Morning brew : Oriental Beauty
A highly prized Taiwanese oolong with notes of honey and fruit.
The pear shape, Si Ting in Chinese, is a very beautiful and very versatile teapot shape. This one crafted of Zhu Ni clay, a high temperature fired red clay, can be used for Oolongs, Hong Chas, and Pu Erh with great results. Of course it is recommended by teapot connoisseurs to pick and use only one variety of tea for each pot. The surface porosity of genuine Yixing clay will slowly cause the inside and out of the teapot to "season" and absorb minute quantities of the teas aromas and flavors. It is said that after many years of use with a single variety of tea, one only needs to add hot water, no tea leaves, and due to the years of "seasoning" the water will smell and taste like tea. The style of brewing using Yixing teapots is called Gongfu Cha. The name of this brewing style is derived from the same root word as Kung Fu, a type of Chinese martial arts. It is translated as discipline or order and in both brewing and in martial arts it is the mindful repetition, over many years, that lifts one to the expert level.