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Look at this for IngenuitTEA – Review and Giveaway #48

The collection of teapots in our house is steadily growing. This suits us fine as we now have the right teapot for every occasion. Or at least I thought we did. When I was sent an ingenuiTEA to try out from Adagio Teas, I realised our collection was by no means complete. This contraption brews loose leaf teas, letting out the steeped tea from the bottom rather than through a spout. Tea leaves are placed inside the pot and hot water added. As soon as the tea is ready, it is placed atop a cup; the valve opens and the clear tea filters through. Once you have finished with your tea leaves, they can be tossed away and the ingenuiTEA washed up – by hand or in the dishwasher.

What I liked

  • The see through nature of the container – it’s fun to see tea leaves unfurling and the water changing colour as the brew progresses.
  • The non-drip nature of the design – unlike many teapots, you can stop the process at any point and put the ingenuiTEA down without a single drip.
  • No need for heat proof surfaces or protective mats – the pot is elevated off the surface with no hot bottom to burn your precious table.
  • Neat design – I like the simple look.
  • Works with any cup up to 9.5 cm in diameter.

What I wasn’t so keen on

  • The material used – I am not a fan of plastic and would have preferred glass. It is, however, BPA free.
  • No way of determining the volumes – unless you are using a clear cup, it’s not obvious when to stop the flow. I had tea overflowing all over the place with the first cup I made, though I very soon got the hang of it.
  • The capacity is 450ml (16 oz) which is not quite enough for two regular mugs and too much for one. It is, however, perfect for two tea cups. Maybe I just need to be a little more refined in my tea drinking.
  • Brand stamping – I would prefer to have the device completely clear of all writing and logos.
Along with the ingenuiTEA, I was sent five sample packs of Adagio teas to try. I do like a bit of tea sampling – it’s very nearly as exciting as chocolate tasting. All of the teas are hand picked and sourced direct from artisan producers. You can read interviews with some of the farmers on their website. The section dedicated to Tea is Good for You is worth a read, though if all the various health benefits of tea are to be believed, I should live to at least 150.

The more teas I sample, the more I’m amazed at just how different they all are. I’d requested a variety of teas, some of which I was familiar with and others I’d not tried before. These sampling packs struck me as a particularly good idea; you can try before committing to a more extensive purchase. Each pack is resealable and contains enough tea to make a good ten cups. They come with instructions which include brewing times and water temperature, although being an American company, this was in degrees fahrenheit rather than celsius. 

Chocolate Chip
I had to try this one first, of course. I’m not normally a fan of black teas, but I will partake of chai, Earl Grey and the occasional speciality tea if it’s on offer. This was a black Ceylon tea with cocoa nibs, dark chocolate chips and a natural chocolate flavour. I’ve tried several chocolate teas now, but never one which contained actual chocolate pieces. This is the only one I tried adding a dash of milk to as I thought it would work well with both the black nature of the tea and the chocolate. I was right, although it worked equally well without. The chocolate flavour shone through with fruity notes and a slight astringency.

White Peony
Good quality white tea is my favourite version of Camellia sinensis. This one was a new one on me. The unopened tea buds are harvested along with the two newest leaves. This freshness really comes through. It has a light fruity aroma with a delicate taste.  Floral and fruity tones shine through and it isn’t in the least bit bitter. Really it is quite delicious and an excellent accompaniment to afternoon tea.

Ti Khan Yin
I know very little about oolong teas, other than they are complex in both production and flavour and are thus correspondingly more expensive than many other teas. They are a speciality of South China and although they come in many varieties are all oxidised to some degree or other. To my knowledge, this was the first oolong tea I’ve ever tried. Ti Khan Yin being greenish in colour is a lightly oxidised tea. It has both a grassy and floral aroma and a fresh sprightly taste that both CT and I really liked, yet, the notes left lingering on the palate are woody ones. This is a nice refreshing cuppa which works particularly well as a breakfast tea we thought.

