Review of Capacitea Infuser Mug

As a lady who loves who loves a nice cup of tea there is nothing better than enjoying a cup of tea from a teapot. Sadly, I recently broke my beloved Bodum infuser teapot. I am now on the hunt to replace this. I decided to try an infuser mug as alternative as it is only me that uses a teapot. So when I was lucky enough to get the chance to review Capacitea infuser mug I couldn’t wait to give it a try



Onto the packaging. The mug is placed securely in bubble wrapping inside a strong cardboard box. On the box is as a picture of the mug and simple picture instructions on how to use it. I liked the simple design to this glass mug, you have the subtle brand logo underneath and deep blue handle. More importantly you can clearly see the colour of you tea inside. As I often say sometimes simple is best.


The mug itself is very light, inside you have the infuser element which you can either place tea leaves or a teabag. You simply add the freshly boiled at the appropriate temperature place the lid on and infuse the tea as required. You then simply remove the lid and infuser to add milk if required prior to drinking. You can replace the lid to help keep the tea warm if you know that you might get distracted like me.

Onto the tea taste. I initially tried the mug with tea leaves. I placed these inside the infuser and added this to the mug and added the lid. I removed these after the relevant brewing time. The first thing I checked was for any rogue tea leaves inside, which I can sometimes got into the tea when I have used other infuser mugs. There weren’t any so a big thumbs up there. The second test was the handle I was concerned that this may have been hot but it was not affected by the tea inside, perfect. What I also liked about the handle was that it felt light and delicate. The glass in which the mug was made from was also delicate just like the handle. It therefore made for an enjoyable drinking experience, not quiet the same as drinking out of a teacup but not far of this. The lid certainly helped the tea keep its heat. That said I tried the mug without this and the tea remained hot for around 5 minutes, not bad.


One element I do not enjoy when using an infuser is cleaning it. Even when you tip away those tea leaves some can get left behind even after a quick rinse. This was not the case with this infuser, the smaller holes in it’s design seemed to prevent this. Another problem I have when cleaning any teacups or mugs is that I have all my tea milk free frequently leaving a stain behind. The ease of removing this varies from each cup or mug. There was minimal staining which was quick and easy to remove with this mug. I also the mug in the dishwasher all elements cleaned perfectly, so that was a massive thumbs up from me.

So would I recommend this infuser mug? Definitely it is easy to use and clean, and keeps the tea hot even without the lid. This mug will now be taking residency at work in the hope that I will be drinking more teas which are hot not like warm.

Disclaimer: I received this product for the purpose of this review. All of the opinions are honest and my own.
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Review of Twinings Redbush Tea

My mission to reduce my caffeine intake is now going well after a little blip at the end of last year. My mum, who I have inherited my love of tea from enjoys her rooibos tea and drinks goodness knows how many cups a day. So I thought it was about time I tried some new rooibos tea to enjoy with my mum. I happened to stumble across some Twinings redbush tea at a recent buffet breakfast. So I have to confess to taking a packet home to try.
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I liked the vibrant orange colour of the packet with the orange, yellow and white leaf design. Onto the ingredients nothing was listed on the back of the packet. So I popped online and checked the Twinings website. Very disappointing no ingredients were listed. So onto the Amazon website I went. Only pure redbush is listed and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the packet there was a nice woody aroma was noted, or what I would expect from a good rooibos tea. This did not change on the close up sniff test. The teabag was a little darker in colour than I expected with a slight red tinge to it. I added the teabag to my teacup and added the hot water and let it infuse as instructed. It didn’t seem to take long for the tea to infuse with the hot water. It soon turned a dark cherry/brown colour. Onto the aroma of this tea a subtle woodiness was noted that was spot on. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea there were subtle undertones of both woodiness and grassiness noted. This was lightly stronger than I had anticipated but was a big plus for this tea as it was no to strong and overpowering. It was quiet pleasant and overall was a nice refreshing tea.
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So would I recommend this rooibos tea? Yes I would. It is one of the nicer everyday redbush teas that I have tried. It had a pleasant aroma and flavour and was a nice refreshing caffeine free tea. So thank you Twinings for producing a nice redbush tea that I can enjoy.

