How to Choose a Yixing Teapot

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					How to Choose a Yixing Teapot
                                                         i. Size

            Size       Approx. Volume Persons To Be Served
                   1     70 ml./2.4 fl.oz     Max 2 persons
                   2    100 ml / 3.4 fl.oz    Max 4 persons
                   3     175 ml / 6 fl.oz.    Max 5 persons
                   4    225 ml / 7.6 fl.oz.   Max 6 persons

    Determine how many persons you will be
    serving tea so that you can get the right size.
    The table above is the best guide.
                                                                                        ii. Shape

        Taiwan Oolong (High Profile)     Green/White Tea (High Profile)   Tie Guan Yin (Low Profile)

                                           Da Hong Pao & Phoenix
      Chinese Black Tea (High Profile)         (Low Profile)               Decorative (Low Profile)
                                  iii. Body

Sphere-shaped pots are most efficient for
convection and infusion.
                               iii. Body

                    Flat pots, despite
                          their round
                    bottoms, are best
                   for short infusion
                    time when using
                        plenty of tea
                   iii. Body

Tall ones,
especially those
that are
rectangular in
shape, are best
when the
pot’s body is
thick and heat
                                               iii. Body

Tubular ones are less effective for convection. The best
ones are designs that have thicker material in the bottom
and thinner top for maximum infusion.
                                       iv. Handle

A good one would have easy but firm hold and good
balance when you lift the pot. The wrist should be
able to comfortably tilt the pot when pouring.
                   iv. Handle

   The spout
   should be
   aligned to
   form the
   main axis of
   the pot.
                                       v. Lid and Neck

It is standard to expect for it not to fall off when the
pot is tilted at 45°. The lid must also be close-fitting
with the opening.
                                   v. Lid and Neck

Small openings are ideal for brewing fragrant teas.
The neck reduces the water exposed to air to reduce
loss of heat.
                                   vi. Spouts

The spout must be big enough to pour the tea
easily to avoid constriction and results in
shorter brewing time.
                                                    vi. Spouts

    Single Hole Spout      Mesh Style          Half-Ball Mesh
    Popular in the      The end of Qing     For export to Japan
    Ming and Qing       dynasty, has 6 or    in the 1970s. Filters
      Dynasty.            more holes.       tea leaves efficiently.
vii. Manufacturing

 Molded by hand       Molded by     Mass produced
  and uses tools     machine and       using pre-
 like wood picks     assembled by    molded parts
    & paddles.           hand.      with a machine.

   Handmade        Semi-handmade    Moulded Teapots
viii. Clay

       Earth Clay                 Zisha Clay
  Makes 2nd grade quality,   “Purple Clay”. Original or
  affordable pots. Natural     natural clay. This is a
       color is white.            superior type.
ix. Clay Composition

                        (Pingni). May
                                   be a
                       of Yixing, non-
                           Yixing and
                       artificial clays.
ix. Clay Composition

Zisha Clay.
called “Qing Shui
Ni”) when not
mixed with other
types of clay or
has color.
ix. Clay Composition

                        clay). Can
                           also be
                       mixed with
                       other clays.
x. Clay Color

Zisha clay is often mixed, resulting in many different
colors. Adding dyes to Artificial clays often replicate real
colors of Zisha but these will fade in time.
xi. Zisha Clay Colors

                        Zhini (Purple)

      Hogni (Red)
xi. Zisha Clay Colors

                        Duani (Yellow)
xi. Zisha Clay Colors

   Heini/Wuni (Black)
 Zhuni is a rare Zisha red clay. These are
 rare and expensive teapots.
                                   xii. Firing Type

Teapots from absorbent clay are low-fired and are
made thicker to retain heat longer which works best
for Black Tea and Pu-Erh Tea.
                   xii. Firing Types

   They are
   brown in
   color and
   used for less
                                  xii. Firing Types

High-fired teapots use finer, thinner clay and will
lose heat faster, preventing over infusion. They
are best for Green, White and Oolong Teas.
                   xii. Firing Types

                       They are
                    usually red
                   in color, are
                    and retains
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Yixing Teapot Facts.

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Description: Determine how many persons you will be serving tea so that you can get the right size. The table above is the best guide.