Larsen & Thompson Porcelain Tea Caddy

Gaiwan Cup

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Dating back to the Ming Dynasty, a Gaiwan is a lidded porcelain cup used for brewing fine teas such as Whites, Greens and Oolongs.

Used much in the same way as we use a teapot, the tea leaves are placed in the Gaiwan, hot water is poured in a circular motion over the leaves, and the first infusion is discarded, allowing the tea to be 'washed'. As with all Chinese teas, the leaves are infused multiple times, allowing the tea to reveal different flavours with each infusion. These Gaiwan are made of porcelain and are hand painted by skilled artisans, in the famous city of Jingdezhen, in Jiangxi province, China.