu Glass Kettle Teapot 1.5L (Kitchen & Home)
I bought one of these in Harvey Nicks (Sweetie!) totally on the basis that it looked really cool. I am very serious about my tea and drink a lot of top quality loose leaf stuff from darjeelings through greens to oolongs and whites. So a beautiful teapot like this seemed irresistable.
Aside from the looks, I was attracted by the fact that you could infuse your tea the desired strength then pull the infuser up into the lid. You could then keep your tea in the pot, pouring yourself cup after cup, without it getting stewed.
Here is the thing though, there is an imbalance in the design, which I will try to explain to you. The infuser egg has limited space inside it and if you are using good quality whole leaf teas then these quickly swell up and fill the infuser. Packed out in this way there is not much room for water and flavour to circulate.
In order for the infuser to come into play there must be a certain amount of water in the pot to come up to the necessary level. The egg hangs down in the pot only a certain distance and does not go all the way to the bottom. If you put a smallish amount of tea in the egg - small enough so its doesn't get clogged up - then the amount of water required to reach the egg will be too much for a proper brew. I hope I am explaining this clearly. The capacity of the egg is out of balance with the amount of water you have to put in to reach the egg.
You can of course just brew the tea loose in the pot and then pour it out through a strainer. But that rather defeats the purpose of this design. So personally a bit disappointed.