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This quaint and elegant Yixing models the classic Li Xing, or pear shape, reassuring comfort to the eyes of its beholder. The curves and lines that compose this teapot are fluidly in motion, peaking rather poignantly at the spout to draw a dignified look and a lightness of being. Its rounded body and slightly elevated form makes it perfectly suitable for expanding leaves, such as in pressed teas and rolled oolongs, while the buoy-like lid gives generous headroom for the higher aromas of delicate teas to gather in the event of one's inquisitive sniff.
Made of lustrous and dense zhuni (朱泥), one of the rarer Yixing ores. Shrinking during firing, its resultant density and superior heat retention recommends it for use with aromatic teas or those brewed with the hottest water, such as rolled oolongs or black 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.