This hand-painted baby gaiwan from Chaozhou is simple and elegant. The cup, lid and saucer all feature discrete fine lines in traditional blue. A delicate flower bud has been drawn in the inside of the cup. The gaiwan is made out of high quality white porcelain and features a wafer-thin rim.The small size of the gaiwan makes it particularly suited to taste Dancong oolong teas that are traditionally brewed strong with a lot of leaves. It is also perfect for a single tea taster.
Why do I need a gaiwan?
The gaiwan is the most common tea vessel in China. It comprises three pieces: a thin-walled, handle-less cup, a saucer and a lid. The cup is given a flared lip to hold it without burning one’s fingers.
According to custom, you should brew only the precise quantity of tea that you need to serve you and your guests. Several infusions follow; only freshly brewed tea is dispensed in the cups. This procedure guarantees best results.
Unlike Yixing teapots, the gaiwan does not retain odors. So you can brew different kind of tea in the same gaiwan.
Usage: steep the leaves in the gaiwan and pour the brewed tea into a second pot for serving. Use a strainer if necessary. Repeat several times refilling the gaiwan.
- MATERIAL: Porcelain
- CAPACITY: 60 ml
- WIDTH: 7.3 cm
- HEIGHT: 4 cm (cup only)