Tea Forte Tea Over Ice

As a birthday present to myself, I bought a Tea Forte Tea Over Ice Brewing Pitcher, and a selection of their gorgeous ice tea infusers. In warmer weather, I like to relax with a glass or two of ice tea in the afternoon, and this beautiful pitcher set elevates this moment from simple to simply luxurious.

This is so simple, but so ingenious. You simply infuse one of their iced tea infuser bags in the top lidded pitcher for 3-5 minutes, then pour the concentrated brewed tea over the ice in the bottom pitcher for 2 glasses of perfect flash-chilled ice tea. No pre-planning needed the night before, no watered down or lukewarm tea because you forgot to plan the night before! Just perfectly brewed iced tea.  This pic shows the Raspberry Nectar tea brewing. Once brewed, it is a deep rose pink, and it looked particularly gorgeous in my Royal Doulton mug. It really is the perfect afternoon ritual.

The glass is very fine, so I would be wary about putting it in the dishwasher, but otherwise it seems strong and sturdy. The size is perfect for my afternoon tea - just enough for a couple of tall glasses - but for larger families or for entertaining, it would be way too small, unless you make everyone's tea in a couple of batches. Finally, while the pitcher has been designed for Tea Forte's infuser bags, I have had no problem making perfect iced tea with other brands of tea (I simply infuse two regular sized bags in the top part), it's just not as pretty - the little leaf shaped tag on the Tea Forte bag poking out of the lid is adorable!

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