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Teapot – A key element

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Teapots come in different sizes, shapes and materials and if you really want to be devoted to Tea then the Teapot should be a key element of your experience.  The type of Tea that you want to drink will determine the type of teapot that you should use.

Yixing Teapot – A particular type of Chinese clay, these teapots absorb the aroma of the Tea because of its porous nature. The small size reflects the importance of serving small portions of tea each time so that the flavors can be concentrated much effectively. Perfect for Oolong, Black and Pu-erh.

Stainless Steel – These teapots have the advantage keep the Tea hot for a longer time than glass, ceramic and clay teapots and they are also very resistant.

Porcelain – In 1710, Johann Bottger –  a German alchimist, discovered porcelain teapots inpired by the Chinese yixing teapots and Chinese porcelain.

Brown Betty – A typical English teapot, and a symbol of the importance of Tea in England,  created in Bradell Woods area in the 17th century. Brown Bett’s are made of terracota clay and its shape allows the leaves to swirl around while the water is being poured, enhancing the flavour of the Tea.

Silver – Silver Teapots are extremely durable and retain heat for a long time. These have been used since the 1700s for brewing Black Tea and became a symbol of quality and prosperity among families.

Glass – It gained popularity over the last 50 years because of its inability to absorb or retain flavours while still enjoying the colour of the Tea. It is recommended to brew white, green and herbal infusions.

Tetsubin – Originally from Japan, these teapots are made from cast iron and contain a great deal of ornate decoration. Evidence suggests that these teapots appeared with the rise of the Sencha form of drinking Tea that uses tea leaves instead of powdered Tea (Matcha). Today this is a reflection of the Japanese culture and history.

Teapots are not only an essencial accessory of Tea drinking but also a decorative and design element.

Happy Tea Break. 🙂

Tania

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3 thoughts on “Teapot – A key element

  1. I personally think it’s worthwhile to experiment rather than just stay wedded to the idea that teapots correspond to specific types of tea in a fixed manner.

    I also want to point out other ways of brewing, both traditional and not. A gaiwan, a Chinese lidded-bowl, is outstanding for some teas. It enables you to brew similarly to how you would with a Yixing teapot, but it has a more neutral flavor. Another completely different way to brew tea is to brew it directly in a mug, with or without an infuser. I find brewing whole-leaf oolong in a mug to be particularly compelled. I got this idea from Gingko Seto of Life in Teacup.

    I’ve also tried other teapots of different materials and shapes from the ones here, sometimes with great success, sometimes not.

    I think the best advice I could give would be to experiment.

    • Dear Alex,
      Thanks for your comments. We agree that everyone should try and experiment different teapots with different teas. For us it’s important to know the benefits and particularities of each material and its effect on the way of brewing as well.
      Gaiwan is one of our favourite ways of brewing and the next post will be dedicated to Gaiwan and the Chinese Tea ritual associated to it.
      Stay tuned. 🙂

  2. I love collecting tea pots. My favorite one I have is actually from IKEA, its a minimalist tea pot with literally nothing to it. all white, handle and spout, brilliant! Great post.