Throughout history, Yixing teapots have been used as effective and magnificent tools in which to brew tea. Dating all the way back to the time of the Chinese Sung Dynasty in the year 960, these pots have maintained their superior status when it comes to the art of tea making. We’ve prepared the following Yixing teapot user guide to provide you with a complete overview, including tips on how to properly care for your Yixing teapots.
A Bit of History
Pottery during the Sung Dynasty was being produced from purple (zisha) clay found in the Yixing (pronounced yeeshing) region of China. Before yixing pots came along, the Chinese were accustomed to drinking tea out of bowls. People started using zisha clay to make the teapots during the Ming Dynasty, from 1368-1644. “The dissemination of YiXing teapots greatly influenced not only the forms of teapots found throughout the world, but also prompted the invention of hard-paste porcelain in the western world.
Yixing pots are so revered because they’re perfect for brewing. What makes them so great is the porous material, which is excellent for absorbing the flavor of the tea. If used for numerous years, one could brew tea just by pouring boiling water into the empty pot (although, it may be a bit weak). Other features of the Yixing teapot include “a fine and solid texture, a four percent water absorption rate, a very low thermal conductivity, and a double air hole design which enhances the pot’s brewing properties.