For several years now I have seen this "For Life Teabag Teapot" in various tea catalogs, but I didn't technically *need* one so I didn't order one, although I remained intrigued by the design. I liked the idea of having the little slot on the side where a teabag tag could slip through. When I won the teapot in Linda of Friendship Tea's giveaway last week, I was doing the happy dance!
The box showed a white teapot, but I was tickled to open it and discover this lovely blue one! I have been quietly collecting a few assorted blue teawares for my beach house (which I don't have yet!) since last year. I was also very happy that the maker of this teapot had provided a tag in this slot to show me how the teapot works.
When I saw this teapot in catalogs, I did not realize there was actually a rubber slot here that grips the thread of the teabag. In the photos, I thought I was just seeing "air" in that dark spot on the side of the teapot. Immediately, I realized what a smart feature this is. You can reel in the teabag if you like to stop the steeping, and if you're a re-steeper, as I often am, you can lower it again for the next brew. Brilliant!
For my inaugural run with this new teapot, I tried another gift I received in Linda's giveaway, the Lord Bergamot tea from Steven Smith Teamaker. It was a fine bergamot-flavored tea, and I'm sure I enjoyed it all the more because it was made using a great new teapot!