Understanding Tetsubin and the Art of Tea

Tea cup and tea potThe art of tea drinking is widely embedded in the Japanese culture. It is a craft that is practised, perfected, and passed down from one generation to another and is still widely done in this day and age. Therefore, it is no surprise how Japanese people have made their own pots to help bring out the flavour if different teas.

One of these is known as Tetsubin or Japanese cast iron teapot. Have a deeper look at this specialised teapot and why it has stood the test of time.

What is a cast iron teapot?

Tetsubin has been made and used for more than hundreds of years for Japanese tea ceremonies. Cast iron teapot is made of pouring cast iron into either clay or sand molds. Commercial pots are poured on sand molds while clay molds are used in producing high-end Tetsubin products.

The initial function of a Tetsubin is to boil water. During the process itself, the taste of water changes and brewing tea using boiled water in a Tetsubin gives it a unique mellow and sweet taste. Also, because of its iron content, certain health benefits can also be reaped when drinking tea from a Tetsubin.

Guide to purchasing one

As Tetsubin has been widely recognised, the demand for the pot has increased. Nowadays, commercial Tetsubin is machine made, but high-end ones are still manually made by hand. The latter is gives better quality tea, but is obviously pricier than the former. It also comes in different colours other than black. It can also be coated with enamel or not.

Some experts believe that for a better tea experience, going for uncoated ones would be better. Tetsubin pots are heavy. The heavier it is, the higher the quality and the price.

Enhance your tea experience by investing in the right teapot. Finding the right Tetsubin can definitely help you with your tea experience.