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Shuiping Yixing Pot

These handmade pots are crafted of Yixing clay in the iconic shuiping shape.  This iconic form dates back to the Ming Dynasty and has been used throughout history as a test of an artist's skill.  The unglazed clay is smooth yet porous and ready to be seasoned with the tea of your choice.  Each pot holds 110ml and the tapered spout offers a smooth flow that allows for long, unbroken pours without leaking from the lid.  

Each pot comes in it's own fitted box with a certificate of authenticity.  

Yixing pots are iconic and are known as being the first teapots in the world.  The clay is uniquely porous and will "drink" the tea that is made with it, allowing the consecutive steeps to absorb into the clay and enhance future steeps.  For this reason, it is recommended that each pot be dedicated to one type of tea to prevent the crossover of other flavors.  Over time, your pot will become more seasoned and make each pot of tea more aromatic and flavorful.  

To care for your pot, rinse with hot water immediately after each use and allow it to dry completely before applying the lid.  Never use soap or abrasives.  

It is important to properly care for your pot to ensure it's longevity.  When you first bring it home, rinse it with hot water and then cold water.  This should wash away the clay smell. 

It is then important to season the tea before steeping with it.  Gently lower the teapot into a clean pot of boiling water.  Keep the lid separate and do not let it touch the bottom, as the bubbles might jiggle it too much.  Allow it to sit in the boiling water a few minutes, then remove and let it cool completely.  You will need to decide which type of tea you would like to dedicate your pot to.

To season, add tea to the pot and steep.  Pour the tea into a small bowl after about 30 seconds and steep the leaves again.  Repeat this process until the bowl is full.  You can then remove the leaves and soak the pot and lid separately in the brewed tea.  Let it soak until it has cooled. 

Always let the pot and lid dry completely before putting the lid on.  Over time, your pot will develop more color and aroma, but it will not be unpleasant.  When properly cared for the clay will prevent any bacteria from forming.  

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