Tuesday, June 9, 2009

YiXing teapot

Zisha is a purple-red clay from China that is used to make teapots. The area most famous for this clay, and teapots, is YiXing (ee-shing), which is 120 miles northwest of Shanghai.

YiXing teapots are unglazed, which is what apparently makes them ideal for tea. The clay absorbs the flavor of the tea that's brewed in it, eventually "seasoning" the pot perfectly. This is why purist tea drinkers never brew different teas in the same YiXing pot.

A YiXing teapot is generally small, intended to brew just enough tea for 1 or 2 cups, which brings me to this piggy teapot. It's only 4 inches high and about 6 inches wide from snout to tail. It's $34 from the Dapper Frog.

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