Honeybush
This red South African tea, not to be confused with the more commonly known rooibos, has an aromatic fruity scent with honey notes. It is not a true tea, being the leaves of a legume called Cyclopia rather than what we commonly know as tea, Camellia sinensis. It contains no caffeine, is low in tannins so there is no bitterness if over brewed and it is said to lower cholesterol and fight respiratory infections. CT, who has fond memories of his trip to South Africa many years ago, thinks it encapsulates the smell of the bush and transported him back there almost immediatley. The tea is the colour of honey and has a pleasant sweet and fruity flavour, not overpowering, but refreshing. This has been a firm favourite of ours for many years.

Jasmine Phoenix Pearls
Tight clusters of curled green tea leaves form little balls known as pearls. As soon as they come into contact with hot water they unfurl in a rather beautiful way. Also beautiful is the aroma generated from the Jasmine which quickly scents the room. The flavour is prominent, but not overpowering as can be the case with some jasmine teas. We both thoroughly enjoyed this one and it works particularly well as an after dinner refresher.

Thanks to Adagio for the ingenuiTEA and tea samples. There was no requirement to write a positive review and as always all opinions are my own.

Giveaway
Adagio Teas have kindly agreed to give one of my readers a an ingenuiTea pot and a selection of tea samples. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.

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Closing date is Friday 20 June 2014

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Tea Pot & Samples

Comments

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    Laura Denman
    23rd May 2014

    Good old Yorkshire Tea I think or maybe redbush is my favourite for biscuits or cake.

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    Higher Fingle
    23rd May 2014

    Love to try the jasmine phoenix pearls sounds just right after alfresco dinner in my perfect garden (dreaming now!)

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    Aunt Bee
    23rd May 2014

    I am from the southeast United States and all I have ever had tea wise is Sweet Iced Tea! So this was really fun to read about!!!! <3

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    debbie creasey
    24th May 2014

    The chocolate chip as i am a total chocoholic id like to drink it on my patio if it ever stops raining!

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    kj19
    24th May 2014

    chocolate chip oh yum!!.. sitting in my garden on a sunny afternoon

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    Vohn's Vittles
    24th May 2014

    Ooh I’ve been thinking about getting a clear tea pot. I have one of those tea “flowers” that unfurls and grows as it brews & I need a clear pot to see its beauty! x

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    Emma
    25th May 2014

    Those Jasmine Phoenix Peals look lovely πŸ™‚ Teas that expand are such fun!

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    Anonymous
    25th May 2014

    got to be chocolate chip! @msedollyp

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    Mrs Pauline Wood
    25th May 2014

    Yorkshire of course

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    Sandra Lane
    26th May 2014

    chocolate chip tea? It sounds all wrong but I’d love to try it sitting on a comfy sofa watching an old film on tv.

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    Hekna
    26th May 2014

    I would have to try the White Peony first when curled up on the sofa with a good book!

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    IANSMIC
    26th May 2014

    The Honeybush – sounds like a tea to drink when you are reading a good book sat in the garden on a lovely hot day. πŸ™‚

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    Charmian Filewood
    27th May 2014

    Honeybush, on a nice warm sunny day in the back graden.

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    Barbara Handley
    27th May 2014

    Chocolate chip first. Any mention of chocolate and I am there! Would try it by myself curled up on the sofa.

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    Tracy K Nixon
    27th May 2014

    The Jasmine Phoenix Pearls sounds a nice cuppa to enjoy in the garden with a good book!

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    A James
    27th May 2014

    Lovely, would really like to try the Jasmine pearls

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    emily p
    27th May 2014

    Ti Khan Yin – in bed with some toast on a sunday morning πŸ™‚

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    savo888
    27th May 2014

    Jasmine Phoenix Pearls, I love jasmine tea anyway and would be curious about how this would taste.

