Cast iron teapots were created in ancient China, adopted and refined by the Japanese, and are fundamental to the East Asian practice of brewing loose leaf tea. The style of our Teapot is “Tetsubin” and the classic, decorative hobnail style symbolises unity and strength. Through special treatments, impurities are removed from the cast iron during the production process. A coating of gloss black enamel is then applied to prevent the formation of rust.
Due to their strength of construction these pots may be used as tea kettles (to boil water) or as teapots (to brew tea). Our teapots come with a stainless-steel mesh infuser for brewing loose tea. If using the pot to boil water this infuser should be removed before doing so.
Instructions for Use:
- Before using to brew tea, boil a pot of water and pour it out to prepare the pot for each use.
- After each use, make sure that the pot is clean and dry to prevent the formation of rust. If water is left in the pot, chemicals from the minerals in the water may eventually erode the enamel coating.
- Tea should not be left in the pot overnight.
- In the unlikely event of rust, the pot can still be used. After cleaning the rusted area with a soft brush, boil used teabags or tea leaves. The tannic acid from the tea will react naturally with the iron producing a coating over the rusted area. This will also prevent the recurrence of rust.
- Store your pot in a cool, dry place or put it on display.