Online shop Ocean-Teabag is living up to its name with a set of charming novelty tea bags that celebrate the sea. Started by Takahashi Shota, the creative Japanese purveyor has introduced a set of tea bags that are shaped like a squid and an octopus. Delicately handcrafted with layers, folds, and perforations, each creation is a stylized and instantly-recognizable portrait of the creatures. They come alive when placed in hot water and appear to be floating in their own miniature ocean.
While you might think that these sea creatures will taste a bit fishy, there’s no need to worry. Both the squid and octopus have their own flavors, but they're nothing that any tea lover hasn’t seen (or tasted) before. The squid is filled with a black Pu’er tea—inspired by squid ink—with sweet persimmon added, too. The octopus holds a combination of Darjeeling and Assam that is sure to be a soothing addition to your afternoon cup of tea.
But if you prefer land to sea, Shota has you covered with other animal-shaped tea bags that resemble an adorable otter, raccoon, and more. Scroll down to see more of his handiwork, then enjoy a cup of tea by visiting the Ocean-Teabag website. If you're outside of Japan, they now ship internationally through CDJapan.
Take your tea time under the sea with these novelty teabags by Ocean-Teabag. They're shaped like a squid and octopus.
Cephalopods aren't the only tea bags the online store sells. They have other creatures, both underwater and on land.
All images via Ocean-Teabag.
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