YIXING TEAPOTS: A SERIOUS TEAPOT FOR SERIOUS TEA DRINKERS
Yixing teapots are crafted from special Yixing clay, also called “Purple Sand”, which can only be sourced in the town of Yixing located in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu.
These miraculous little teapots contain thousands of multitasking air holes (a characteristic unique to purple sand) that enhance tea brewing by keeping the water hotter longer.
According to the Tea Association of the USA, these teapots are intentionally left unglazed so that they absorb the flavor of the tea being brewed, which means you may want to use one Yixing teapot for each type of tea to avoid “cross-brewing.”
Once you’ve decided to go Yixing, be sure to follow these steps before brewing your first pot of tea.