Thursday, December 01, 2011

GREAT Gift Idea, Review and Give Away: Libre Tea Glass

Well my dear fellow bloggers - November COMPLETELY got away from me.
No, I didn't blog even once.
That happens sometimes, but with the holidays comes lots of experimenting and fussing around in my kitchen, so stay tuned, I have plenty to say in the near future!!

Today, however, I wanted to post a review I've had brewing (pun intended) for several months now. Someone asked me, somewhere around my birthday (back in SEPTEMBER) what one of the best "foodie" gifts was that I'd ever received.

Me, with my amazing friend,
Sunny; I blame my
Tea Glass addiction
on her! 
And while I'm grateful for, and thrilled with the many wonderful cookbooks, appliances, food items and aprons, I'd have to say unequivocally, my favorite, most practical, most used, most beautiful "food" related gift has been the Libre Tea Glass I received from my friend Sunny. Most everyone who knows me, knows I LOVE tea. And a pretty, and useful drinking/brewing container for my tea was the PERFECT, perfect thing!

 Like I said, I'd been meaning to do a review for ages and somehow it just hasn't happened, but with tea-drinking, gift-giving season rolling around, I thought it was a perfect time.

WHAT exactly is this tea glass, you ask? Well, a Libre Tea Glass is a beautiful, functional, lidded clear-glass cup for your tea.
It's see-thru, glass-lined and BPA-free polycarbonate something-something on the outside, with a strainer/filter top. You can brew loose-leaf tea or those awesome tea "blossoms" that I find so fascinating.

Simple, pretty, functional.
I discovered I cannot get a decent picture that even
begins to  do these glasses justice, so I've
borrowed this one from the Libre Tea website.

  • If you're looking for the perfect gift for a tea lover, this is it.
  • If you're looking for a gift for someone who "has everything", this is it! (I now have three and love ALL of them!)
  • If you're shopping for a earth-saving-super-recycling-eco-warrior (aren't we all one of these?), this is perfect.
  • If you're needing something innovative but simple - and pretty, this is a great option.
  • If you know someone who likes brewing tea, but NOT the mess, this is it!
  • Annnnnd, if you don't have a lot to spend? Again, this is a moderately priced, but amazingly practical, useful gift! (20% off thru December 4, too!)

Check out the instructional video on their website for better information, but what I love is that you can brew loose-leaf tea (which always used to be a messy struggle for me) right in the beautiful glass - no waiting, no straining or drippy tea balls. Then, a removable stainless-steel filter lets you drink your tea straight from the glass after brewing, keeping tea leaves in the glass and out of your mouth (it's removable for easy cleaning).

Also comes in a
"mug-with-handle"
model!
The polycarbonate insulates the glass so it's far less breakable AND you can hold your hot beverage easily. If you are the much more careful type (not me) there is also an exquisite all-glass model.
Oh, annnnd, there's a lid to keep it hot and contained, should you need to take your tea to yoga (not me, I don't do yoga) or in your bag to school (me).

Loose leaf tea tastes SO much better in my opinion, is infinitely cheaper and produces less waste than tea bags too, always a good thing!
So, if, after reading about my complete devotion to this product (absolutely true!), and poking around their website a bit, you are absolutely smitten, as I was, then by all means order one for yourself and for all those other people still on your Christmas list!

As an added bonus, the lovely people at Libre are going to let me give away one of their beautiful glasses:.
All you have to do is leave me a comment about your favorite tea.
As an additional entry you can either POST A LINK to this give-away on Facebook or Twitter, OR "Like" Libre Tea on Facebook OR follow on Twitter. (Post an additional comment if you do one of those.)
 I'll pick an entry by random drawing on Sunday, Dec. 4th about 10 PM.

42 comments:

Jenny said...

That is so beautiful! I like genmaicha.

Kelly said...

My favourite tea changes with my mood and the weather.

I love a good cup of chai, but, for the most part, I lean toward green teas.

A local tea shop has the most wonderful ginger peach tea that I have ever had. It's good hot or iced.

