Located on the western side of Lake Tai in Jiangsu province, China, Yixing (pronounced ‘ee shing’) is renowned as the source for the world famous teapots made from clay. There are several types of Yixing clays (dark brown, purple, green and yellow) with unique properties. The final result of the clays is dependent on their age, fermentation, mix and firing temperature. In other words, the same clay fired at different temperatures results in a totally unique finish. High quality Yixing teapots are hand made by experienced artisans. Lower quality teapots are molded with sometimes cheaper, alternative clay.
Yixing - Ideal for Tea Brewing
The distinctive earthenware pots made from this clay have been used for over a millennia. Though originally used for wine and water, resourceful tea drinking monks discovered Zisha pots to be ideal vessels for tea brewing. Not only does the semi-porous nature of the clay help to retain heat, but also absorbs the oils from the leaves, subtly seasoning each teapot with the tea’s flavor and fragrance.
Since regular use seasons this teapot, we suggest using it only for one category of tea (white, green, oolong, etc.).
This teapot gets its name from its inherent porous clay quality. If you add very hot boiling water to it, it actually exudes the steam through its body. Since regular use seasons this teapot, we suggest using it only for one category of tea (white, green, oolong, etc.). It especially does well with the puer teas as the seasoning happens very fast.
Gift Box Packaging
The Yixing Classic teapot comes packaged in an attractive gift box covered with matte black fabric. Ideal for protective storage or for a gift.
4.75" d. (without handle/spout), 4.75" h. (with lid). 16 ounce capacity.
Proper care for your Yixing teapot will ensure its longevity. Yixing teapots become prized collectors items if used carefully and seasoned well over the years. Upon receipt of the teapot, rinse several times with hot, boiling water. Then brew some tea in it and keep overnight. This will help in eliminating any residue and prepare it for your first tea brewing. Do not use any abrasive materials, heavy perfumed soap or bleach in cleaning your teapot. Simply rinse after each use with boiling water. Tilt the lid open or place open on a rack to air dry. When the clay is adequately seasoned, a soft, clean towel can be used to polish the outside of the teapot.
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