YiXing teapots first appeared in the YiXing region of China during the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 ME). Since then, they have become the preferred tea brewing vessel
of the Chinese and of tea aficionados worldwide. They are known for their unique and beautiful designs, as well as the purple clay from which they are made, that becomes seasoned with continued use.Size
People from the United States and Europe are often surprised by the size of YiXing teapots. Most Westerners are more familiar with large teapots
that are used to brew tea for numerous people at a time.
Although there are certainly plenty of larger teapots for social brewing, YiXing teapots are intended for individual use, producing 1-2 servings of tea. For this reason, the Chinese historically would carry their own personal YiXing teapot and drink directly from its spout, although this is less common today.
Purple clay’s unique properties make it ideal for brewing tea. The quality most immediately apparent is the attractive color of purple clay. This color, sometimes augmented by natural pigments, is never hidden by glazes on YiXing teapots. Similarly, the inside of YiXing teapots are always left uncoated. The porous nature of purple clay absorbs the flavor, smell and color of the tea that is brewed in it. Over time, YiXing pots develop a seasoning from repeated use, making the tea brewed from a well-used teapot a special treat. For this reason, most people will dedicate a single flavor of tea to a specific YiXing teapot, so that the seasoning is not disrupted by cross-brewing.
Before using your teapot for the first time, rinse the inside thoroughly with hot water. To clean your teapot, simply empty the leaves and rinse the teapot
with hot water. Never use soaps or cleansers, as the porous clay may absorb them and interfere with the seasoning of your teapot and the taste of tea brewed in it. in , for further information on the care of your teapots or information regarding the of drinking tea.
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