Because the interior of the pot is unglazed, Zisha teapots offer good air permeability to retain the original fragrance of the tea. Over time, the pot absorbs the flavor of the tea and builds up a patina that enhances future brews.
Zisha teapots are delicate and attractive, exquisitely shaped, and finely carved by hand. Not only are they used for serving, they are also beautiful ornaments.
The Zisha pot originated in Yixing, China. “Zisha,” also called “Yixing Clay” can only be found around Lake Tai, the great lake in the Jiangsu Province. The special clay is made of kaolin, quartz, and mica. It is also rich in iron oxide, which enhances the flavor and aroma of the tea, and lends the teapot its strong durability.
The Zisha pot is famous for its simple and unadorned appearance, which is considered as a symbol for returning to the humble roots of tea. Tea lovers appreciate its simplistic beauty and cultural meaning.
Legend has it that the Zisha pot was first used during the Song dynasty. A local man, Gong Chun, from Yixing, discovered Buddhist monks making jars with the local clay. He learned the craftsmanship and made a teapot inspired by the porous texture of gingko trees. This teapot then became a popular trend and to this day Yixing remains synonymous with teapots.
Nice zisha pot! Really liked it. Been using it for black tea only, and I have gaiwan for oolong.