The Steam Pot gets its name from the inherent porousness of its Yixing clay. If you add very hot boiling water to the pot, it will actually exude steam through its body. Since regular use seasons this pot, we suggest using it only for one category of tea (white, green, oolong, etc.). It especially does well with the puer teas, which will season the teapot very quickly.
Located on the western side of Lake Tai in Jiangsu province, China, Yixing (pronounced ‘ee shing’) is renowned as the source for the world famous teapots made from clay. There are several types of Yixing clays (dark brown, purple, green and yellow) with unique properties. The final result and appearance of the clay is dependent on age, fermentation, mix and firing temperature. In other words, the same clay fired at different temperatures will have different resulting finishes. High quality Yixing teapots are hand made by experienced artisans.
Ideal for Tea Brewing
The distinctive earthenware pots made from this clay have been used for over a millennia. Though originally used for wine and water, resourceful tea drinking monks discovered Zisha pots to be ideal vessels for tea brewing. Not only does the semi-porous nature of the clay help to retain heat, but also absorbs the oils from the leaves, subtly seasoning each teapot with the tea’s flavor and fragrance.
Gift Box Packaging
The Yixing Classic teapot comes packaged in an attractive gift box covered with matte black fabric. Ideal for protective storage or for a gift.
4.75″ d. (without handle/spout), 4.75″ h. (with lid). 16 ounce capacity.