An investment in a good kettle is essential for a serious tea drinker. While water may be heated in a microwave, the process robs the liquid of oxygen, badly affecting the flavor of your tea. A stovetop kettle or electric kettle will both heat water quickly and reliably. Glass kettle offers the advantage of lower cost and the visual splendor of watching water boil. An electric kettle, on the other hand, offers the advantage of speed as well as precise temperature settings.
A handmade work of Chinese art, with a tradition going back thousands of years. This pot is made from rare zi sha clay (purple sand), which is found only in the city of Yixing, in Jiangsu province. These often elaborate and whimsical pots are traditionally used for gongfu steeping, where tea is served in small cups over the course of many very short infusions. Ideal teas for this are oolongs and puerhs, although some black teas will be quite love... read more...
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