12 September, 2014

Friday Favourites - Henley Teapot

This is the best teapot ever. It doesn't drip, the tea stays hot, and it cleans up nicely.

We found this teapot about 12 years ago. My FIL was a big tea drinker, he had a pot at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He was forever frustrated by teapots that dripped so Hubby and I went on a mission to find him a better teapot. Store after kitchen store led us to an out of the way tea shop. Back when there really were no out of the way tea shops.

After he tried it I became convinced. I had a pot for home and one for the office. My MIL still has and uses the original pot we bought. When I would go on mat leave at the office it was a bit of a contest to see who would get my teapot while I was away.

The Henley teapot comes in multiple sizes and even different enamel colours. I like mine big and stainless. Many online tea stores have them now. Even the big A does too. Prices vary, so double check the size you are buying and shop around.

To be totally honest, it isn't perfect. If you don't keep it clean by rinsing or washing after each pot of tea the seal for the spout starts leaking. And it gets very hot on the outside with the tea on the inside. (When making loose tea I have to leave the lid off while brewing or it becomes impossibly hot on that little ball.) I can forgive it these faults completely because I don't have tea drips everywhere. And I can put it on the table without a hot mat below it. Plus, it looks pretty snazzy.


Carla said...

AND, it won't shatter! I have lost a few too many "perfect" ceramic pots that way... :(

Brenda said...

I have a stainless steel Paderno tea pot that seemed really expensive, but it doesn't drip, the lid is hinged, and it will never break.

Dawn said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing this info. I am a big tea drinker, too. At lest 8 cups a day! I'm hooked. lol I always have my eyes open for a great teapot and have never been lucky enough to find "the perfect one". I will be searching for a good price on a large Henley now.

Brenda said...

I am not sure if I like this pot yet or not..... A friend gave me one for Christmas this past year (2014) and the few times I have used it, I just am not sure about it yet.
I will go give it another honest try and see if I 'fall in love' with it! The one thing I am not sure about is, when I think I have drank all the tea, when it is time for a rinse - there is tea in the bottom.... Hmmmm, that is not what I expected - how far do I have to tip the pot to empty it then??? :-)