Why are Yixing teapots so expensive?
Yixing teapots are expensive because they are seen as works of art. They are made from a type of clay that is expensive and limited in quantity and produced by Yixing teapot artists. The higher the rank of the artist and the older the teapot, the more expensive an Yixing teapot will be.
How much should a Yixing teapot cost?
An authentic good quality Yixing teapot should not cost lower than $50-$100 USD. Any lower and it’s probably not the best quality. Although they can go much higher in price, be careful not to overpay.
What is special about Yixing clay?
A famous characteristic of Yixing teapots are their ability to absorb trace amounts of brewed tea flavors and minerals into the teapot with each brewing. Over time, these accumulate to give each Yixing teapot its own unique interior coating that flavors and colors future brewings.
How do you make tea in a Yixing teapot?
Brewing in a Yixing Teapot Step by Step
- Prepare enough tea to fit in your Yixing teapot.
- Pour boiling water into the Yixing pot to warm it and pour off into a fair pitcher if you are using one, or the cup you plan to serve into.
- Add the tea to your Yixing teapot.
- Add boiling water to the teapot — fill to the top.
Why are Chinese teapots so small?
Short steeps ensure the tea is still hot when poured, while small volumes allow the tea to cool quickly for drinking. In many ways, small pots simply allow for more precision in the brew, since the water is infused with flavor more quickly, and can be drained from the leaves all at once.
Where are Yixing teapots made?
Jiangsu province of China
A yixing teapot is a specialty tea vessel made for brewing tea. This teapot is typically made of unglazed clay and features an unassuming structure. The teapots are made from clay found near Yixing in the Jiangsu province of China.