About Steam Pot (Small):
The steam teapot gets its name from the inherent porousness of its Yixing clay. When you add 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 does especially well with puer teas, which will season the teapot very quickly.
Located on the western side of Lake Tai in Jiangsu province in 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. The same clay fired at different temperatures results in a totally unique finish. High-quality Yixing teapots are handmade by experienced artisans.
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 Yixing pots to be ideal vessels for tea brewing. Not only does the semi-porous nature of the clay help to retain heat, but it also absorbs the oils from the leaves, subtly seasoning each teapot with the tea’s flavor and fragrance.
Since regular use seasons this Yixing steam teapot, we suggest using it only for one category of tea (white, green, oolong, etc.).
Size and Packaging:
4.25″ diameter (without handle and spout), 5″ height (with lid).
12 ounce capacity.