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    Val Swift
    27th May 2014

    Chocolate chip – instead of reaching for a chocolate bar when I get a craving

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    sooz
    27th May 2014

    I’d love to try the chocolate chip one first – curled up on the sofa with a good book

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    Liz Harbron
    27th May 2014

    Would love to try the Jasmine Phoenix Pearls tea in my back garden on a sunny afternoon.

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    Lynda Brown
    27th May 2014

    Couldn’t be any other apart from Chocolate Chip…

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    Isabel O'Brien
    27th May 2014

    I would try Honeybush, I love honey. I would drink it in bed with my cat Percy reading a book.

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    Sarah Prightingale
    27th May 2014

    They all sound delicious but I would like to try the chocolate chip, at home in the evening watching the television.

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    Matt Froggatt
    28th May 2014

    The chocolate chip flavour in my favourite chair

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    Sarah Birkett
    28th May 2014

    I couldn’t resist the chocolate flavour, but I also like the sound of the one with honey

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    Christina Brown
    28th May 2014

    Honeybush πŸ™‚ yum

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    Jessica Wilde
    29th May 2014

    I love ti khan yin… I would drink it, while watching the summer drizzle slide down the window pane… It’s a lovely flavour, almost like a hug in a teacup!

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    Anonymous
    29th May 2014

    Honeybush in the garden
    (Spencer Broadley)

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    Sue
    29th May 2014

    White Peony would be the first one I would try, sitting on the bench tucked into the corner of my garden enjoying the sunshine (ideally) and enjoying all the flowers planted in my quiet corner.

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    Amy
    31st May 2014

    It would have to be Chocolate Chip!

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    kohsamui14
    31st May 2014

    Jasmine Phoenix Pearls at home first thing in the morning before anyone else wakes up- I just love the peace @kohsamuirosie on twitter

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    Djembe
    2nd June 2014

    Honeybush, to get back in touch with my South African expat identity with something that ISN’T rooibos or dried meat.

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    ponypompom
    3rd June 2014

    Jasmine Phoenix Pearls – I love teas which you can watch unfurl!

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    dawn chapman
    3rd June 2014

    white peony, it sounds lovely

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    Bianca Franks
    5th June 2014

    Mmmm the Honeybush relaxing on my new sofa! x

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    Suzie W
    5th June 2014

    Honeybush, although I’d probably enjoy all of them

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    Catherine Harper
    8th June 2014

    Jasmine Phone is Pearls sounds divine. I would drink it at home once my son is asleep and the house is nice and peaceful.

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    Teresa Lee
    9th June 2014

    The Jasmine Phoenix Pearls – feet up relaxing on the sofa

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    sue
    10th June 2014

    jasmine sounds good and i would drink it on the patio

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    Miriam Said
    11th June 2014

    The Jasmine Pearl would be my first choice and I wouldlike to drink it in Hong Kong, but as that is not realistic then I would like to drink it in my garden on a warm evening at twilight with some candles burning in some storm lamps. Perfect.

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    Solange
    12th June 2014

    The chocolate chip…in bed…

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    dionne
    12th June 2014

    DEFINATELY CHOCOLATE CHIP-YUMMY πŸ™‚ INFRONT OF A GOOD MOVIE!!

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    Sam P Toms
    13th June 2014

    Honeybush, in the front garden with the sun out πŸ™‚

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    faye huntington
    13th June 2014

    mm chocolate chip whilst watching a chick flick! πŸ™‚ faye x

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    Lauren Old
    16th June 2014

    Chocolate chip yummmmy, I’d drink this in my sitting room after a long day at work!

