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Unglazed Gaiwan - 100ml

Range: Tea Expert

This traditional set of teaware offers an authentic way to enjoy all your favourite Chinese speciality loose-leaf teas, allowing for multiple steepings of each.

Handcrafted in China

Pottery gaiwan
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UK Deliveries

 

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Transit time

Standard

£2.50, Free - over £25

Royal Mail

2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

£5.95

DPD

1-2 days, up to 5*, Tracked

Next-Working-Day

£9.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, 1-2** days, Tracked

Saturday

£13.95

DPD

Orders placed before 2pm, Saturday delivery, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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Method

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Carrier

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Standard

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Economy

From £5.50

Royal Mail

3-7 days, up to 21*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

Tracked

From £15.95

Feedex

3-5 days, up to 8*, Tracked

*Most deliveries will be made within the usual time-frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

 

Rest of the World

 

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Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked (Offered for orders less than £50 only)

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

International Buyers (Including EU) – Please Note:


Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be before buying.

Chinese tradition


Nestling neatly within your hands, this Unglazed Gaiwan calls to mind the most ancient Chinese tea-drinking traditions. Made from Yixing clay, produced for centuries to the west of Shanghai, this authentic brewing set allows you to steep and drink tea in the time-honoured Chinese way. 

Comprising a lidded cup (or ‘bowl’) and a saucer, a gaiwan also enables you to re-steep your tea leaves 2-3 times (see below), ensuring you get the most out of every tea leaf. 

Yixing clay is made from ‘zisha’ purple sand. The material’s porous nature tends to absorb the flavours of the tea, so you may like to use this speciality piece of teaware for just one style of your favourite strong-flavoured tea. We love using it for oolong, green and white teas – but you could use it for any loose-leaf tea you like.

How to use a gaiwan


Using Your Gaiwan


Rinse the gaiwan cup with warm water and place the required amount of tea in the cup. Add water at the correct temperature to the cup. Once the tea has steeped (see below for a guide), pick up the cup and saucer and position the lid slightly askew, just enough to allow the tea to pour out while still retaining the leaves. Hold firmly, pour and enjoy!


How Long To Brew In A Gaiwan?


The traditional method involves a very short brewing time with a high leaf-to-water ratio (1 part leaves: 2 parts water). The leaves remain in the bowl and can be used for several re-steepings.

For black and oolong teas: the first step is to gently pour the water over the leaves to rinse them, discarding the water after a couple of seconds. This is called the ‘awakening’ of the tea. Thereafter, and depending on the type of tea, this gongfu method allows you to enjoy multiple steepings.

First steeping:

Black tea: 15 seconds

Oolong tea: 20 seconds

Green tea: 25 seconds

White tea: 30 seconds

For the subsequent steepings, add 5-10 seconds every time.

Materials


Fired clay ceramic.

Features and care instructions

Not microwave safe

Not microwave safe

Hand wash only

Hand wash only

Dimensions: 80mm(H) x 90mm(Diameter)  100ml

Dimensions: 80mm(H) x 90mm(Diameter) 100ml

Unglazed Gaiwan - 100ml

£10.95
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