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Yellow Spice Yixing Teapot

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Yellow Spice is a small Yixing teapot, a particularly small exemplar of the Duo Zhi style, with its rounded body, falling spout, and fairly flat lid.

Duo Zhi pots of the Duanni clay are best suited to light teas, like white, green and yellow. They also render very well youngh Sheng Pu'er. 

 

The clay

The Yellow Spice Yixing teapot is made of the aged Lao Duanni (缎泥) clay, a yellow ore extracted several years ago at a mine in the Yellow Dragon Mountain (Huanglong shan, 黄龙山).

The clay was stored at the entrance of the mine for more than a decade before being shaped into a teapot and fired. The suffix "lao" ("old" in Mandarin) refers to the long storage.

 

Why is it called 'Spice'?

Duo Zhi is a traditional Yixing shape dating back to the mid-Qing Dynasty. The form of the pot resembles that of a container for spices and candies popular at that time. The container was called Duo Zi (掇子), which was pronounced with a sound not available in modern Mandarin. So, over the centuries, it was misspelled into Duo zhi (掇只), which is still today the name associated with this Yixing shape.

 

Why do I need a Yixing teapot?

The material and the shape of Yixing teapots are ideal for brewing tea. They bring out the tea flavour like no other tea vessel. Hand-made Yixing teapots are also valuable handicrafts sought after by collectors. Their value raises with time, usage, and artist popularity.

Yixing teapots are made of a rare and depleting clay mined in the mountains near Yixing, a city in the Jiangsu province. The high density yet porous nature of the clay absorbs the smell of the tea brewed in it. For this reason, it is advised to use the pot with only one kind of tea (for instance with black teas or green teas). Bring your tea to the next level; allow yourself an authentic Yixing teapot.

  • MATERIAL:  Lao Duanni, 老缎泥 (lit. Old Satin Mud)
  • MINE:  Huanglongshan, 黄龙山
  • SHAPE:  Duo Zhi, 掇只
  • CAPACITY:  110 ml
  • HEIGHT:  7 cm
  • WIDTH:  6.5x11 cm

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