Growing up when I would get the flu or a rough cold my mom would take the Lipton tea bags out of the top cupboard and set the kettle on the stove. She would bring me that warm mild tea with a few drops of honey and sit with me until I either fell asleep or started to feel better. As an adult I associated drinking tea with comfort but the whole tea-lovers world kind of escaped me – it just wasn’t something that I did for great taste, or full flavors – steeping a Lipton tea bag doesn’t lend itself to a memorable experience. Recently I was introduced to a group of products from The Fine Life and good heavens have I been missing out! Tea drinking is not only about comfort – it’s about taste, it’s about flavor, it’s about perfection and warmth and so much more.
An amazing tea experience starts with, of course, amazing tea. There are a million options available to explore but on the advice of one of my favorite people I started with a black tea with French Vanilla undertones (I used the Fine Life brand tea on the advice of my friend). One of the most surprising things I’ve learned about enjoying tea is that you can use the best tea in the world but it’s only as good as your brewing method. I’ve learned that infusing loose leaf tea can be done using a bag, or a ball, but to really get the benefits (both health benefits and taste), you should use a full brewer that allows the steeping tea to expand and really have the opportunity to be fully infused into the water. The Fine Life Ideal Infuser is a full brewer that lets me enjoy all of the many benefits of a premium tea. I simply load the infuser with my tea, add the hot water, let the tea steep for five minutes, and then drain the infuser directly into my mug. There is a strainer built in the brewer that makes sure that the tea leaves stay out of my mug (they stay in the brewer where they can actually be used for a second cup of tea). The results are incredible – a full-flavored highly-aromatic cup of tea that is brewed to perfection. I can’t believe I have been missing out on this experience all of these years!
I received the Ideal Life Bottom Dispensing Loose Leaf Tea Infuser at a promotional cost in exchange for an unbiased review and love that I can easily and quickly brew a perfect cup of tea. I also love that my son can use my infuser to brew a cup of his favorite coffee!