Yixing Teapots Information
The special properties
of zisha clay make the Yixing tea pots the best teapots for brewing
Nong, a Chinese emperor drank the unknown beverage, that was produced
when some leaves fell into the boiling water and after drinking
the beverage he found it to be pleasurable and effective. This
is how tea was "discovered" around 5000 years
ago, according to the Chinese legends. The popularity of tea soon
spread through China and then Japan and became an integral part
of life and culture in both these countries. The association of
tea in the Chinese religious rituals and "Japanese Tea Ceremony"
are proofs to this fact. With the passage of time tea drinking
habits spread throughout the globe. Now tea is available in various
categories. Amongst them the four basic categories are:
tea varieties are different in tastes as well as in the process
of making. While the black tea is fully oxidized, the green tea
is not oxidized at all. The Oolong tea can be placed in between
black and green tea in respect of both the taste and flavor. This
tea is partly oxidized to give this effect. The herbal tea does
not contain any tea leaves. It is basically produced from flowers,
berries, peels, leaves, and seeds of other plants.
is the quality and category of the tea leaves, to prepare a perfect
cup of tea good brewing is the key of success. Through ages the
connoisseurs of finest tea and experts of tea brewing have been
considering the Yixing
tea pot to be the best brewing vessel of tea. This popularity
of Yixing tea pot dates back to the discovery of the purple tinged
zisha clay during the reign of Sung Dynasty (960 - 1279). Zisha
clay, which is the ideal raw material for making Yixing tea pot,
was first mined in Yixing province of China. According to the
experts, Yixing tea pots are the best tea brewing vessels as they
can preserve the heat, primary color, flavors and taste of the
tea for as long as five days. The unique sedimentary lake deposits
of the tea due to the use of zisha clay also contribute to the
fine brewing technique of Yixing tea pot. Apart from the brewing
excellence Yixing tea pots are special because they do not crack
even in case of extreme temperature difference. These Yixing
teapots mature with more use and hence these tea pot items
are not supposed to be cleaned for better results.
secret behind these finest qualities of a Yixing tea pot is the
unique chemical composition and characteristics of zisha clay.
Zisha Clay (Zi=purple and Sha= Sand) is neither an ordinary sandy
clay nor it has a purple color. This clay (also known as five
color clay) is a mixture of clay, quartz and mica and contains
high amount of iron. Zisha clay has some unique qualities like
4% absorption rate that makes it the best possible ingredient
for making Yixing tea
pot. As zisha clay does not contain led, arsenic, cadmium
and other toxic materials the Yixing tea pot items are free from
any toxic reaction. In fact Yixing tea pot exceeds the strict
standards imposed by China's pottery research institute and is
also approved by the FDA's standard of quality.
providing the best quality brewing of tea Yixing
teapots are also fine examples of the artistic genius of the
potters of Yixing. The tea pot items are regarded as collectibles
for their aesthetic appeal.
teapots have unique functionality as well as amazing beauty.