ZiSha teapot's other names: Chinese Terra-cotta Teapot, Purple Sand Teapot, Yi Xing teapot, YiXing ZiSha teapot
The premium teapot, the ZiSha teapot, belongs to a class made from a special clay called ZiSha (which translates as purple sand).
ZiSha teapots rank top of the range when it comes to brewing quality teas. The unique characteristic that separates it from the rest is that ZiSha clay, when fired, leaves small cavities embedded in the clay to allow the teas to ‘breathe’, thus turning the tea brewing into a live process, avoiding a ‘sealed stew’, and contributing to the freshness of the tea.
ZiSha teapot making has advanced into an art of its own in China, to the extent that there are ZiSha teapot artists (graded according to their expertise), with certificates for individual teapots and sample files to document the clay used in the making of each one.
ZiSha teapot’s unglazed surfaces absorb traces of tea and create some complex and pleasant flavour.
1/ Use only hot water for washing, avoid detergents;
2/ One teapot for one tea type only wherever possible to avoid flavour contamination.
3/ To avoid the lid falling off and bread, tie the lid to the handle with a string (as shown in the image)
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