First, I would like to mention that this is my 100th post to the Tea Journeyman blog. It is my hope that the subject of this post will be with me through hundreds and thousands of future posts. My first ninety-nine posts have been a true pleasure to write, and each of the teas that I have reviewed have provided me with a great experience. Cheers to one hundred posts!
Back to the subject at hand, this beautiful Kuro Sendan Tokoname Teapot which I purchased from the Yuuki-Cha website. This teapot was designed and handmade by Japanese artist Houryu, located in Aichi, Japan.
This teapot holds 9.4 ounces (280 ml) of water. It weighs 8.43 ounces (240 grams). Although the picture does not display the color very accurately, dark greenish-gray rings wrap around this otherwise black piece.
The spout is non-drip, which is a commonly overlooked feature in many mass produced teapots. The handle is lightweight and ergonomically comfortable.
This Kuro Sendan Tokoname has a ceramic mesh sasame strainer molded to the inside of the teapot, giving this teapot another high-end touch.
The interior of the Kuro Sendan Tokoname Teapot is smooth, even, and uniform, with no obvious flaws.
The Japanese artist, Houryu, etched his insignia into the Kuro Sendan Tokoname under the handle. Each tokoname teapot is marked with the insignia of the maker in order to identify it’s origin.
This Kuro Sendan Tokoname Teapot was sealed using high grade Chinese Chun Mee green tea, and boiled in the tea for fifteen minutes. Now it is ready for it’s first real taste of tea. I have quite a few high quality handmade teas from Malawi that still need a review, as well as several great teas from Kenya, south India, China, and Japan. Perhaps the steamed Purple Tea from Kenya will be an interesting welcome for this beautiful teapot.
The Yuuki-Cha website has some of the most beautiful Tokoname, kyusu, and earthenware teapots and teaware of any website that I have found. Take a moment to visit the Yuuki-Cha website by clicking here. They also have some interesting Japanese teas, including Japanese black and oolong teas. You may also find them on Facebook and Twitter as Yuuki-Cha. By the way, in my opinion, the pricing is quite reasonable. You will find some truly amazing handmade teapots for under $70, with EMS Express shipping included. For such a beautiful and highly functional piece of tea art, these Tokoname teapots are worth every penny. Thanks, Yuuki-Cha, for offering such high quality teaware at reasonable prices. Cheers!
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