I also love a good dessert tea for days that I'm craving sweets.

Kelly said...

I re-tweeted your post about this giveaway (@kellycrochets)

Joni said...

I just tried a mango tea at a tea shop and LOVED it! It's my new fave.

Art You Dream About said...

Echinacea is my favorite

Nicole said...

Oooh, I've really wanted to try one of these. I like anything decaf and my tastes change with my moods (or whatever I have in the house). I do like rooibos!

Art You Dream About said...

I'm following libretea on Twitter

cadryskitchen.com said...

That glass is so pretty! I can see why you love yours. My favorite tea is chamomile. I enjoy it every night before bed, and it's one of my favorite rituals of the day.

Gina CW said...

One of my favorite teas this time of year is Tazo's green ginger with some vanilla soy milk in it. So cozy & comforting!

WonderRandy said...

I love Lapsong Souchong... Or green tea, iced...

WonderRandy said...

Posted a Link, Liked Libre Tea on FB, Followed them on Twitter...

radioactivegan said...

That is such a pretty glass! I don't drink a lot of tea, but my dad LOVES it. I would give this to him for a certain upcoming, gift-giving holiday :)

JL Goes Vegan said...

I love mint teas! They are refreshing and better than an after dinner mint! :)

JL Goes Vegan said...

I tweeted!

Catherine said...

My favorite is a minty blend called "Evening in Missoula." I had a small hissy (internally) the last time the co-op ran out! ;)

Michelle said...

I got some awesome loose leaf tea in China that you brew straight in your cup and don't strain out the leaves! If you get one in your mouth you just chew and swallow it!

Earthy Veg said...

I love flavored black tea. My favorites are Peach Mango and Passion Fruit.

Rhean (Northwest Herbivore) said...

Brilliant! I've tweeted.

Beth said...

How pretty! My absolute favorite tea is Earl Grey. There's nothing like it!

Lizzie Bordello said...

I usually go for the fruity types of teas, although the husband is the real tea fan in the family. If I win, this will definitely be a gift for him!

Lizzie Bordello said...

I'm following LibreTea on Twitter. :)

Fabian said...

Dear Tofu Mom,
this is a really useful giveaway!
I would love to brew my Genmai-Cha in there :-)

Summer said...

I love gunpowder green!

snarkyvegan said...

My favorite tea actually sounds like a punchline to a vegan joke: Twig Tea. I know right? It's actually really good and my favorite.

snarkyvegan said...

I also followed Libre on Twitter!

Liz said...

My favorite tea right now is citrus chamomile - perfect for winter mornings here in Chicago and for keeping my hands warm walking on campus!

Liz said...

I also like Libre Tea on Facebook.

Courtney said...

I am boring, but I love simple peppermint tea :-)

Courtney

Cranky Little Apricot said...

Flavored black tea is my usual choice, but I love a fancy oolong when I'm using loose tea.

Marisa said...

Favorite tea for winter is one I picked up on Whidbey Island that's a rooibos with hazelnut and raisins. Tastes like dessert :)

Marisa said...

I also like Libre Tea on Facebook!

Chris said...

I love Tazo's Passion Tea.

Get Skinny, Go Vegan. said...

Oh those are COOL!

Della said...

My fave is regular old mint tea. Such a classic though!

Della said...

I tweeted, Facebooked and liked all of you! Yay!

Karyn said...

Right now my favorite is Chai tea.

Karyn said...

I liked Libre Tea on Facebook

Lina said...

Oh my! That's gorgeous! My favorite tea is Red Raspberry Leaf (crazy, I know!).

veganhomemaker said...

Since it's the Holiday season I've been drinking Tazo's Joy.

Kate said...

My favorite tea right now is Republic of Tea's Vanilla Almond. I've been brewing it in the morning with hot apple juice instead of water and its been so good!

Little Red Hens said...

I would love this! My favorite tea is Ginger. I usually grew it myelf from fresh ginger root

Farrah P said...

I recently discovered Teavana and am in total love with their Blueberry Bliss tea mmmm