Part of a place setting at a bridal shower.
The paper pyramid in the cup is a tea sachet.
At the top in this trio is the decorative outer wrapper.
Inside (middle photo) is the actual tea bag which is
"individually hand-crafted using a delicate
open-weave fabric then filled with
whole-leaf teas and rough cut herbs.
The open weave fabric allows the water to flow freely
around the contents, allowing the tea leaves to
unfurl and the flavors to mingle in the
large open form of the infuser."
My own Snap Spoon Tea Infuser isn't quite as whimsical:
Although many decades older, it's identical to this
new one from Fante's Kitchen Wares Shop
(whose photo is much better than I could make).
I have no idea how old my infuser is, only that it was in
my mother's things when we cleaned out her house.
Except for iced tea which she made by the pitcherful
in the summer, I don't recall her being a tea drinker,
so the infuser may've been Grandma Emma's too.
At any rate, Fante's Kitchen Wares Shop tells us to
"fill infusers only up to half their capacity,
to allow the leaves to expand and
release the tea's essential oils".
And also (same as tea bags), "infuse regular teas
no less than 3 minutes (to allow the taste to
come through), and no more than 5 minutes
(to keep the bitter tannin at bay). For infusion
time of herbal teas, check their instructions,
as each species has different requirements".
Lovely Kim at Shabby Pink and Pretty,
where you can check out the other TTT entries.
Happy Tea Time!