Not only are Yixing teapots beautiful pieces of artwork, but they also brew excellent tea.
They are most commonly used with puer, oolong, and black teas, but can be used for other types of tea as well.
Many people view Yixing teapots as investments, as when they are used correctly and properly taken care of, they are thought to brew better and better tea with each passing year.
The directions below will teach you how to season a Yixing teapot.
- Boil some water. It’s best to use distilled water because it has low amounts of minerals and won’t produce sediment on or in the Yixing teapot during the seasoning process.
- Take the lid off of your teapot and use a slotted spoon to gently lower the teapot and lid into the boiling water. It’s recommended to keep the slotted spoon under the Yixing teapot because otherwise the direct heat and vibration may run a risk of damaging your precious teapot.
- Boil your teapot for 3 to 5 minutes, remove it from the boiling water, and give it time to fully dry.
- Choose which type of tea you would like to season your Yixing teapot with. It’s recommended to choose just one general type of tea, such as puer or oolong because Yixing teapots can absorb flavor from the tea and impart it’s taste on your future brews.
- Brew your chosen tea in the teapot, remove the leaves, and allow the tea to sit inside the teapot for a short while.
- Rinse teapot out with water.
- Your teapot is now ready to use.
Never wash your teapot with anything but clean water or tea. Soap and detergents should be avoided because they are known to impart a bad taste to the clay. You should also fully dry your teapot between uses and storage.