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YiXing Teapots
YiXing teapots first appeared in the YiXing region of China during the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 ME). Since then, they have become the preferred tea brewing vessel of the Chinese and of tea aficionados worldwide. They are known for their unique and beautiful designs, as well as the purple clay from which they are made, that becomes seasoned with continued use.

People from the United States and Europe are often surprised by the size of YiXing teapots. Most Westerners are more familiar with large teapots that are used to brew tea for numerous people at a time. Although there are certainly plenty of larger teapots for social brewing, YiXing teapots are intended for individual use, producing 1-2 servings of tea. For this reason, the Chinese historically would carry their own personal YiXing teapot and drink directly from its spout, although this is less common today.
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Purple Clay
Purple clay’s unique properties make it ideal for brewing tea. The quality most immediately apparent is the attractive color of purple clay. This color, sometimes augmented by natural pigments, is never hidden by glazes on YiXing teapots. Similarly, the inside of YiXing teapots are always left uncoated. The porous nature of purple clay absorbs the flavor, smell and color of the tea that is brewed in it. Over time, YiXing pots develop a seasoning from repeated use, making the tea brewed from a well-used teapot a special treat. For this reason, most people will dedicate a single flavor of tea to a specific YiXing teapot, so that the seasoning is not disrupted by cross-brewing.

Before using your teapot for the first time, rinse the inside thoroughly with hot water. To clean your teapot, simply empty the leaves and rinse the teapot with hot water. Never use soaps or cleansers, as the porous clay may absorb them and interfere with the seasoning of your teapot and the taste of tea brewed in it. Contact us in Hackensack, New Jersey, for further information on the care of your teapots or information regarding the health benefits of drinking tea.

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How long should tea be steeped?

White- Heat water until just before boiling. Steep 1-3 minutes.

Green-   Heat water until just before boiling. Steep 1-3 minutes.

Flavored Green- Heat water until just before boiling. Steep 3 minutes.

Oolong- Heat water until just boiling. Steep 3-5 minutes.

Black Tea- Heat water until boiling. Steep 3-5 minutes.

Flavored Black- Heat water until boiling. Steep 5 minutes.

Tisanes- Heat water until boiling. Steep to taste.

Black Tea is roll broken after withering. Roll breaking cracks the surface of the leaf, exposing its enzymes to oxygen. After full oxidation occurs, the leaf is then finished with forced hot air.

White Tea is picked, withered, and bake-dried.

Green Tea is picked, and then steamed to neutralize active enzymes. After steaming, the leaf is withered and manipulated to achieve the desired leaf finish.

Oolong Tea is basket tossed after withering. There is no steaming, as the enzymes need to remain active. Basket tossing bruises the edges and exposes the leaf’s enzymes to oxygen, initiating oxidation. Oxidation is the process that results in the flavor profiles of oolong & black tea. After partial oxidation, the leaf is then pan fired.

Tisanes (herbal teas) are not actually tea (camellia sinensis) but herbs, spices, or fruit. Most tisanes are caffeine-free.

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