Yixing teapots are unglazed teapots made from zisha (zi = purple and sha = sand) clay found in the city of Yixing in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. These teapots date back to the Ming Dynasty when loose tea leaves were brewed although the purple tinged clay was discovered during the Song Dynasty. Yixing teapots mature with use and are prized because the unglazed surfaces absorb traces of the tea brewed, imparting a seasoned flavor to the tea. Each teapot should be kept for only one type of tea (green, oolong or black). I like to use the lighter colored teapots for lighter teas and deeper colored ones for darker teas. Wash teapots with just water and no detergent.
This is my first Yixing teapot purchased many years ago. It is made in the classic lotus seed design and measures only 4¾ inches in width from spout to handle and 2 inches in height. The lid has six lotus seeds that move. I use it mainly for oolong teas.
Let’s put the kettle on, it is time for tea!