I was served tea in these eye-catching teapots when I visited Japan in November of 2012. When I inquired about these teapots, I learned that they are recommended by the Japanese Tea Instructor Association and are the teapot of choice for many tea professionals who teach the art of steeping sencha (leaf tea).
The teapots are simple and straightforward, and made in several popular sizes to accommodate Sencha, Gyokuro and other Japanese green teas. The color is a striking caramel-yellow color with a satin-smooth eggshell finish (slight sheen) that blends well with other teawares and teacups. The clay strainers are super-fine (so depending on the size of the leaf you may not need to use the traditional fine-mesh stainless steel finish strainer), the teapot balance is good, the pouring is excellent, and the teapots feel very comfortable in the hand. The price is reasonable, too, for those who want to purchase more than one size.
The exact color of these teapots does vary. The overhead photograph is generally slightly darker than they are – and the other photographs of the teapots are slightly lighter than normal. So, while the images are good for scale, detail, and proportion, the color of the pot(s) that you receive will likely be lighter or darker than those in the pictures here on our website.
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