It's always fun to find a new tea product to try, but it's even more fun when a tea vendor offers to send me a sample and also provide one for a giveaway. So today, I'm happy to tell you about the new Libre Loose Leaf Tea Glass I just received and the unique way it works -- and if you agree perhaps you'd like to win one!
The stainless steel metal filter screws on to the top of the glass and can serve as a strainer for the tea leaves. You're sipping from the rim around the strainer, so no leaf actually reaches you. Nice!
I first tried it using one of the Ming Mei green tea samples Libre sent. I poured the leaves directly into the glass and added hot water.
It made a mild, pleasant tasting green tea with a slightly vegetal taste and no astringency, which makes this a good green tea in my book. I kept the tea in the glass and then poured more water through the filter to re-steep the leaves. Of course, this could be a problem if you don't drink your tea fast enough and it oversteeps, right?
Fortunately, the Libre Loose Leaf Tea Glass can be used another way as well. This time I filled the glass with hot water first, then placed some of my Emperor's Bride black tea in the filter, screwed on the lid, and then ...
turned the glass upside down. When the tea was finished steeping I turned it right side up, removed the filter lid and was able to sip out of the glass. According to the company, the Libre tea glasses "are thermal and have a glass interior, a durable poly exterior and removable tea filter." Also, all the tea glasses are BPA free. If you'd like to see a video of someone making tea using these two different steeping methods, click here.
And if you'd like to win your own Libre Tea Glass (a large one!) and sample of tea, just leave a comment to this post anytime between now and Monday at 7 a.m. EST and later that morning I'll let you know who's won. Good luck!