Yixing teapots are prized by tea drinkers for their porous nature. Every session enhances the taste as the unglazed clay slowly absorbs the tea. After years of regular use, Yixing teapots develop a special shine from the inside out. They aren’t very common in the U.S. but savvy tea lovers spotted these beauties in The Blind Banker episode of the popular BBC series Sherlock.
Dating back to the 15th century, they can only be made with special purple clay from the mountains surrounding Yixing, China. They are usually much smaller in size than western pots, enabling the tea drinker to achieve smaller brews with concentrated flavor and aroma. The color of the clay can range from dark purple to reddish brown and even pale green. Traditional styles are usually understated and plain but you can find modern pots made to look like pumpkins or cute animals, too.
Black tea, oolong and pu-erh all perform well when brewed in Yixing teapots. White, yellow or green teas do not tend to work well as the clay retains too much heat. This increases the chances of making your tea bitter. Due to their absorbent qualities, Yixing teapots are usually dedicated to a single type of tea. For example, I have different pots for sheng pu-erh, phoenix oolongs and greener rolled oolongs. Mixing teas that are very different from each other could result in a muddled flavor.
Maintaining your pot properly will give you years of enjoyment. In order to prevent mold, after each use leave the lid off until the inside has dried completely. It’s also important to never wash your Yixing with soap or put it in the dishwasher. The clay would absorb the chemicals, ruining any tea that you try to make in the future.
I’m often asked when someone should make the leap to using an Yixing. My answer is always to wait until you find a tea that you love enough to dedicate a teapot’s entire lifetime to it.
There is a wide range of quality and price levels in the market today. It’s best to purchase from a trusted retailer who specializes in Chinese tea ware. A good starter pot could be found for as little as $50 while higher end handmade pieces will cost thousands. Be wary of antiques as there a lot of counterfeits. If it sounds too good to be true, it generally is.
Much like cast iron skillets, Yixing teapots require seasoning. There are many different methods to do so but this is the way that has worked best for me.
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Allow me to introduce you to your new favourite show to binge watch on Netflix. Kim’s Convenience is a CBC comedy about a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store in downtown Toronto. The sitcom is based on Ins Choi’s award-winning play. The moment I began watching the show I instantly regretted not doing so sooner. I actually started watching Kim’s Convenience because of an interaction on this Instagram post that featured Janet, played by the hilarious Andrea Bang, chugging a mug of tea. Andrea Bang was born and raised in Burnaby, B.C and like her character, she grew up around tea. In fact, tea plays a huge role in her acting career today. At the tea table Andrea opened up about her childhood tea moments, her favourite steeps, which character from Kim’s Convenience she would share a cup of tea with and more.
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Two Types of Major College scholarships
Just before we get in composition, let me define what i’m saying by a ‘major’ scholarship. You can find two major types We are focusing on. The foremost is the kind that promises more than just bucks. These free college funding also include unique mentoring, enrichment experiences, management development, study opportunities, embraced experiences by using a cohort connected with fellow historians, and/or entrance to an is in program. Any some of these activities might be marketed in addition to a whole (or close full) journey to college. Could possibly be anywhere from some to 52 scholarships to go around for each inbound class in various colleges in the United States (the Stamps President’s Scholarship from Georgia Tech falls straight into this category).
The second type scholarship is one of expensive or perhaps most exclusive scholarship within a particular university. It’s not unconventional to find some or 20 of these scholarships or grants sitting there with the students considered ‘the good the best’ in the newly arriving class. Requirements for line is often very scholastically focused, but is not exclusively. Bonuses beyond financing for the cost of attendance usually are hit or miss, typically miss (though sometimes these come with admission to an recognizes program).