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. This size, the small 2oz size, is perfect for the solo tea drinker who intends to re-steep a fine-cut Japanese green tea (such as Gyokuro) numerous times.
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 that you are steeping, you may not need to use the separate, hand-held, fine-mesh stainless steel strainer that is traditionally used with most Japanese teapots); the teapot balance is good; the ‘pour’ 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.
Mary Lou, Autumn 2014
The exact color of these teapots does vary and yellow is a tricky color for most computer monitors and mobile devices. 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. As with butter, which is a similar color, it is a beautiful neutral color, but difficult to photograph!
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