Please note: this post is not sponsored. I’m just trying something new!
It’s 7 am, and I’m gazing out the bus window with sleepy eyes. I’m sinking into my puffy coat, trying to emulate the comfort of surrounding myself in bed covers, but it’s not working. My mouth is dry, and the caffeine craving has kicked in. I have an hour and £3.20 until my next refill, and that depends on if the bus gets stuck in traffic. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just bring tea with you? Your favourite loose leaf tea, on hand at all times. ~Dreamy.~
Well. Now you can.
Enter T2’s Stainless Steel Flask. Let’s begin with the design: sleek, smooth and matte. It has a screw on cap, which reveals a small, leak-proof mouthpiece. Unscrew that, and you pull out a stainless steel tea infuser. Spoon in your loose leaf tea, screw the whole thing back together and you’re ready to take your tea anywhere! The tea can supposedly be kept warm for up to six hours, and can hold approximately 500ml of tea inside, tea infuser included. The flask itself starts off at £28, however, depending on the design and colour of the product, the price can go up to £34. A minimalistic flask, perfect for tea-lovers on the go!
Summary: T2 claim that this flask is fully leakproof, and can keep your favourite loose leaf tea warm for up to six hours.
The Tea Test
Now is the time for a little disclaimer: I have had this flask for a while now. My stepdad bought it for me a few years back as a late birthday present- but don’t let that fool you. It just means I have a very experienced review!
I decided to test the product on three different issues that flask users commonly come across. Firstly, if the product leaks. The moment you reach into your bag to find your hand dipping into a portable pond is definitely an immediate way to ruin your day. Secondly, the amount of time that the drink inside can remain hot. It’s all good being able to bring a hot drink around with you, but if it goes cold an hour in, it completely ruins the practicality of the product. And finally: can you actually drink out of it? I’ve had plenty of flasks that make drinking out of it a needless challenge. Slurping up the flooded mouthpiece leaves you with a burnt tongue and a wet lid. No one wants that.
I ended up preparing my flask around 10am, a couple of spoonfuls of Vanilla and Cinnamon Rooibos inside. The infuser locks into the mouthpiece securely without a problem, however upon pouring hot water into it, it tends to splutter and spill a bit. The mouthpiece has its own infuser at the bottom of it, I found out the hard way that water takes its time to seep through. I quickly learnt to pour the water in slowly, and the problem subsided.
The outside of the flask was continuously cool to the touch throughout the day, but steam still drifted from the mouthpiece as soon as I opened it to drink. Two hours in and my Rooibos still drinks as though I made it only ten minutes ago. Fours later and my tea has cooled a little bit, but hasn’t reached the lukewarm stage. Finally, over six hours in and the last of my drink left, I can confirm that my tea was still deliciously hot and steaming! In addition, I can happily report that no amount of shaking or rattling made the flask leak! I carried the flask in my bag, by hand and even threw it onto my bed (which was a pretty big risk on my part). This flask is without a doubt secure and leakproof.
So, is this flask worth it? Yes! This stainless steel flask is exactly what it claims to be: leakproof, thermal and perfect for loose leaf tea lovers. I will admit that the price is quite high for a flask, especially if you’re a younger tea drinker with barely enough money to buy yourself a box of pasta (uni students, I’m talking to you). However, I’m at least a year into drinking out of this flask and it hasn’t let me down yet! The only fault I can mention is that occasionally the mouthpiece and infuser fall apart while I’m travelling with the flask. However, I’m sure that’s because I haven’t screwed it on properly. Overall, T2’s product delivers on everything both a flask user and tea drinker could ask for!