Teaware : Yixing Teapot, Antique Yixing for Chinese Green Tea
For centuries in China tea has been brewed in small teapots
now commonly known as Yixing or zisha (purple clay). These unglazed
clay pots hold from 4 ounces to 12 ounces (7 or 8 oz on average).
Yixing Teapots have a long and rich history and are often collected
and treasured by their owners. Each pot is a small work of art.
Some pots designed by famous artists are truly unique.
This zisha clay has the unique ability to
slowly absorb the flavor of the tea. It is unglazed and kiln
fired which also acts to
sterilize the teapot. The porous nature of the natural clay plays
a role in the final flavors of the leaves. Over time the tea
is enhanced as the pot becomes 'seasoned'. A patina is built
up which should never be washed with soap or scrubbed. Because
of the clay’s absorptive ability, most tea enthusiasts
have a different teapot for each variety or class of tea. A basic
cabinet could have three teapots, one for Chinese Green Tea, one for
oolong tea and the third for pu-erh and black tea. Some collectors
have specific pots reserved for each tea they favor, to preserve
the purity of a tea's flavor. Over the years a well-seasoned
teapot can improve any tea.
These are the teapots that are used for
'gongfu tea’ that
is brewed by using greater amounts of leaves with very short
steeping times. The liquor (liquid) from this method is unsurpassable
in aroma and richness. This method works especially well for
oolong and green teas. Besides a collection of teapots we also
have teacups and trays which are made of the same famous zisha
Each of our teapots have a special handmade artistry which
make them so endearing. Using a teapot is an efficient and
way to create the finest flavors from our tea collection. Drinking
from the small cups is always a big hit with children who really
enjoy the whole tea preparation and drinking experience of
premium teas. Children are also part of Generation Tea.
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