Review of Bigelow earl grey tea

As a girl who it is fair to say is addicted to tea my little adventure across America was a bit of shock to me. I had been warned that it may be difficult to grab a cup of tea but gosh this so true. I have never really had a problem before but perhaps that is because of where I had previously visited. I missed my tea but especially my earl grey. I always asked if tea was available did they have any earl grey, often the answer was no. When it was yes the tea of choice seemed to be Bigelow. So of course I just had to do a review on my blog.
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Onto the ingredients list tea leaves and natural oil of bergamot is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the package there was an aroma of a strong black everyday tea with a hint of bergamot intermingled with this. I was unable to work out what tea this was. I thought that it would be a strong black tea as the recommended brewing time was two minutes. I let the tea infuse with the hot water for this time. What I noticed was the tea immediately infused with the hot water and turned to a medium dark brown colour. Despite this I let the tea infuse as instructed. This indeed resulted in a stronger looking tea. But what about the aroma? It simply seemed to be sadly lacking. On my close up sniff test it did indeed smell of a black tea, but I struggled to find that bergamot aroma. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality black tea, but I just couldn’t taste that bergamot. I was a little disappointed to say the least. On a positive at least I was able to have a cup of tea and trust me that’s was a big thing for a tea addict from the UK. Also its strength meant that I was able to re steep the tea and have two cups of weaker tea as it was too strong for me at the recommended brewing time. As I was always given two teabags I saved some to take home and remind me of my fantastic holiday. So I gave the tea another try at home to ascertain if it tasted any different with freshly boiled water and in a nice tea cup. Sadly, both it’s the aroma and flavour were just the same as I remembered.
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So would I recommend this earl grey tea? I’m afraid not. The tea was a little too strong for me and only had a very feint hint of bergamot noted. Sorry Bigelow but this tea just wasn’t for me.

Review of Tea Leaf NO.17 London Rooibos Blend Earl Grey Tea

Now I’m a girl who loves her cups of tea especially earl grey tea. I have been doing really well in reducing my caffeine intake. Sometimes those cups of earl grey can lead me a little astray. So when Tea Leaf London contacted me and asked if I would like to try their NO.17 London Rooibos Blend Earl Grey as it was a caffeine free tea I of course said yes. The sample packet was clear so I could see the pretty purple pieces intermingled with the delicate rooibos. Onto the ingredients list. Rooibos, corn flower and natural flavourings are listed. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is a may contain warning for nuts. From a personal point of view I wish it listed exactly what the natural flavourings are.
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On receiving the sample I opened the packet I was immediately greeted by a delightful aroma that I immediately recognised as rooibos. It was more intense than other rooibos that I have previously tried. The was aroma was smoky with a slightly grassy undertone noted. I was unable to smell the fresh citrus and bergamot. I was a little disappointed with this as I love the citrus and bergamot that you get from and earl grey tea. So onto my close up sniff test. The smokiness from the rooibos intensified on my close up sniff test and became even more inviting. Sadly, I was unable to distinguish the citrus or bergamot. I added the tea to my infuser and added the hot water. I was soon hit with a delightful aroma that I associate with rooibos. This tea appeared to be more smoky compared to others that I have tried. I left the tea to infuse as instructed. The smokiness aroma remained the same but the subtle undertone of grassiness became more apparent. This remained the same on the close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got hit by its smokiness intermingled with a hint of grassiness. This was proceeded by a slight citrusy undertone. All three elements worked really well together. Did it remind me of an earl grey tea? Not as much I had personally hoped. I was expecting a stronger citrus and bergamot element to this tea in both aroma and flavour. To be honest this didn’t really matter. I sometimes personally find some rooibos teas too strong but the flavour of this tea was subtle and not overpowering which was just right for me. It made for a nice comforting tea. In fact it is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried. The fact it wasn’t meeting my expectations of being a caffeine free version of my beloved earl grey just didn’t matter.
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So would I recommend this tea? Yes I would as it is a delicate and delightful rooibos tea that I will continue to enjoy.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try and review. All of the opinions in this post are my own and honest.

Review of Mighty leaf organic earl grey tea

Our first part of our journey on the California Zepher started in Chicago. We got complimentary use of the lounge whilst we waited to board the train. My friends went exploring to find out what food and wine they could sample I went straight to the hot drinks section. To my amazement there was a little selection of teas and it wasn’t Lipton. It consisted of earl grey and decaffeinated breakfast teas from a company called Mighty leaf. As you can as you imagine I was a little excited. So I got a cup added the hot water and grabbed a teabag, or silken package as I later found out.
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I Googled the Mighty leaf website to check the ingredients and it consists of organic black tea leaves and organic bergamot oil. No allergens are highlighted in the ingredients list and there is a no may contain warning. It is also listed as being gluten free and suitable for vegans.
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On opening the package there was a delightful aroma of bergamot intermingled with a slightly strong black tea. I was unable to work out what tea this was. Not only was this a posh teabag it smelt wonderful. This was looking promising. It had a recommended brewing time of 4 minutes, so I let the tea infuse with the hot water for this time. What I noticed was the lack of aroma it had simply disappeared, even on my close up sniff test it just about smelt like a weak everyday black tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality black tea, what had happened to the bergamot ? I was a little disappointed to say the least. On a positive note I preferred it to the Lipton tea that had been on board the train on our trip from New York. So I had another cup as I knew that I was about to embark on a long journey with limited access to tea. I also grabbed an extra one to have on the train after my dinner. I put this somewhere so safe that I couldn’t find it. I found it once I had unpacked at home. So I gave it another try to ascertain if it tasted any different with freshly boiled water and in a nice tea cup. Sadly, its the aroma and flavour were just the same as I remembered.
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So would I recommend this earl grey tea ? I’m afraid not. The initial exciting aroma just seemed to disappear and I was unable to taste the bergamot. Sorry Mighty leaf this tea just wasn’t for me.

