Rated 1 out of 5 by TennesseeCarol Not so hot
Although designed for brewing and drinking tea, the mug is unsuitable. Tea drinkers do not like to have to take each sip of tea filtered through the steeped leaves in the basket. The tea just keeps getting stronger and stronger and tastes worse and worse.
Instructions state not to remove the basket when a hot beverage is present. So how do you drink it?
In addition, unscrewing the lid each time you want a sip is tedious.
Sorry, Bean. It sounded like a good idea to somebody. I'll be sending mine back.
May 28, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 Not good for strong teas
I've seen a few reviews with both pros and cons and I thought I would bridge the gap.
Very nice vacuum mug.
Robust lid apparatus.
The tea strainer is ridiculously difficult to remove. Attempting to brew hot green tea for 3min and then remove the leaves is not a possibility unless you want 3rd degree burns all over you body. Picture this: you grasp the scalding hot tea strainer (with an iron grip to remove its tight seal) and then are showered with hot tea leaves because it jerks open and the lid is NOT tightly sealed and hot metal, leaves and liquid spew everywhere. If you can maintain a handle on the rest of the assembly, you will have hot, metallic-tasting green tea all day!! >B-]
...But it's fine for Darjeeling, Puer or Chai which can sit there all day without tasting nasty. Unfortunately, I prefer green or black teas with 2-5min brew times before they get super bitter.
February 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by vintagegardener Top will not open
I was looking forward to using this mug. It seemed like a wonderful idea. Unfortunately I was unable to ever open the tea basket of the mug. It seemed stuck tight to the other parts of the mug. I asked my husband to also see if he could help me, but he also was not able to get the piece unstuck. I guess this will be going back to my regret.
January 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by pamr69 Keeps my tea very hot
Needs an easier way to drink
January 15, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by MEvacationer poorly designed for tea
This is a nice stainless steel thermos. However -- the tea strainer sits under the top. It fits very tightly by pressure, so removing it with tea in the mug means straining to work the dripping strainer off with very hot tea leaves in it which will spill all over the place (the cover to the tea strainer is loose) or leaving the tea leaves in the strainer and sipping all the tea through the strainer, also not a good idea. Nice idea, but poorly designed for tea. I'm returning the one I ordered unused.
December 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sprouter a good drink mug
This mug keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold!
December 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lisaaaa Excellent
I love it. It took some time to remove the tea basket. It kept my tea warm for 3 hours.
December 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by OldTimeyModern The Greatest Tea Mug Ever
Absolutely lives up to the description. I commute an hour to work only to arrive with (at best) a luke-warm beverage. I've been on the search for a mug that would hold the heat; and this is it! The tea basket is sturdy and does the job - or easily snaps off for coffee or soup. Super easy to clean too. My tea is piping hot at my desk and is steaming hot hours later. This is the greatest tea mug ever.
December 2, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by pcperson didn't like it
for one thing i thought it was going to be a little bigger around than it was. then, there are 2 screw on parts, one for the part you drink from and a cap that goes on top of that. to unscrew one you unscrewed both cause they screw in the same direction which was inconvenient when you just wanted to take a sip, you had to fight to keep the lower cap on. i never used the filter part cause i make my tea in a bigger cup in the am. and pour it to the travel cup. i used it the one time. i wanted to send it back, but the shipping to send it back ($6.50) was almost as much as i paid for it($9.81)with a coupon i had. if i send it back it will cost me 6.50 and i won't have anything to show for it. they say free shipping but they don't tell you that if you have to send it back it's going to cost you
November 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hottea Great on The Go
Perfect for tea lovers! Keeps tea hot for long time. Great idea. Only wish there was a larger size so I could double up for longer trips!
November 15, 2013