Plum Beauty Xishi Jianshui Zitao Purple Clay Tea Pot

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This pot is in the classic xi shi shape and features a beautifully subtle plum blossom design on one side. With a capacity of 110ml (+/- 5ml), this pot is well-suited to solo tea sessions.

As a “xishi” shaped pot, it’s named after one of the 4 beauties in China. The story goes that Xi Shi was so beautiful, fish would be stunned when they saw her reflection and forget how to swim, sinking down into the water. If you have any fish at home, we strongly recommend keeping this pot away from the tank.

This one of a kind pot is entirely handmade from 100% Zitao Purple Clay from Jian Shui, and holds approximately 110ml of liquid.

As this is made from unglazed, porous clay, we recommend designating it for a specific type of tea.

As with any new purple clay teaware, it’s recommended to first “season” it with the type of tea you plan to use it for. For this pot our basic recommendation is:

  1. Check for clay deposits and scrape gently with a wooden or bamboo stick.
  2. Place the pot in boiled water and allow to sit for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot and allow it to dry
  4. Using your previously boiled water, add some new or used tea leaves that you plan to use this pot for, boil, add the cup then allow it to sit for another 30-60 mins.
  5. Rinse with regular water and allow to dry
  6. Your gaiwan 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 flavorr 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 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.

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Weight 215 g
Dimensions 7.5 × 9 × 6.5 cm
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