Review of Teapigs apple & cinnamon tea

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My mission to reduce my caffeine intake continues to prove successful. I am still discovering lots of caffeine free teas, fruit and or herbal infusions. So I was a little excited when I was lucky enough to receive a free sample of the Teapigs apple & cinnamon tea. I couldn’t wait to dive in and give them a try as it seemed like the perfect autumnal tea.
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As it was a sample there were no ingredients listed on the packaging. So I went straight onto the Teapigs website to check that they were safe for me to try. The tea primarily contains apple (38%), cinnamon (25%) alongside apple pomace (20%), roasted chicory root, citric acid, sweet blackberry leaves, and natural flavourings. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list. It is highlighted that they are made in a factory that handles nuts. They are labelled as being both dairy and gluten free and suitable for vegans.
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On opening the packaging I was greeted by the sweet aroma of both apple and cinnamon. The intensity of this didn’t intensify on the close up sniff test. It reminded me of a nice apple crumble. I was really looking forward to giving this tea a try. I just hoped that the lovely aroma remained the same or intensified on infusing with the hot water. I have tried and reviewed several teas when the aroma and flavour seem to diminish once the tea is added to the hot water. Fingers crossed this wouldn’t be the case.
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I placed the tea in my cup and let it infuse with the hot water for 5 minutes as instructed. The water soon changed to a light orange / brown colour. The aroma from the tea seemed to weaken as it infused with the water. It was only on my close sniff up test that I could smell a hint of apple and cinnamon. On sipping the tea the flavour was weaker than I had hoped. I could taste the subtle flavours of both the apples and cinnamon, but these were weaker than I had hoped. I was anticipating a refreshing yet comforting tea, but sadly this wasn’t the case. It was a light refreshing beverage that had a hint of apple and cinnamon. Completely different to the warm comforting autumnal tea that I had hoped for in both aroma and flavour.

So would I recommend this tea. If you want a light refreshing tea with just a hint of apple and cinnamon than this could be for you. If however, you want a tea that reminds you of an apple crumble then I think you may be a tad disappointed. I’m sorry Teapigs but this tea just wasn’t for me.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product. All of the opinions in this review are honest and my own.

Review of Yogi Tea Classic Tea

I am continuing to make a real effort in reducing my caffeine intake. I now try to drink only fruit and herbal teas after lunch. I am finding this challenge to be fun as I am discovering lots of varieties of tea that I was not even aware of. Once such tea is Yogi Tea classic tea. I do like a Tazo black spiced tea as an occasional treat mainly in the winter as cinnamon aroma reminds me of Christmas. So I thought that this would be the perfect tea for me to try.
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I loved the packaging if this tea. It’s deep red colour with a teacup to the centre which seemed to make me think it was inviting me on a journey. On the ingredients list no allergens were highlighted. Underneath this was a recommendation to drink the tea with milk or a milk substitute. I didn’t let this put me of. I’m sorry but there was no way I could put any milk even dairy free into my cup of tea.
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The aroma that originated from this box of tea was something special. It emitted a strong cinnamon aroma despite the box ring sealed. In fact people I share the office with at work commented on the nice aroma and asked what it was coming from. This made me want to dive into this box of tea and give it a try. On opening the box the aroma of cinnamon intensified and was combined with a subtle undertone of cardamom. It was a warm comforting aroma one that you would like to smell snuggled up by a fire. Inside the box the teabags were individually sealed so perfect for taking away with you. I just hoped that this delightful aroma wouldn’t disappear on opening the teabag packet. It did weaken but it was still present.
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On placing my teabag into my tea cup I added the hot water and let it infuse for the recommended 7 minutes. I really didn’t want to wait this long because I just wanted to try this tea. The water turned a medium brown colour as there’s infused with the water. There was a medium aroma of cinnamon with and undertone of cardamom noted. This did not intensify on my close up sniff test but what I noted was a subtle ginger aroma intermingled with the cinnamon and cardamom. On sipping this tea my taste buds were immediately hit by the cinnamon followed by the subtleness of the cardamom and ginger. As I continued to drink the tea it felt warm and soothing on my stomach. It had a similar effect to that of mint tea. I was also to top up my teacup to enjoy another cup, a bonus of not adding milk.
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So would I recommend this tea, oh my goodness yes. I loved everything from the packaging, aroma, flavour and its soothing effect. It was definitely a warm comforting tea a perfect winter warmer.
It is like a hug in a cup. I shall be stocking up on these teas for the winter months to enjoy in the evening. So thank you Yogi for producing a delightful tea. I can’t wait to try some more of your teas. I just wish that they were more readily available in the UK.