An overabundance of water bottles is something I would guess most people don’t have a problem with. I could be wrong, it may be something more people collect than I realize. Either way, I own a lot of water bottles. We don’t even have the space for them, yet I keep buying more.
The reason more and more water bottles find their way into our home is because I can’t find a water bottle I really like. I mean really like. Most water bottles can’t hold hot beverages, so we have to have both travel mugs and regular water bottles. Then for many if you let water sit too long in them, sometimes just an hour or so, the water starts to taste funny. For our travel mugs, sometimes the lasting smell or taste of coffee can’t be washed out no matter how much we scrub. I keep buying a new one hoping it will solve the problems I have, only to be disappointed by some aspect of it in the end.
I really should start tossing some of these old beverage containers.
This is all a story of the past though. Recently Libre Tea contacted me and asked if I’d like to do a review of their tea glasses. Before I looked at their website I wasn’t sure I wanted to have more beverage containers in my collection, but then I started to read about them and I couldn’t say no.
The main details I love about the Libre Tea glasses isn’t even the main focus of their brand. Libre Tea offers tea glasses that include a strainer which allows you to have your loose leaf tea on the go. Trust me, as a tea drinking family, this was a perk, but the real thing that hooked me is that each glass is made with a glass interior and a poly exterior.
Did you read that. Glass interior!
No more odd flavors mixing in with my drinks because it’s glass instead of plastic or metal! Seriously, this was the selling point for me. When I received the Libre Tea glasses I made sure to test this out too, just in case it was too good to be true. Sure enough, it didn’t matter how long I let it sit during the day, my water tasted just as fresh, though maybe a different temperature, as it did on the first sip.
Libre Tea sent me four different tea glasses to give me a variety of styles to review for you. First was two of the Large, 14oz tea glasses. They sent me a couple different designs. Black Brush and Lively Leaves.
They also sent me a smaller 9oz Black Brush Tea Glass which is pictured in the title image above. You can also see the size comparison above in the line up of all four tea glasses they sent me. It’s third from the left and you can see how it’s just a bit smaller than the 14oz Lively Leaves tea glass.
[Update: The Travel Mug Infuser is no longer on the Libre Tea site] The final tea glass they sent me is the 10oz Travel Tea Mug Infuser. This one is perfect for my husband because he loves to have a mug to carry around with him when he travels for work or just to run errands.
All of these tea glasses are designed as I described above with a glass interior and a poly exterior. Libre Tea states the poly exterior makes these tea glasses virtually unbreakable. This is one aspect of the review I didn’t want to test, so as for now I’ll just take their word for it. [Update in 2017: After 2 years I have still not had to replace a Libre Tea glass. None of them have been broken and I use them frequently still. They’ve been dropped, banged around in bags, and held up to my kids not so gentle handling. I’m impressed.]
One thing I can tell you is I do feel these tea glasses have a better foundation than many of the other water bottles and travel mugs in my collection. I’m not sure if it’s the design, or maybe the weight with the glass interior, but it seems I’m less likely to knock these over. Also, did I mention they fit great in my car cup holders. That’s a bonus too.
How Libre Tea Glasses Work
Now that I’ve given you an idea about what I love about the Libre Tea Glasses, let me tell you a bit about how they work. Each Libre Tea Glass comes with three main components. A lid, a strainer and the container. There are also some plastic seals to help prevent leaking, however those come installed in the lid and strainer, plus you get extra along with your tea glass to replace them if needed.
There are two ways to make loose leaf tea in your Libre Tea Glass.
The first method is to put the loose leaf tea leaves directly in the glass before adding water. This is best for tea that doesn’t have a maximum steeping time.
First add about a teaspoon of loose leaf tea to your Libre Tea glass.
First add in your hot water.
Libre Tea also has a video showing you both of these methods if you’d like to see it in action.
The only thing I would love to see from Libre Tea is an attachment lid to buy that has place to drink that’s quick and easy to open and close to drink. I know the wide mouth for drinking is a great way to take in all of the steam, smell and goodness of your hot tea, but I’d love to see something a little bit more spill proof. Just because I haven’t dropped my Libre Tea Glasses or knocked them over yet, doesn’t mean I won’t!
Now that you know all about Libre Tea Glasses I’m sure you want one, they are fantastic!
Head over to Libre Tea and tell me what your favorite design is. Green is my favorite color so I’m loving on Lively Leaves right now.