One would not think that using a tea strainer could add a certain slow elegance to your morning brew, but this one does. The lovely goldfish handle and the glass nature of the strainer cause you to be a little bit more mindful of what you are doing, and isn’t that really the purpose of a tea ceremony? Don’t worry about strength though. We have poured boiling hot water all over this tough little strainer many times, and it just takes it in stride. Love it. Purchased as part of the whole tea set.