Enjoy tea in a traditional Chinese fashion with these Yixing clay teacups. The Chinese enjoy their tea like a fine liquor, sipping slowly and savouring each mouthful. Due to the Yixing clay, these tea cups will absorb the flavours of the tea over time, enhancing your experience every time.
Dimensions: 60mm diameter x 50mm height
More about Yixing clay:
Yixing clay products are made from Zisha or purple sand from Yixing, a small town on the west bank of Lake Tai about 120 miles west of Shanghai.
The composition of the clay allows for minimal shrinking during firing, and this makes for a tightly fitting lid, which reduces oxidation and holds the tea's flavour. The porosity of Yixing clay also helps it to absorb the flavour of the tea brewed in the teapot. Teapots and cups made of purple sand keep tea fresh and they make tea vibrate with taste.
Although this very special clay has been known since the 10th century, but the production of Yixing teapots flourished with the popular fashion for tea drinking among the literati in the late Ming dynasty. In Yixing you have to dig 10 meters down to find the clay, then sift and purify it and let it settle in a hole for a certain period before you can mix it with other ingredients. According to the classics no family would ever share its recipe with another.
Many of the teapots are small enough to fit in the palm of the hand. They hold very little tea, which was to be consumed like a fine liqueur.
"They are meant to be intimately appreciated"