The Long Dan teapot is a traditional style Yixing teapot in the shape of a “dragon’s egg”, a symbol of good luck. It is made by local artisans from a popular type of Yixing clay called Zini, which has a beautiful purple colour, and is finished by hand. With an 11 cl capacity, this teapot is designed for brewing tea using the Gong Fu Cha method, with repeated infusions of the tea leaves to bring out the rich variety of notes.
Yixing is a city in the south of Jiangsu Province in China. It has been famous since the Ming Dynasty for the quality of its clay, which is rich in iron and silicon. Yixing clay is highly porous, which helps to bring out the flavours and aromas of the tea.
Yixing teapots are considered to have a “memory”. With each brew, the tannins build up on the inside of the teapot, helping the tea to develop a full range of notes. It is often recommended to reserve a Yixing teapot for brewing one type of tea.
This teapot is available in a limited edition to celebrate 2024, the Year of the Dragon.
The teapot comes in a beautiful box with a clasp and covered in red fabric in a traditional design.
1. Pour boiling water into the teapot to warm it up. Empty this into the fairness pot.
2. Fill the teapot to a third or half full with tea leaves, depending on the volume of the leaves, then add a little water to rinse and moisten the leaves. You can either drink this water or pour it into the fairness cup.
3. Fill the teapot with fresh water until it overflows, to remove any scum.
4. Place the lid on the pot and leave to brew for a few seconds.
5. Pour all the liquid into the fairness pot.
6. Pour the tea from the fairness cup into your cup. Enjoy your tea.
7. Repeat the infusion in the same way, extending the brewing time if necessary.
Note: this technique is ideal for brewing Oolongs and dark teas. Green teas and white teas are best brewed in a porcelain gaiwan, although they can also be brewed in this teapot.
Care tips: To clean your teapot, simply rinse it with fresh water. Never use any cleaning products, as the teapot will absorb their aromas.