Monday, April 15, 2013

Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker 2 qt

Ever since I first saw Takeya's Flash Chill Iced Tea Beverage System I have been wanting to give it a try. The tea maker itself is made out of BPA free acrylic. It looked great without being as fragile as a glass pitcher would be, especially for an accident prone person like myself. The design was unique in that the large infuser basket attaches directly to the airtight lid. It allowed plenty of room for leaves to expand but the fine mesh kept most leaf particles from escaping. The silicone handle made it easy to grip and comfortable to hold. I tested both Takeya's Green Mint Flash Chill Iced Tea as well as a few teas that I had around the house and they all came out excellent.

One of the things I love most about this system is that there are accessories that expand the options for steeping your tea. I have the fruit infuser and strawberries have been a big hit in my house. It twists easily into the lid, just as the infuser basket does. I cannot wait to try some of my other favorite fruits like raspberries, blueberries and maybe even a melon or two. The citrus juicer makes it easy to add a splash of citrus to your iced tea. They also sell a Thermo Jacket that looks like it would be great for summer barbecues.

The only down side for me is that it does require quite a bit of ice in order to truly flash chill the tea. I don't have an ice maker so I wind up emptying the ice cube trays, much to my father's chagrin. Other than that, I really could not ask for more from an iced tea maker. I will definitely be using it to make some of my signature Golden Monkey Black Tea Sangria soon.

You can find out more about this iced tea maker here.

Takeya will be generously giving away an iced tea maker to one of my lucky readers. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. Sorry international tea lovers! Use the widget below to enter:

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