YIXING PURPLE CLAY TEAPOTS
Yixing has been renowned for centuries for its fine Zisha ware. Zisha is a mixture of clay, quartz and mica. It has a high content of iron, and traditionally Zisha ware ranges from red to brown and black. Firing temperature is between 1100C - 1200C, higher than common earthenware. Under high temperature, minerals in Zisha are melted, decomposed and shrunk, thus creating micro pores in the fired clay and it is these pores that give Yixing teapots their unique characteristics: they absorb the flavour of tea, they keep tea in high temperature and they don't crack in huge temperature differences.
Handpicked during our last expedition, these hand crafted Yixing Teapots are well suited for teas which require hot water temperatures, such as Puerh, Blacks and Oolongs. They come in various colours, shapes and sizes. Yixing teapots are traditionally used in Gongfu. Gongfu is a way of brewing, serving and enjoying tea which involves a small to medium size teapot and small tea cups or bowls. It is the opposite of the "large mug with a teabag" culture we have been exposed to for so long. In Gongfu, we re-infuse the tea leaves multiple times and enjoy drinking small sips. We taste each infusion and become aware of the subtle changes in flavour with each subsequent infusion. The teapots are filled with tea leaves and the first short infusion is used to "wash" the tea and pre-warm the cups. The second infusion becomes the first "drinkable" infusion. This process is repeated until the tea has given out all its flavour. It is a ceremony, where the emphasis is on enjoyment.