If you’re new to brewing tea Chinese style, you may be a bit intimidated by all the choices in front of you: types of clay, firing temperatures, seasoning, storing, ‘raising’, sizes, etc. How can you ever enjoy your tea with so much to think about?? To help you out, I’m putting together a teapot buyer’s guide with some helpful tips from Taiwan tea professionals to help you navigate the tricky waters of clay pot ownership. In the meantime, here are a few pots you can consider. While some are Taiwan clay and some are Yixing, they are all good quality starter pots. They balance nicely, pour well, and are suitable for brewing baojong, most oolongs, and Tie Kuan Yin.
TWSR1 160cc (5.4oz)
This is a popular starter teapot. It has a good seal, and pours quickly for easy handling.
TWSR2 140cc (4.7 oz)
A slightly smaller version of the TWSR1 with a glossy finish and a smooth rim.
TWGS1 160cc (5.4 oz)
This clay pot has a unique stone grain finish. Its barrel shape gives the leaf a lot of room to expand and release its full flavor.
TWPOR1 90cc (3.0 oz)
This porcelain teapot doesn’t absorb odors, and can be used to brew any tea. It’s small size and ‘lowrider’ styling make it a good choice for testing new teas or brewing for 1-2 people.
YXPUR1 120cc (4.1 oz)
This inexpensive pot gives you the benefits of Yixing purple clay at a very affordable price.
YXPUR2 180cc (6.1 oz)
This larger Yixing purple clay pot is great for entertaining friends, or when you want to brew larger amounts of tea quickly.
YXJHU1 120cc (4.1 oz)
Add variety to your Zhu Ni collection with this pot. Its flattened shape gives it a low profile while still allowing maximum leaf expansion.
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