Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The purple beauty - Zisha

Zisha (literally, “purple sand”), was discovered around lake Tai, in the Jiangsu province of China. Aside from the beauty of the natural material, Zisha is renowned for its heat retention properties and resistance to oxidation, hence preserving the flavour of the tea for a longer period.

Zisha is also known for its ability to absorb the delicate flavours of the tea – allowing the teapot to become more seasoned with each use. It is believed that after years of use, one can brew tea by simply pouring boiling water into an empty teapot. The validity of which I am about to establish with my recent purchase.

One thing is for sure though, the properties of this clay certainly help to refine tea infusions and is especially prized because of this functional quality. Unfortunately, the authenticity of many Zisha pots found on the market leaves many of us often in doubt. What can be promoted to consumers as Zisha could also be poor quality clays mixed together to achieve the desired colour. This leaves much to be discovered about the inner beauty of a true Zisha vessel.

Blogeintrag auf Deutsch: Die violettfarbene Schönheit - Zisha

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