Textured Yixing Teapot

Textured Yixing Teapot

150.00

This purple sand teapot was produced in the Chinese town of Dingshu. It is new and unused. Each teapot comes packaged in a padded box for daily storage. Due to the shape of this teapot, it will be ideal for use with black tea, oolong, and pu-erh.

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About Yixing Clay Teapots

Yixing Clay Teapots, also called purple sand teapots, are ideal for use with black, oolong, pu-erh, green and white teas. Slight variations in the shape of the teapot can give you hints as to what type of tea it will brew best.

Yixing teapots are prized for the unique characteristics of the purple sand that they are made from. They absorb small amounts of the tea that you use them for, developing a flavorful patina. This is a highly valued characteristic, as eventually the flavour of the teapot will help to enhance the flavour and aroma of your tea. To avoid muddying the unique seasoning that your teapot will develop, it is best to select only one type of tea to use it for. 

How To Use

 Yixing teapots are generally small in size, holding enough for 1-3 servings of 30ml or less. The leaves are brewed multiple times and can be left in the teapot between each steeping. The narrow spout of the teapot allows the leaves to be brewed loose, without fear of clogging the teapot or finding large tea leaves in your cup. To clean your Yixing teapot, rinse gently with water and allow it to air-dry. Avoid using soap, as your teapot may retain the flavour, and the patina that has been developed will be lost.

 History

 Yixing Teapots are a traditional tea vessel originally made in the Chinese province of Jiangsu. They are crafted from a unique type of naturally occurring clay called purple sand. Yixing clay teapot use dates back to at least the Song Dynasty (10thCentury), and antique or well used teapots may sell for thousands or millions of dollars, depending on their age and patina. Often these pots are passed down as heirlooms for many generations.