Before first using a new Yixing Teapot, there are a few short steps that should be taken, and a few simple rules to follow to keep the pot in good condition for future tea sessions.
One of the most popular topics we receive questions about is pairing teas with Yixing teapots. This is understandable as the purpose of using an Yixing Teapot is to complement the flavour of tea.
While we do have some suggestions for tea pairing, they come with the following caveat: These are rough guidelines and reflect our personal tastes and opinions.
The spectrum of Yixing teapots consists of zhuni, hongni, zini, duanni/luni (or "red, brown, yellow"). Zhuni will have the least affect on flavour and is good for concentrating aroma. Hongni (including jiangponi) will mute certain flavours more, but not as much as zini. Zini will mute more flavour, but not as much as duanni and lüni.
We always recommend trying a new teapot with as many different kinds of tea as possible. You may be surprised by what goes well with a certain kind of clay.
Congratulations to @benjamin_d_orozco for the winning entry in our #teapotseasoning contest!
Enjoy $75 off your next purchase at MudandLeaves.com.
We found it difficult to choose only one winner for the contest with all of the great entries we received.
We are sending out a coupon for 12% off to everyone else who participated in our contest.
Thanks for taking part!
Show us how your MudandLeaves teapot has seasoned for a chance to win $75 off your next order at MudandLeaves.com. Winner will be announced by the end of June.
1. Share an original photo of your seasoned teapot from MudandLeaves (Could be an Yixing, Nixing or other teapot) on Instagram. A seasoned teapot is one that has developed a patina (shine, tea stains, etc.) from use.
2. Tag us @mudandleaves and include the hashtag #teapotseasoning so we can see your entry.
That’s it! The contest ends June 27, and the winner will be announced on June 28.
Multiple entries per account permitted, but only one entry per teapot. Entering the contest means you agree to have your photo featured on our website and social media. We will choose the winner and announce it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and in a follow up blog entry.
Have fun and good luck!
A deep yet brilliant red, Jihong is one of the classic glaze colors of Jingdezhen. Although the ingredients in the recipe are known, the difficulty of firing this glaze has meant that many porcelain studios choose an easier, more modern recipe to achieve a red glaze. Porcelain pieces that are made with the original glaze recipe for jihong are known as "fanggu" porcelain for their adherence to the original recipe.
The requirements for firing the glaze successfully are quite demanding. Firing a jihong glazed piece with a qinghua blue pattern or painting is even more difficult.