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    Nadawilson
    16th June 2014

    Honeybush! On the sofa with my feet up as soon as the darling children are in bed! πŸ™‚ x

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    cheryl kean
    16th June 2014

    Chocolate Chip sound unusually nice ! id ike to drink this outside on a summers day x

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    Rachel Davies
    17th June 2014

    I would love to try the Chocolate Chip one sitting out in the garden on a nice sunny day – @Rcd2129 on twitter

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    lilaclil
    17th June 2014

    Mmmmm Chocolate chip is amazing for chocoholics!!I would make a big flask of it and sit on my local beach to drink it watching the sun setting!!(carroll marsh)

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    Hawthorn
    17th June 2014

    honeybush sounds lovely, and sitting in the garden with the sun shining sounds like a great place to enjoy it

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    Angela Wheeler
    18th June 2014

    My choice would be Chocolate Chip, I would drink it in my living room after the school run and enjoy the peace and quiet!

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    krnries
    18th June 2014

    I’d love to try the Jasmine first, and I’d like to drink it in the garden on a warm summer’s evening πŸ™‚

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    sheridarby
    18th June 2014

    I’d like to try The Honeybush, sitting in my garden enjoying the sunshine

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    katarzyna b
    18th June 2014

    White peony in my sunny garden! x

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    Laura
    19th June 2014

    Definitely the chocolate chip! I’d drink it in the garden πŸ™‚

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    Anonymous
    19th June 2014

    Chocolate chip, at a visit with my Mum. As we both love tea and chocolate. This would be a fine treat for both of us to share.

    Rachel Craig

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    Samantha Freeman
    19th June 2014

    I would like to try the Chocolate Chip, never tried a chocolate tea before and it sounds really interesting, although they all do to be honest

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    Rich
    19th June 2014

    Honeybush, sitting in the garden reading the paper :o)

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    Karen McNay
    19th June 2014

    That chocolate chip is sooo interesting. I love the caramel teas with a bit of milk.

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    dwerry
    19th June 2014

    I’d like to try the Jasmine Phoenix Pearls and the perfect place to drink it would be in my garden.

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    Gillian Hale
    19th June 2014

    The Honeybush one sounds great

  63. Leave a Reply

    Chris Fletcher
    19th June 2014

    Chocolate chip sounds interesting! Probably out in the garden first thing in the morning.

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    Natalie83
    19th June 2014

    choc chip. ive had choc tea at work in th past but i would def enjoy this at home in the evening when kids in bed-

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    Hafsa Ravat
    19th June 2014

    very thorough and informative review

  66. Leave a Reply

    Hafsa
    19th June 2014

    very thorough and informative review

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    Anonymous
    19th June 2014

    Chocolate Chip sitting in the garden

    @jaizduck

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    Anonymous
    19th June 2014

    just a nice cup of tea with a chocolate biscuit
    lisa ann tebbutt

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    Gavin O'Shaughnessy
    20th June 2014

    Chocolate chip in my sunny back garden

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    tamara
    20th June 2014

    chocolate chip sounds amazing – love to have this after getting in from work

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    Gillian Holmes
    20th June 2014

    Jasmine Phoenix Pearls I used to drink Jasmine tea a lot but I seem to have forgotten about it.

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    Alison Booth
    20th June 2014

    Honeybush tea – first thing in the morning at the breakfast bar

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    Joanne Higgins
    20th June 2014

    has to be chocolate chip, anything with chocolate in the title has to be a good start, and would sip away at it in the lovely sunny garden xx

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    Lucy C
    20th June 2014

    I’d try the chocolate chip at work (it might make my work day more enjoyable!).

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    irene Bolton
    20th June 2014

    Jasmine Phoenix Pearls early in the morning, in my garden.

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    Anonymous
    20th June 2014

    Honeybush tea…bringing my South African roots into my afternoons – on the patio. Anja

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    Ian Campbell
    20th June 2014

    I try Honeybush sitting under a parasol in the midday sun set against the backdrop of azure skies πŸ™‚

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    suewilly
    20th June 2014

    I’d love to try the honeybush tea sitting out on my patio with my hubby in the evening. We need to bring his cholesterol down so it would be great to try this tea as that’s supposed to be one of the benefits.

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