Preparing,curing the yixing teapot for regular use

October 11, 2007 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Tea tools, accessories, YiXing teapots | Leave a comment

So when i received this little pot it smelled profusely of clay dust. and it still had some clay dust inside.

i washed it for 1 day in filtered water – still smells.
i put boiling water in it – still smells.
i put it in boiling water – still smells.

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yixing swimming in filtered water.

after a couple ‘swimming lessons’ decided to brew some not so exciting oolong (but not crappy either) in it. after about 3 times it started to smell less obtrusive.
the resulting liquid was not drank, but let soak in the pot for hours or so. then i started to use it.

about 5 times of brewing/infusing nice dancong (phoenix) oolong in it, the little pot almost lost its clay smell. i did not perceive any clay taste in these brewings.

some say to put the pot in the oven to cure it, dont know how that will make the smell evaporate. i didnt try it.

i put it in the oven after using it, just to make it dry faster after cleaning it, and seems to make it smell less.

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