I probably should have made it clear that the London Pottery Filter Teapot is a beautiful pourer. That’s a pre-requisite, really; but I’ve found good pourers before yet still struggled with the leaf problem. The beauty of the filter design is that it prevents any of the leaves going anywhere near the spout – which is where I’ve hit spilling-through-the-lid trouble in the past. A build up of leaf silt grows in the spout and inhibits pouring (I don’t think it’s an issue exclusive to bags) but with the leaves safely caged that’s never happened almost a year of having the LPFT.

On the subject of dedicated pots for each type of tea, I’m not quite such a purist – especially since the inner strainer makes cleaning the LPFT such a doddle. After all, if you don’t have dedicated cups for the different types of tea-bag, you’ll be no worse off? One step at a time, and all that…