A Guide to Teapots

So you went to a tea shop, impressed the sales associate with your knowledge about the different types of tea and you proudly walked out with your very own bag of beautiful tea leaves! Now it’s time to brew it. “I don’t have a teapot!” I hear you cry. Well then, here’s a quick guide to the different materials teapots can come in and what type suits you best. If you have your very own teapot already, you may find this interesting anyways.

Before I dive into different materials, you need to think about size. Whether you are brewing for just you or for your whole family will depend on the size of teapot you need to buy. Here is my smaller ceramic teapot (20 oz) and if you’re like me and enjoy sharing multiple cups with a friend then this is a good size.

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Cast Iron

Probably the most expensive of all the types of teapots. It holds heat very well and distributes the heat evenly. These teapots can also be very heavy and if a low quality it can influence the taste of the tea, leaving a metallic taste. These are also on the heavier side and usually more decorative.

Ceramic

A more affordable teapot. Make sure it is glazed on the inside or the ceramic will absorb the tea affecting the taste of other teas you brew in it. Its heat retention is not as high as cast iron but is better than most other materials.

Porcelain

White clay pots have lower heat retention and so are not great for tea requiring higher heat like black tea for example. However unlike ceramic, porcelain does not absorb the flavor of your tea.

Clay (Yixing)

Unglazed clay teapots are usually used when you have a favorite blend of tea, the unglazed teapot takes on the flavor of your favorite tea and enhances the flavor. Making different types of tea in unglazed teapots is not recommended.

Glass

These allow you to see your tea leaves as you steep them, especially the blooming teas which open as they are steeped. These do not hot heat as well so a teapot warmer is ideal if you are going to purchase a glass teapot.


So there you go, the styles of different teapots! A couple of tips to end off with are make sure your teapot has a removable strainer as it makes cleaning the teapot a lot easier. Never heat your water in the teapot, these teapots are for steeping only and are not meant for the stove top. Purchase a separate tea kettle and pour in your water from there.

Drink on!

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