- Tea Knowledge
This tidy gaiwan is the perfect size for the casual solo drinker: its upright form holds only 100 milliliters below the lid, leaving space for steeping a few longer, wilder leaves without breaking them—a good choice for twisted oolongs or unruly mao cha. The sandy, speckled ceramic is smooth to the touch and finely edged, and the vessel remains well-balanced in the hand for comfortable usage. Whether for producing more concentrated infusions or brewing that small sample, such little gaiwans are a nice alternative to larger ones to have on hand.
It is additionally available paired with a simple tea boat in an ecru color, a deep ceramic plate notched to suggest a flower that will catch any wayward drips, splashes, or spills.