Original Yixing Clay Teapot
TEAWARE | TEAPOTS
- Original Yixing Pottery
- Collectible, Recommended for High-end Teas
- Oriental Design
- Capacity: 75 ml (Extra Small)
- Made of Purple Clay
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A traditional style of teapots originating in China and dating back to the 15th century. These teapots are made of clay produced near Yixing in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu.
Yixing teapots are meant for use with black, oolong and aged pu-erh tea. They can also be used for green and white though the water has to cool down to around 80°C before pouring it into the pot. Yixing teapots absorb a tiny amount of tea into the pot during brewing. After prolonged use, the pot will develop a coating that retains the flavour and colour of the tea. It is for this reason that soap should not be used to clean Yixing teapots. Instead, it should be rinsed with fresh water and allowed to air-dry. A studious tea connoisseur will only steep one type of tea in a particular pot, so as not to corrupt the flavour that has been absorbed.
Yixing teapots are generally smaller than their western counterparts as the tea is often brewed for just few seconds before served to the guests. Reusing the same tea leaves multiple times, the first brew of the tea leaf is usually used only to clean tea, teapot, and cups and is not to be consumed. Chinese people traditionally drink from cups that hold less than 30 ml of liquid and are simply repeatedly filled so that they may cool rapidly but can be ingested before the tea becomes cold.
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