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Enrobed in dark, satiny zini, the form of this teapot is named for the image of a mysterious, dark pearl, an ancient metaphor for imperceptible Tao at the center of all things. Its lower profile is complemented by swelling curves in the otherwise flat lid and body, joined by the brief collar of the mouth, wide enough to accommodate twisting oolongs unbroken. Viewed from an angle, its form suddenly becomes compact and self-possessed, a dark bead afloat the tea table, dispensing deeply flavored tea through a net filter—if not, perhaps, wisdom.
This teapot is made of Zini (紫泥) clay, a dark brown ore extracted from the famous mountain Huanglong shan (黄龙山).
Zini is ideal for steeping black teas and post-fermented Pu'er (Shu Pu'er); it is also a very good match to roasted and aged oolong teas.
Why do I need a Yixing teapot?
The material and the shape of Yixing teapots are ideal for brewing tea. They bring out the tea flavor like no other tea vessel. Hand-made Yixing teapots are also valuable handicrafts sought after by collectors. Their value raises with time, usage, and artist popularity.
Yixing teapots are made of a rare and depleting clay mined in the mountains near Yixing, a city in the Jiangsu province. The high density yet porous nature of the clay absorbs the smell of the tea brewed in it. For this reason, it is advised to use the pot with only one kind of tea (for instance with black teas or green teas). Bring your tea to the next level; allow yourself an authentic Yixing teapot.