I love travel tumblers, you know that by now if you have been reading for a while. I use them daily - even when I am at home - because while I am working I don't want any chance that I will spill tea on my laptop. I was excited to have the chance to review this one from You Are Zen. And, You Are Zen is giving you a chance to win a tumbler too! Keep reading to see how.
The tumbler is made from tempered borosilicate glass, and it can handle hot or cold drinks. The filter basket is all stainless steel, and the bamboo lid is untreated and natural. The design on the tumbler is pretty but not exclusively feminine. I think it's very gender neutral and very appealing. There's a satisfaction guarantee on it, so you really can't go wrong.
When I took it apart I noticed that there wasn't really a brew basket, at least not one like I had seen before. I contacted the company and asked if the tumbler was really meant for prolonged steeping only. They told me that the filter top can be used as a steeping basket as well. Once I looked at it, I could absolutely see how it could be used!
I decided to brew tea two different ways in the tumbler for you. One brew with a limited steep tea, and with one where the leaves stay in.
I used one of my favorite tea blends for this steep. I use it for most of the travel tumblers that I review because I know how the tea should taste once steeped and I can compare it across different devices.
The idea with limited time steeps is that you put your leaf on top of the filter, pour the water through, and once the steep is done you pull out the stainless steel part and either empty it out, or save it for another steep if you are in a position to do that.
The tumbler holds 12 oz. of water when filled to the top, or 11 oz. when filled to the top edge of the steeping basket. I put 2t of leaf in the basket and filled it up to the top of the basket.
I always get comments from people that say you can't get a good steep in cases like this, so I took pictures every minute so you can see the tea brew. I didn't move it even a smidge, so this is all tea magic working on its own. This was a three minute steep, with photos taken when I first put in the water and then every minute after.
The brew tasted plenty strong and the double walled glass made the tumbler comfortable to hold. The drinking lip is rounded glass so that was comfortable too. I have had some tumblers in the past that had a rough edge but this one does not.
For the second brew I wanted to try something that would stay under the filter and just keep going while I added more water. Also, here's how you can win a tumbler for yourself!
We are looking for readers to submit ideas for recipes that can be used in the tumbler. Maybe it's a mix of fruit, maybe it's tea plus some add ins - be creative! To submit an entry, please email me here with your recipe by December 15th. A winner will be chosen by You Are Zen from the submissions and we will announce a winner by the 18th. The winning recipe will be featured on You Are Zen's website. There are no wrong answers here so give it a shot!
Here's a recipe that I make pretty regularly at home. I drink this in the evenings due to the low caffeine level, and I find that the mint relaxes me.
4g silver needle white tea
I put them all into the tumbler and added 175 degree water. Doesn't the blend look pretty? This is perfect for a clear tumbler because it's so gorgeous. You can find ingredients like food safe rosebuds at your local Asian grocery.
The tumbler did a great job of keeping all of the ingredients out of my mouth. I had no issues at all. I added more water after I finished the first tumbler full, but had to stop there or I would have been awake all night.
I was very happy with the tumbler's performance with both brews. I have to be honest, I wasn't sure how the limited steep brew would work with this design of brew basket, but it was just fine.
Also - no drips!
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