Quick take: This is a product review of a tea set from Umi Tea Sets. If you love beautiful tea sets and want to know how this one measures up read on.
You’ve got a sample of an excellent tea. You want to share it with your friend who you know has no tea making things. Bringing a full teapot and cups is overkill. Using a travel mug just doesn’t do the tea justice. The answer: a travel tea set.
When Umi Tea Sets offered to send me one of their travel tea sets they filled a tea lover’s need. Their website is filled with beautiful tea sets, travel and home versions. It was going to be a bit of a surprise as I didn’t know which one they were going to send.
The package arrived from China faster than I expected and it was well wrapped. Sending fragile tea things in the mail across thousands of miles and surviving customs is a tricky thing. The set got through without a scratch.
This set is a glazed, textured pottery in natural brown and green colors. It has a historic look, like something you would find in a museum. Every piece nests one in the other, kind of like Russian dolls, with a simple fabric drawstring carry pouch.
There are 2 cups of different size/shape. The inside of the cups is a natural brown with a sandy texture. (If you prefer white interiors or glass to see the tea color, they have travel tea sets like that too).
This travel pot has three grooves in the base and three matching holes in the lid which together provide a smooth pour. Also the button on the top of the lid and two matching ones on each side of the base make for an easy, cool grip for pouring. I like that. I have had sets that I got rid of because the pour was terrible or it was too hot to pour easily. (or I turned them into a planter if they were too pretty to let go of but to silly to use).
I could hear the pieces clinking against each other when in the pouch. So, for extra insurance I wrapped the first piece in a cloth napkin I have and it was large enough to continue to wrap the whole. Solved!
If you are a makeup wearer, bear in mind lipstick will be a little harder to remove from this style of pottery. I am not a big fan of regular soaps on teaware but a good grease removing soap took care of the lipstick on the rim.
This tea set is available here at Umi Tea Sets website. Their website has full tea sets, automatic sets, Chinese (including yixing and gong fu), Japanese, vintage, modern and more. Enjoy exploring and enjoying your love of tea!
Umi Tea Sets provided the tea set for this post, but I am not an affiliate and will not receive a percentage if you purchase from these links. I just think this was a cool product for real.
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