Hello, I am back. Finally.
I want to thank the people that messaged me saying they missed the blog. I had no idea anyone was really paying attention. Thanks for the ego boost.
I finally have my normal tea set again. I couldn’t fit it in my suitcase when I moved so I had to get my mother to send it.
Sadly my glass teapot broke in transit so I had to order a new one. This is my third tea makers of London glass tea pot. It is hard to blame them though, the first one broke when I dropped something on it, and the second one was probably the fault of the post office.
Unfortunately, they don’t seem to sell the 400ml (13.5 us fl oz) tea pots any more so I had to find one on Amazon it is a slightly older one and the spout isn’t as good as it is about half an inch shorter and trickier to pour, but it is still a serviceable tea pot that matches in with my glass jug and my glass tasting cups (which I have replaced with my Chinese porcelain carp cup for everyday use).
Another problem has been the kettle. The kettle that came with my apartment was ancient and filthy and I didn’t feel happy using it so I have been heating water on a stove. I order a klarstein goose neck kettle with temperature control. However I have been disappointed, first of all it took ages to ship (I know its coming from Germany but I have had stuff from China and Japan quicker), and when I finally got the kettle after two weeks it didn’t heat the water at all it turned on and then turned itself off after a few seconds. I have been chasing up the company for a refund but not had much luck.
Impatient I tried again and I found a thread about variable temperature kettles on the brilliant r/tea sub reddit, if you want to talk about tea r/tea is a rather friendly reddit to do so. On an thred someone recommended the Aicok Electric Kettle Temperature Control, Double Wall Cool Touch Stainless Steel Kettle with LED Display from 35°- 100℃ |BPA-Free| Quick Boil
I got it on Thursday, finally. What a saga to get my tea.
So is this second kettle any better than the Klarstein one? Yes, I love it.
Many variable temperature kettles have pre-set temperatures at 80. 90, 95 and 100 celsius (176, 194, 203, 212 fahrenheit) This works for most people but I tend to drink a lot of green teas from Korea which are usually drunk at 60. 70 or 75 Celsius (145. 158, 167 fahrenheit) and regular readers will know my favourite ever tea glenburn white moonshine darjeeling is an 85 degree celsius (185 fahrenheit) tea.
This kettle allows you to choose temperatures between 35- 100 celsius (95-212 fahrenheit) in increments of 5 degrees (celsius). There is also a keep warm functions, I tend to end up brewing two pots of tea using my small tea pot and this function saves me time on getting the tea to the right temperature the second time. The LED display also shows the current temperature of the water.
The kettle is also steel so no plastics to ruin the taste of the tea. I have moved from Cumbria, which has delicious tap water to London which….doesn’t. So I also invested in a filter jug to try and make the water taste better.
Sadly I was out of Glenburn Darjeeling so I tried it out with my second favourite, another 85 degree celsius (185 degree fahrenheit) tea the Rohini first flush Darjeeling.
Now I have a temperature control kettle I can stop using the tea thermometer. It still works but I’m lazy and this is easier. I will probably bring my tea thermometer to work because there is no kettle there only a tap that readily dispenses boiling water and I will want to wait for the water to cool down before adding my tea leaves in the infuser basket. I can see how a tap would save time and stop queues for the kettle, but honestly, the tea facilities at work do not match my high standards (I better be careful what I say here, I don’t think they are regular readers but I know at least two of my teammates plus my manager have seen this blog at least once and I don’t want to get fired).
Below are pictures of my new kettle in a slideshow format (I am trying to make this blog look more “professional” even though it is just me being opinionated about tea, so let me know what you think).
Ah my set up is back. I am aware I am using a more Chinese style set up but I know very little about Indian tea culture (I am trying to learn) so lets call it cultural fusion.
The Kettle cost me just under £43 (about $56), though I got it off Amazon and the price is variable. This isn’t cheap for a kettle but it isn’t overly expensive either. So is it worth it?
If you are going to use the features, yes. If you only drink tea made with boiled water I wouldn’t waste your money as you can get a kettle far cheaper, but if you drink a lot of green, white or oolong tea and will use the temperature control it is worth it.
There is also the option for simpler variable temperature kettles that will probably be sufficient if you only drink oolong at 90 or 95 degrees celsius (194 or 203 fahrenheit) and no other teas for example. However most of them are about the same price or more expensive than this one. If you are willing to spend £40-£50 (about $52-$65) on a variable temperature kettle you may as well buy the one with more features. After all you may fall in love with Korean green tea.
Also keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming long review on Yunomi Japanese green tea, I meant to put it up in August but life got in the way. My mum sent my tea set but not all my tea, so the fight to get a good quality tea set up continues but hopefully I will managed to finish soon (there were 12 teas in the pack I have already reviewed 9 but I want to publish them together for easy comparison).
Anyway hopefully I will be back to writing semi-regularly. I have a job now so I can’t blog as much as I used to but I hope to managed one post a week. We’ll see how it goes.