Yixing Zini Clay Hanwa Teapot
- Seasoning & Care
- Additional information
This Hanwa (汉瓦) shape Yixing teapot is fully handmade using zini clay (“original mine”, according to the certificate) and fired at 1150-1180 degrees celsius. It features an extremely wide lid opening, making it suitable for unruly larger leafed teas.
This teapot holds approximately 120ml (+/- 5ml) and features a large ball filter and tight-fitting lid, making it suitable for serving 1-2 people. Pour speed is approximately 8 seconds. Each teapot also includes a certificate from the artist indicating the artist’s name, shape and clay composition.
Zisha (紫砂, lit. “purple sand”) clay from Yixing is valued largely due to the porous nature of the clay. As you use it, oils from your tea enter the pot, which can in turn season it and enhance the flavour of the tea you use it with over time. For this reason, we recommend dedicating your new Yixing teapot to one type of tea only (raw puer, shou puer, aged puer, black, dancong, yancha, etc) and never washing it with soap or anything else besides water. Please see the care instructions tab above for more details on seasoning and maintaining your teapot.
We recommend testing this teapot with different types of tea and deciding for yourself which type is most suitable, as there are no hard and fast rules for clay and tea type pairings. However, the conventional advice is that zini is considered a good choice for shou puer, humid stored aged raw puer and higher roasted wulongs, such as many Yancha. This is due to the higher porosity of the clay, which can help “clear up” the tea by reducing excessive storage or roasting flavour.
Additionally, a patina or surface shine will develop on the outside of the teapot due to its interaction with the tea, providing an aesthetic enhancement. Functionally, zisha teapots also have very good heat retention qualities.
- Check for clay deposits and scrape gently with a wooden or bamboo stick if necessary.
- Place the pot in boiled water and allow to sit for 30-60 minutes. Some may advise letting your teapot simmer in the pot during this time. This is perfectly acceptable, try to avoid letting the teapot is rattle on the side of the boiling pot too much. If you notice this, reduce the heat to a less vigorous boil and always use a cloth or towel to pad the sides.
- 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. Again, you can boil the pot with the tea for this duration if you wish, just me careful.
- Rinse with regular water and allow to dry. Try not to use excessively cold water for this step in order to avoid shocking the pot and causing a potential crack.
- Repeat as desired
- Your teapot is ready to be used!
|Dimensions||11 × 8 × 5 cm|