Jianshui Zitao Purple Clay Mini Teapot – White
- Recommended Care
- Additional information
Each of these private order teapots are made from 100% Jianshui zitao purple clay. Although it’s called purple clay, zitao is actually considered a 5 colour clay, consisting of purple, red, white, yellow and green/cyan.
Available in either Shipiao, Xishi or Longdan (dragon egg) shape, these simple, but elegant teapots are ideal for solo brewing sessions.
Sizes range from 65-100ml and each pot pours empty in 4-6 seconds, with the shipiao style pouring on the lower end of that range. Please make a selection below to confirm the size.
As these teapots are made of unglazed, porous clay, we recommend designating them for one type of tea. Please see the “recommended care” tab. Also please note that tea stains will be more obvious on pots made from the white clay. This can be reduced by making sure to rinse and wipe down your pot immediately after use. Some darkening is still unavoidable, but an even appearance can be maintained by brushing the pot while using it.
Each teapot is shipped in an included hardshell box.
Once your receive your new zitao teapot, you may want to season it and prepare it for the many teas and years of use it will experience. Personally, we have shied away from seasoning teapots as time goes on, not because this process doesn’t help, but because it is extra work and invites the risk of breakage if you’re not careful.
We feel that a week or 2 of consistent use is typically sufficient to break in a new pot. More often than not, we just rinse a new pot twice with boiling water, then go to town. Simple and easy.
With that said, if you still wish to season your teapot and get a head start, the process is relatively simple:
- Check for clay deposits and scrape gently with a wooden or bamboo stick.
- Place the pot in boiled water and allow to sit for 30-60 minutes.
- Remove the pot and allow it to dry
- Using new water, add some new or used tea leaves of the type that you plan to use this pot for, boil, add the teapot and allow it to sit for another 30-60 mins.
- Rinse with regular water and allow to dry
- Repeat as desired
- Your teapot is ready to be used!
After seasoning your pot, it’s advised to designate the pot for one type of tea (raw puer, ripe puer, oolong, black tea, etc) as the pot will slowly absorb the flavour and characteristics of the tea you use it for.
If for some reason you use it with another type of tea, don’t worry. Your pot is not ruined or tainted. The process of raising it is cumulative and happens over a long period of time – one simple session of brewing with another type of tea won’t make a noticeable difference. However, one thing you should definitely not do is use soap or anything other than water to wash or rinse your pot. If it absorbs the properties of tea over time, it will also absorb anything else you put in it, especially anything perfumed or scented.
|Dimensions||7 × 6 × 6 cm|