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Stylish, beautifully constructed and more importantly, no drips!! and you get the stylish logo too. A superb infuser teapot.
on 9 January 2016
NOTE: I was contacted directly and was sent this product for free. I was asked to use it fully and to write an honest, unbiased review. My being given a free item in no way influenced my review of this product.
I am no stranger to glass infusion tea-pots, I spent triple the cost of this one on the first one I bought! Looking initially at the build quality of this one - clear glass and stylish and durable stainless steel, it wins hands down on styling over the pot I was using prior to this one’s arrival. Much better than the full glass (apart from the infuser insert which is stainless steel) of my pot and this new one from Andrew James looks a lot fancier and that pleases me a lot. I am always swayed by the look of products, being a very visual type person. Something may work well but if it doesn’t look good, I don’t like it. This looks very impressive indeed. And its so easy to carry with its stylish stainless steel handle.
The most important thing for me though and you’ll see this throughout teapots I buy or am sent and I then review, is drips. I cannot abide a spout that drips. I have thrown away perfectly good and awesome looking teapots in the past that dripped from the spout. Standing there with a cloth in one hand, wiping drips up after I’ve poured is not for me and I doubt its for you.
Before I even filled the infuser insert with loose tea or filled the pot with boiling water, I filled it with cold water from the tap and poured into a cup. There was NO drips. The spout is smaller, much smaller than I am used to, so I was expecting drips but there were none. I then asked hubby to pour as he’s clumsy when pouring tea (but he doesn’t mind drips either! its good to be different, so they say lol) and he got no drips either. So, from where I am sitting, I can honestly say no drips, so if you hate drips, hopefully yours won’t drip ether. Some reviewers have reported drips. I have had none. It would be gifted elsewhere had it dripped. I know I make an issue of drips, but they are as annoying as poor quality zip pulls to me!
This tea pot is lovely!! It looks good, it doesn’t drip and the only minor niggle I can find is that the infuser basket when inserted and the pot is empty moves slightly. Fussy? Yes, I am pretty fussy I do admit. Its a minor issue that I can ignore on account of no drips and I generally don’t go around shaking teapots when they are not in use. When its filled with tea and water, it doesn’t move or rattle :) That’s good enough for me!
It holds a decent 750ml of water and the infusion basket is big enough to hold 4 tbsp of loose tea! so if you like it like sludge like my husband does (you can stand a spoon up in his tea!!) you can make it as strong as you like. I like it weak and so I devised a plan…. fill inner basket with tea, pour mine out almost as soon as the water has filled it, leave his to steep to such a colour that it makes me feel slightly sick looking at it. Perfect cup of tea for both of us. Everyone’s happy. As a side note, on a money saving aspect, once I’d filled our two cups for the first time with tea, I topped the pot back up with boiling water and he had a top up that stayed nicely hot until he’d finished his first cup. So, as the heat retaining properties of this pot are excellent, you can save money by reusing your tea leaves :)
The stainless steel section features the stylish Andrew James logo, which I like a lot. I always buy branded products from brands I know and trust. Less disappointment that way! I’ve been a customer of this brand for years and this tea pot lived up to my expectations (which I do appreciate can be unreasonably high at times, but thats who I am) and my own glass infusion teapot has been retired to the back of the cupboard.
This pot is well designed, well made, looks good and keeps the tea piping hot without the need for a tea cosy (my gran loved them and I caught the bug off her) its also stylish enough to take to the table around which guests are sitting that you wish to impress.
I brew black teas, herb teas and fruit teas in mine. Its just perfect.
Very Highly Recommended!!