Yixing – The One and Only or Just Another Teapot?

Imagine you just recently entered the world of tea, you have already managed to collect quite an assortment of black, green, Oolong, and even white, and yellow teas, you have only started digging a little deeper into the old Chinese tea tradition, and now, you’ve learnt that what you need to prepare your tea the …

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Gaiwan Snobbery?

Some people think that those of us who find a gaiwan awkward to use are feeble-minded and lacking in knowledge of “the leaf” (tea leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant). Is this snobbery or just a sign of clinging to traditional methods? It could be both, depending on the person saying it. Recently, I commented …

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Can You Ever Have Enough Teapots?

Let’s make this short: No, you can never have enough teapots. Okay, on to the next topic. Just kidding. Seriously, there are some of us out there who seem to have an insatiable desire for collecting. It could be anything: baseball cards, coins, stamps, wind-up toys, nutcracker dolls, old parts to a 1964 Chevy Corvette …

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The World’s Most Valuable Teapots

How much would you pay for a teapot? A hundred dollars? A thousand? How about $2 million? Yes, there is a teapot that sold at auction for $2 million, making it one of the most valuable teapots in the world. Want to know more? Read on. The $2 Million Dollar Teapot Anyone who knows teapots …

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5 Reasons Not to Overfill Your Teapot

You have a 2-cupper, 4-cupper, or even a 6-cupper teapot. You know from past experience that these teapots hold a bit more than that. (At some point, we all tend to steep a bit extra, trying to get a little more out of those pricey tea leaves.) But is overfilling your teapot a wise thing …

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Diving Into the World of Yixing Teapots — Part 3

Part 1 gave you some idea what Yixing teapots were all about while Part 2 showed how to prepare your teapots for use. It’s finally time to start actually steeping tea in your teapot to drink and enjoy! The First Drinkable Potful — Once the teapots were ready for use, hubby and I selected one …

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Diving Into the World of Yixing Teapots — Part 2

When you first dive into the world of Yixing (“Ee-sheeng” or “Yee-sheeng”)  teapots, you need to be sure to get the real deal and a good deal (see Part 1). That accomplished, you are then faced with the scary question: “Now what?” To that end, I spent several days after our three teapots arrived on …

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Diving Into the World of Yixing Teapots — Part 1

Some of the most treasured teawares are made from a special clay called “zisha” by artisans who train for years. The clay and the best artisans are from the province of China called “Yixing” (pronounced “Ee-sheeng” or “Yee-sheeng”). I have always been a bit leery of taking the plunge and buying one or more of …

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Yixing Teapots

By most accounts, China is the place where tea production, drinking and culture first came into being. So it probably should come as no surprise that some of the world's prized teapots are made there. Jiangsu province, in the region in and around Yixing, is well known for being home to a type of clay …

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