Choosing the right teapot

Porcelain teapots

 

Porcelain is one of the most prized materials for teapots. The smooth sides do not retain the smell of previous infusions. Porcelain preserves fragile aromas: it is particularly well-suited to green and white teas.

Cast iron teapots

 

Emblematic of both tea and Japan, a cast iron teapot is an absolute must for many tea aficionados. Cast iron retains heat for a long time. The cast iron teapots available from Palais des Thés all come from Japan and are treated with an inner coating, eliminating any risk of rust.

Glass teapots

 

Discover our selection of elegant and refined glass teapots. The transparent modern or more traditional designs are an attractive means of preparing tea. The thin sides are resistant to temperature shocks and ensure that even large teapots are very light, although they do not retain heat for very long.

Earthenware teapots

 

Earthenware teapots are ideal for preparing Chinese black teas and dark teas. The best come from Yi Xing, renowned for the exceptional quality of its clay.

Yi Xing earthenware teapots

This earthenware, which comes from a specific region in the Chinese province of Jiangsun, has the particularity of being rich in iron and silica: Yi Xing earthenware teapots are dense, retain heat very well and are said to have a “memory”, as the aromas of the teas infused are transferred to the earth. Over time, the teapot will release these aromas and enhance the tea you prepare. You should nevertheless make sure you always use it to prepare the same type of tea, otherwise the teapot will add foreign notes to your favourite blend.

Other earthenware teapots

Since ancient times, numerous different types of earth have been used to make teapots. Unlike the earth from Yi Xing, most of them do not store the tea aromas in their “memory”, although you are advised to use each teapot for a particular type of tea (Darjeeling, Japanese green tea or flavoured tea for example).