Your Yixing clay teapot is prized not only for its utility and artistry, but also because it uses a special clay that holds the temperature of hot water.
The unique qualities of Zisha “purple sand” clay include holding hot water, absorbing and enhancing your tea flavor, and containing healthy minerals free of lead.
When you first bring it home, you should rinse it out in hot water to remove any dust.
Before you cure the teapot, you should note some general rules:
To cure or season your Yixing clay teapot, brew at least four pots of tea in succession, each lasting about 30 minutes, using fresh leaves.
Throw the brewed liquid and infused leaves out each seasoning.
It is very important to use only the tea chosen for this teapot for this seasoning, even if you have chosen a great Dragonwell because that particular flavor will soak into the clay.
Also, those first few infusions that season the pot to the specific tea will have a clay taste to them.
Throw the first four infusions away before you start drinking your tea.
Continue to care for this treasured teapot remembering the above rules, and you will have a wonderful and useful keepsake not only for your lifetime, but for generations to come.
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This page was last updated by Sharon Jones.
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