With so many teapots in abundance, it’s hard to confine yourself to whatever fits on your shelf space or sideboard! If you’re like me, tea pots hold an allure, not just for holding my favorite beverage but because of thier beauty and uniqueness!
Tea pots are available in endless shapes and sizes, with styles ranging from simple to ornate. The same can be said of tea sets / tea service, which can come with a matching second pot, creamer, sugar bowl, teacups, or tray.
Consider how many guests you host at your teatime parties and how many cups will be consumed. With quality loose leaves, you can pour more hot water over the leaves for a second brew. Teatime Parties are a great time to bring out the heirloom service. If you want a small, personal T-pot, don’t buy one that holds just one cup as the leaves won’t have room to expand – opt for a two cup.
If functionality is the key in your purchase, then consider ones that have built-in infusers, keeps the water from cooling off quickly, or is easy to pour. If you just love beautiful T- pots, then the only criteria is your wallet or shelf space.
Ceramic Chintz, Yixing, and Japanese tea pots; English Silver, and a Victorian tea pot are examples of traditional teapots and are available in multiple shapes, colors and patterns. Modern pieces can be found with some very unique shapes and sets are available in both traditional and modern styles.
China and Porcelain are good for lighter teas such as Oolongs, green or Darjeeling. Pewter, silver, terra cotta and cast iron are good for stronger brews such as black, Ceylon, and Assam. Yixing pots are thought best to use for Chinese black or green, which bring out the full flavor. They are made of a porous stoneware (some are glazed) which will absorb and acquire a lining of deposits, which add to the flavor of your brew.
How often will the pieces be handled and how will they be stored?
If you are a collector, it is still important to have an idea of what your budget is, as well as the knowledge of what particular pieces are worth.
How to Care for Your Tea Pots
Do not use soap on your teapots as any remaining residue could contaminate the tea. Also, do not place in a dishwasher. Simply rinse well with clean water and drain upside down. Yixing pots should also not be washed, but simply rinsed with clear water and allow to “season”.
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