Teaglass’s Teaglass

Teaglass by Teaglass
Borosilicate Glass
$29.99USD

Teaglass has provided me with Teaglass for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

When I first saw the Teaglass on Instagram, one of the first things I thought to myself was “What is that?” in a really intrigued way. The Teaglass is designed for drinking yerba mate, a caffeinated plant that is steeped like tea is and traditionally made in a cup that’s fashioned out of a gourd with a metal straw, or bombilla.  This Teaglass is thankfully not a gourd (I don’t think that would have made it through customs), and is made out of borosilicate glass that is hand-blown.

Teaglass boasts on their website that they are the first all-glass yerba mate cup that has a built-in straw and strainer – which I think is really neat. If you’re not familiar with borosilicate glass, it’s the same type of glass that was used in vintage Pyrex-ware and in vintage and modern day laboratory glassware.

The Teaglass came in a sturdy cardboard box, and wrapped in some bubble wrap for safety during transport (and survival when in the hands of the postal service!). The first thing I thought when I opened the box was that it was just really cute. The Teaglass fits nicely into my hand (and I have small hands) and it seems quite solidly made. It features a double-wall for the cup portion of the Teaglass, and the straw curves away from the cup for when you’re drinking. The Teaglass logo decorates the bottom of the glass, it’s not intrusive by any means. I’m not a huge yerba mate drinker by any means, so I will actually be testing this neat cup out with some chrysanthemum tea.

Preparation

Teaglass states that their Teaglass is dishwasher and microwave safe. I washed it in some soapy warm water before using it. I think if you were really concerned, you could use a thin bottle brush for cleaning the straw portion.

First Use

I dropped two huge dried chrysanthemum flowers into the Teaglass and then poured in my hot water to allow it to steep. I do want to say that the holes aren’t like a fine mesh, so I wouldn’t try a very fine loose leaf tea in here as I think it might go through the holes or clog it (but you can always just rinse it out). After steeping, I drank the tea out of the straw. I think due to the size of the cup, tea does cool down fairly quickly. The double-walled feature of the cup means no burning your hands on a hot cup of tea, which is really nice. I think this would be great for steeping sessions of oolongs, blooming teas, pu’erh, or any straight teas that don’t have added oils to it. For instance, I don’t think that I would steep an Earl Grey in this, only because I think it’d be a pain to clean any residue of the bergamot oil.

There were only smooth edges to the Teaglass, for anyone concerned about that. The size is a comfortable hold for me, and it was a fun experience. I’m definitely going to try some dragon pearls in it next, I think. Just the nature of being able to do some short, small steeps in this cup makes it quite ideal for more delicate teas. And the fact that your tea sits with the leaves, it makes it nice for grandpa-style tea steeping.

My Overall Impression

I loved Teaglass’s Teaglass. I just found this to be a very clever cup. It was easy to use, easy to clean, and made drinking tea quite fun. I found myself just resteeping over and over again because it was just fun to use. The small size makes it easy to do multiple steeps of the same tea, since you don’t have to go through a whole teapot, and the double-walled feature in the cup saves your hands from getting too hot. The fact that it’s hand-blown just kind of puts it over-the-top in the ‘cool’ category, because I just really appreciate the craftsmanship that went into it, it’s so detailed and if you head over to Teaglass’s Instagram page, you’ll also see how uniform the cups are between each other (which is doubly amazing).

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Adagio Teas’ Samurai Mate

Samurai Mate by Adagio Teas
Herbal Infusion (Yerba Mate & Rooibos) / Flavoured
$8.00USD for 3 oz

First Impressions

I got this sample packet of Samurai Mate as part of a promotion that Adagio Teas was putting on when Teavana Teas was closing. The packaging and label is nice and simple – very on point with their branding, and the label tells me everything that I need to know about the tea – steeping instructions and ingredients. Bonus points for being resealable, Adagio Teas! Something I greatly appreciate. Resealable packaging helps keep the tea fresh and ready to go for the next time I want to make a cup. If you’ve ever heard of Adagio Teas, it might have been their fandom teas (of which they have many…).

Samurai Mate has a strong almond aroma, which the cardamom, ginger, and orange in the background. There’s fruit in the blend as well, and lemongrass, that I can see, but I can’t pick out those aromas. Samurai Mate consists of: yerba mate, green rooibos, cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom, orange peels, lemon grass, aniseed, almond flavour, spicy cinnamon flavour, mango pieces, papaya flavour and pineapple pieces.

Preparation

Adagio Teas recommends steeping Samurai Mate in 212°F (100°C) water for 5-10 minutes. My initial steep was for 7 minutes.

First Taste

Samurai Mate steeps to a beautiful golden orange colour. There’s a rich ginger and cinnamon aroma from the steeped tea, which I do taste as well. Along with the ginger and cinnamon, I taste the cardamom with a light sweetness – which may be from the fruit. I can’t taste the almond, which is unfortunate since it was so present with the dry leaf. The tail end of each sip has just a hint of bright citrus notes, which makes for a tasty cup.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Samurai Mate, steeping for a total of 10 minutes. I found the colour and the flavour to be quite dilute compared to the initial steep. I didn’t really enjoy the resteep of the same leaves.

My Overall Impression

I liked Adagio Teas’ Samurai Mate. I really enjoyed the warming flavours of the ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon in the blend. The sweetness from the fruits was a nice touch, but I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to taste the almond in the steeped tea. That said, I’m really grateful that I couldn’t taste the rooibos in the base as I’m normally not a very big fan of rooibos. The citrus just added a touch of brightness to this blend, which made it quite delicious! I just wish that it had resteeped better since it was so enjoyable for the initial steep.

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24 Days of Tea: Jumpy Monkey

Jumpy Monkey by DavidsTea
Yerba Mate / Flavoured
$7.98 for 50g

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First Impressions

This is about to be the worst review ever, because I’m going to start by stating that I did not actually try this tea. I hate coffee (I know, I know…). I really cannot stand the smell of coffee on a good day. Up until maybe 4 years ago, the smell of coffee made me sick to my stomach.

Jumpy Monkey has a bitter coffee smell to it, I don’t really smell any of the chocolate that is supposed to be in there (I also don’t see it at all). With all the coffee that’s supposed to be in it, this is not an infusion of any sort that I want to try, but I am posting about it because it is part of the 24 Days of Tea.

The ingredients of Jumpy Monkey are: roasted yerba mate, green yerba mate, white chocolate, carob, baba budan coffee, green peaberry coffee, Brazil green coffee, Kenya green coffee, chicory, olive leaf, almonds, artificial vanilla flavouring.

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I did not try DavidsTea’s Jumpy Monkey, so I can’t give it a proper rating. I’m just really not a coffee fan at all, and the idea of drinking something that may make me feel sick to my stomach is not why I started One More Steep. If you’ve tried Jumpy Monkey before, let me know below in the comments how you feel about it! Is it something that a coffee hater might actually like, if given the chance?

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