Zini

Palace Lantern Yixing Teapot

For an opulent moment, one cannot beat the feeling lent by this tall pot, made taller still by a domed lid. Modelled after the shape of the ornate wood and paper lanterns one might find in royal lodgings or swanky dens, its form manages to convey that very sense, despite in fact having only one embellishment: a ring looped through the lid that moves freely, allowing the functional advantage of opening the heated teapot without being burnt. The dark, rich zini is studded with just-visible flecks of twinkling grains which may not light up your night, but will hopefully light up your face. Includes a built-in net filter.


The clay

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.

  • MATERIAL:  Zini, 紫泥 (lit. 'purple mud')
  • SHAPE:  Chuan Ding Gong Deng, 串顶宫灯 ('string-topped palace lantern')
  • CAPACITY:  150 ml
  • HEIGHT:  7.5 cm
  • WIDTH:  12 x 7.5 cm
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$173.50