Last week really was a week of two halves. Monday started with me interviewing Myleene Klass, Friday saw me in A&E for three hours with a suspected broken ankle.
But in the middle something happened that made my month. My year even.
A Sage tea maker arrived. You might not have heard of them but me being me, and heavily into tea I had seen they were being launched last month and knew I had to have one. I am a real tea bag. I love it. Well you can’t spend twelve years being called T Brewin and not love a cuppa.
I don’t drink coffee, I don’t even drink gin (but don’t tell anybody about that last one or I will get thrown out of the blogger’s club), I love tea. We have a whole cupboard of it. And being at home all day I drink a lot of it. And you know that feeling when you have had an amazing cup of tea and want another but that means making another mug? Well this little beauty stops that.
It is an electric tea maker. And so NOT a teasmade. And because Heston Blumenthal has put his name to it you just know it is going to be fabulous. Have you eaten at the Fat Duck? No, me neither but I have been to his Little Chef in Popham (told you I was a classy bird) and those fish and chips were to die for.
Heston Blumenthal has developed a range of kitchen appliances called Sage, the tea maker is just one of those appliances. There is also, amongst other things, a toaster, a juicer, a coffee machine and an ice cream maker. Sage means wise don’t cha know. I think it’s a cool name for the range. Well “Bonkers” probably got vetoed. Heston is a bit bonkers, isn’t he? I love everything he does (did you see the giant KitKats and Hula Hoops?!) but he is just a bit bonkers. And wise too.
In Heston’s own words, this is what he says about making tea:
The younger a tea leaf is harvested, the lower the temperature that bitter tannins are released.”
So like most things, the right time and temperature are critical for a great cuppa. So as well as being a kettle, this product makes tea perfectly and automatically. You can even programme it to start before you wake up and watching the basket move up and down is just brilliant!
Whether you prefer green, white, oolong, herbal or black tea this ‘kettle’ knows the precise temperature for it. You can also control the strength of the tea (from mild to strong). Once the water has reached the optimal temperature, the stainless steel tea basket silently lowers itself into the water for auto steeping. The automatic lifting and lowering of the basket allows the tea leaves to circulate for maximum infusion. Once complete, the chime sounds to let you know your tea is ready to enjoy. But just in case you’re not ready, there’s a 60 minute ‘keep warm’ button.
Heston’s Tip: “When it comes to brewing, the less oxidised teas like green and white teas release their tannins at a lower temperature. If you brew too hot, the bitter flavours over power the tea. Conversely, if you brew too cold you don’t release enough flavour from the leaf. The right balance is all about the right temperature.”
Makes sense doesn’t it?
So having read what Heston says, I thought I would video it and show you just how simple it is:
Sorry about my rubbish video skills.
And I know what you are thinking though if you have seen it in the press… it’s just under £200. I know. It is a lot of money. BUT if you love tea as much as I do it really is well worth saving up for. I know people who spend that on coffees from certain high street coffee shops in a couple of months.
And of course if you want more info on Sage Appliances you can look here: Sage Appliances
Available from John Lewis and Lakeland
If I had one tiny criticism of it, it would be that tea stains things and after only a week the base of the jug and the tea basket are looking very grubby. It was so shiny when it arrived I would have loved it to stay that shiny, but sadly now they are marked with tea. The basket is dishwasher safe but still looks dull now, and of course the jug can’t be cleaned so it looks stained. I don’t know if they could have been black, maybe? It obviously doesn’t detract from how it works, just me wanting it to still look very shiny on the inside.
Now if you will excuse me, I just heard the beep so I am off for another cuppa.
Disclaimer: I was sent one of these for the purposes of review as I shouted about my love of tea very loudly. The fact I got it for free has not influenced the review in anyway.