I’m sooo picky about water bottles. I use them all the time and even wrote a whole
love letter post about how useful they are for traveling. There was one thing missing from my water bottle collection though – the ability to easily make tea IN the bottle and have it stay hot for hours. Well I’m glad to say I finally found one. Here’s my review for the Vibrant Travel Mug.
The bottle is a smooth and simple design and just the right size to grab with your hands (note here that I have somewhat small hands). It’s understated enough to look good pretty much anywhere. There are no frills to this bottle – it’s straight, simple, and works.
Here’s where it really shines (pun intended).
Stainless Steel Interior
It has a stainless steel interior that washes easily and resists smells. And most importantly, it has a stainless steel lid – no plastic touches your food. The only plastic-y thing that does is the rubber gasket on the lid.
2-Piece Tea Strainer
This is really genius. Most bottles like this just have a metal screen for infusing tea. Just one screen means you can make tea in it, sure, but you can’t ever remove the tea leaves. So if you make black tea, the leaves just swim around and the tea gets stronger…and stronger…and stronger. No bueno.
With this 2-piece basket, you have an actual tea basket that you put tea in to brew it, and then you can remove it when it’s done steeping.
Just use the top portion. Add your fruit, add some water, and snap the filter into place. Your fruit stays in the bottle to infuse your water and out of your mouth when you drink it. Same goes for ice cubes!
Want to have some tea steep for a long time? Just use the top portion. Add your tea, add hot water, and snap the filter into place. The tea is free to mingle with all the water and create a strong brew. Use this for your herbal teas.
Want to have some black tea? Use the basket and the strainer together – the basket screws into the strainer. Add your two teaspoons of tea to the basket, screw it on, and plop it in. Add your hot water (slowly, so it drains through). Put on a timer. When you’re done, use the little handle on the basket to pull it out so you can empty it. If you’re in a rush, you can rinse the basket out and just plop it right back in. Tea time!
How long does it keep tea hot?
I did an experiment – made herbal tea with near boiling water at 8 am, closed the lid, and let it sit indoors. I opened it again at 2 pm and the tea was the perfect sipping temperature. If you want to have your tea immediately after brewing, I would suggest pouring it into a separate cup so it can cool faster to your preferred temperature.