At a recent tea show, I picked up this super Yixing cup as a sample from the elegant display at TrYeh. This cup has now become my absolute favourite for drinking my morning black tea. I find that the included clay filter cup has holes that are often too large for my tea leaves, not filtering as much as I’d like, but if I’d decided to dedicate it to green or oolong then perhaps it might work better. Who cares? It feels great and I’m now in relationship with it, seasoning it further with every steeping!
At TrYeh they say: Yixing is considered by connoisseurs to be the best way to drink tea. Made from a red clay found in the Jiangsu province of China, these cups “season,” which means they take on the flavor of your favorite tea to enhance every cup. But for that reason, they should only be used for one type of tea (white, green, oolong, black, herbal) for the best possible cup. And you’ll be delighted by the delicious taste of your tea after seasoning your Yixing tea cup.