Coffee roasters are elevated to rock star status these days; meanwhile, tea seems even more unhip than usual in America, where we've never really taken to that other hot beverage that's so popular in the rest of the world. True, even the strongest cup of tea won't stand up to java's rocket fuel, but beyond the criteria of getting more bang for your cup, the time-honored brew is experiencing a renaissance of late, even in coffee-mad America.
At Le Palais des Th é s , which opened its first Manhattan location this month, a loose-leaf white tea, touted for its high antioxident levels and a subtle, more refined flavor, may set you back as much as a good bottle of single-malt scotch. And there's an art to brewing the perfect pot of the stuff too (using whole loose leaves, versus single tea bags is one step in the right direction). But first, you need the right tools. Here are five stylish vessels to get the job done.