DCI Tea Duckie Floating Tea Infuser

I received this adorable tea infuser as a Christmas present. It features a mesh infuser basket that attaches to the bottom of a floating yellow duck. How cute is that? The basket is small but I think it is deep enough to handle a larger leafed tea. I tend to use a lot of leaf so I'll just have to be careful not to over fill it. I love that it comes with a holder. I'm often at a loss as to where to put my infuser when the tea is done steeping. This little guy is definitely going to be keeping me company at work in the near future. My only qualm would be that the duck piece is made out of plastic but there are no assurances of it being BPA free. It's a not a big enough concern for me to stop using this infuser but it might be for someone else.

Yumi Yumi Octopus Creature Cup

I have a major teaware addiction but I’ve been trying to cut back due to lack of space and funds. I just couldn’t resist when this unique and wacky cup was offered on the flash sale site Fab.com. What could be better than eight arms coming at you from inside of your teacup? The artist also makes a really cute version with a sea otter. These handmade cups are microwave and dishwasher safe. I cannot wait for it to get here so that I can do a little deep sea tea drinking. In case you want one for yourself, the title of this post is a link to the Etsy shop where they are available.

Smart Planet Eco Cold Drink Cup

I've been on the search for a cold drink cup to use for making chai and green tea lattes at home for a while. Luckily my local Shop Rite supermarket had these on sale. It's double walled design keeps drinks cold while minimizing condensation. The lid fits super tight which is important for the accident prone such as myself. The whole thing is made from BPA free plastic (definitely a big plus), even the straw. The one that I picked out was a super cute argyle print. My version is 16oz but they are also available in a 20oz size.  I love being able to be eco-friendly and drink tea at the same time. If I lived close enough to a Starbucks I would be tempted to see if they would let me use this instead of their disposable cups. It's technically the same size as a grande.

Thistledown Cozies Tea Wallet

There is nothing worse than wanting a good cup of tea and not being able to get one but it’s not always easy to carry tea with me. When I saw these for sale at World Tea East, I knew that I just had to have one. These six pocket tea wallets have a snap closure and are handmade in the U.S.A. They come in a rainbow of colors but the one that I picked up is a tan Asian inspired print.

I’ve currently got six loose leaf sachets from Adagio which makes it a little bulky. I always lug around a gigantic purse so that really isn’t a big deal. I’m excited to try putting some T-Sacs in it as well. Unfortunately I don't think there's a way to make these manly so they are probably only usable for the ladies but I love it all the same.

Cost Plus World Market Talisman Tea Infuser Mug

I’m always looking for easy ways to make tea on the go so I was really excited to give this one a try. The mug that I received was a different print (a pretty Asian inspired one) than the ones shown on their site but it had the same basic design. The set featured a tall mug with an ceramic infuser that fit inside and a lid. It retained heat well but didn’t get so hot that I was unable to touch it.

While aesthetically pleasing, I thought that the holes on the infuser were too large. I had trouble keeping anything but very large leafed teas (like my favorite dan cong) from slipping through. For this reason, I definitely prefer steel mesh infuser baskets over ceramic ones like this. If you don’t mind leaves in your cup then it’s really not that big of a deal. This mug would make a great gift for someone just getting started with tea or for someone who likes to make tea at the office.

Primula Liberty Tea Kettle

I’ve been begging my family to buy a new tea kettle for months. We’ve had a string of really cheap ones that either stopped whistling or scalded your hand when pouring. My local Shoprite had this bad boy on sale so we decided to give a whirl. The first thing that attracted me to it was the stainless steel body. These types of kettles are always much easier to keep clean than their more colorful counterparts.

It boils water, it pours, what more could you ask for? It’s no Breville but it does everything that it should. It works just as well for my mom’s green tea bags as it does for my gaiwan of puerh. The whistle is loud but not obnoxious or ear piercing. It has fairly large capacity, weighing in at 2.5 quarts. That’s important since constant tea drinking is genetic. I would definitely recommend this kettle.