A Red Teapot – Review and Giveaway #27
I think I have discovered my ideal shop. Perhaps I should qualify that with my ideal non-food shop. I love red and I especially love red in my kitchen. Red Candy is an online shop that features mostly red home accessories including kitchen and dining ware.
When I was asked if I’d like to review one of the pieces from the site, I became quite feverish and spent an inordinate amount of time imagining my home bedecked in all things red as I hopped from one item to another. The pieces are interesting and often quirky; trying to choose only one item was very very hard. I loved the clocks and would have been happy to relieve Red Candy of several of these, but sense asserted itself: how many clocks can my kitchen take? Much as I wanted one of the clocks, I realised they didn’t really fit in with my blog so I had a rethink.
Tea, however does. Tea is a perfect accompaniment to a nice slice of chocolate cake or chocolate biscuit and has made regular appearances on my blog. Tea is my drink of preference. Not builder’s tea, very rarely any sort of black tea, but light and refreshing teas such as green and white, honeybush or my favourite, rooibos. I also drink matcha and herbal teas some of which I gather from the garden. For preference I drink loose leaf tea. I find it is generally of a higher quality than that found in tea bags and thus has a better flavour. The tea leaves can also be used a second and even third time. But, I do not like the bitterness of over brewed tea, so a way is needed of getting those tea leaves out before this happens. I’ve seen any number of infusers over the years and none have ever worked so well as a removable infuser that sits in a teapot.
So, when I came across a bright red six cup teapot with inbuilt infuser by Price & Kensington, I didn’t have to think again. Not only do I not have a large teapot, I don’t have a red one at all (well not one that is completely red anyway). The teapots on the site were many and varied, but all were red. Mine was one of the more conventional ones, but whilst I was tempted by some of the QDO designs, this, I thought, was the most practical. Having chosen, I awaited its arrival with trepidation – would it live up to my expectations, or would the infuser fall apart at first use (which has happened before) or worse still, be a hopeless pourer, spilling more tea on the table than into the cup? The pot duly arrived and I dashed off to make a pot of tea with it. I thought I’d try the last of my chocolate tea, a mixture of chocolate beans, rooibos and spices from Chash which I’ve been drinking on special occasions and this was a special occasion. The pot was big, red and shiny which in itself made me feel cheerful and put a smile on my face. The infuser, I was relieved to find was quite sturdy, of stainless steel construction and fitted nicely into the teapot whilst still allowing the lid to go on and the tea to be poured. It has its own handle for easy removal at any stage of the process. Used leaves are easily tapped out into the compost bin or out on the garden. This oh so wonderful teapot is not only a great pourer, but not a single drip has it left anywhere it shouldn’t. The spout is a slightly different shape to others I’ve seen, the tip is slightly flattened, which I guess accounts for its amazing non-drip proclivity. It now sits happily in my kitchen where it will be very well used.
I’ve just noticed that there is a sale on at Red Candy and I might be paying a visit as soon as I’ve finished writing this.
Red Candy have kindly offered one of these marvellous teapots to one lucky Chocolate Log Blog reader.