Made according to the exacting specifications of a Japanese Tea Master. Beautifully constructed of Premium cast iron. These teapots are true heirlooms complete with matching trivets and stainless street tea strainer. They make a perfect gift for the tea lover in your life. Chose from a variety of shapes, designs and colours.
Each tea pot comes with 100g of premium loose leaf tea.
Exactly when the tetsubin first appeared in Japan is unclear, but much evidence suggests a close relationship with the rise of the sencha, a form of tea-drinking that uses tea leaves instead of powdered tea. Sencha was introduced to Japan from China around the middle of the 17th century, a period when Japan’s literati were greatly influenced by China as well as by Neo-Confuciani thought. Sencha was not considered a formal ceremony but introduced tea as a drink that was closely associated with medicinal herbs. Most literati adopted sencha drinking as a symbolic revolt against the formality of chanoyu, favored by the ruling class.
Tetsubin or iron teapots were originally kitchen items used for boiling water and brewing tea. These tetsubin generally were not ornate as they were commonly left on or over a hearth, to provide heat and humidity during cold weather. During the mid-19th century as infused tea drinking became popular, tetsubin were no longer viewed as kitchen items, but as status symbols. Some of these tetsubin were elaborately decorated with high relief designs and inlays of copper, gold and silver. The two prefectures best known for tetsubin are Iwate, which is considered to produce the best designs and quality at a reasonable price, and Yamagata, which is best known for the handmade tetsubin and changama that are preferred by the tea ceremony masters.