This heavy, black cast iron tea pot or Tetsubin as it is called in Japan is distinguished in its look and feel as the stucco like finish on the surface adds a rich texture to its cool iron square shape. The contrasting lid is auspiciously colored in red and looks perfect against the dark background of the body. The smooth, cast iron handle is collapsible for easy storage. A great feature is the fitted, stainless steel mesh sieve that fits snugly inside to steep your choice of loose tea leaves to perfection. This tea pot is easy to use and lovely enough to leave out as part of your décor.
Although tea drinking was not affordable to the common folk of Japan until the Chinese introduced the concept of Sencha, or brewing tea from harvested tea leaves; once the taste was acquired, it caught on like wildfire. The concept of a portable teapot made of iron was developed from the original hearth kettle style that was hung above the fire to create hot water and provide humidity to the home. The popularity of the Tetsubin type of iron teapot led to them becoming a status symbol among tea drinkers and the quest for a more beautiful version keeps the collectors busy to this day. Some tea connoisseurs believe that there is no tea as tasty as when brewed in an iron tea pot, perhaps it is the feeling of ritual that this traditional teapot carries with it. Hand washing recommended, this teapot is for brewing tea, not for boiling water. Lovely gift box. Made in China.
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