This is one of a new range of traditional Japanese cast iron teapots in the shop. They are handmade in exquisitely carved sand moulds using traditional skills dating back centuries. Traditionally used as kettles but they are also suitable as a teapot which most of our customers use them for. In line with Japanese and Chinese tradition these teapots are not lined with enamel as some are. Proper care of an authentic cast iron teapot will afford you a lifetime of use. After each use, allow teapot to cool completely before cleaning. Rinse and gently clean pot, with hot water only. Do not use soaps or detergents. Pat the outside dry with a clean cloth while the pot is still warm. Invert the pot to air dry before replacing infuser and lid. If the teapot is not used regularly store without lid and infuser. Avoid contact with salt and oils. In the unlikely event of rust, the pot can still be used. Rust from the teapot is non-toxic and perfectly safe. In fact, many Japanese tea connoisseurs actually prefer the taste of tea from a rusted iron teapot! If rust bothers you, clean the rusted area with a soft brush, then fill the pot with used tea leaves and boiling water. Allow to sit for 20 minutes, discard and rinse. Tannic acid in the tea reacts with the rust and forms a natural seal, helping to prevent the reoccurrence of rust. The benefit of using a cast iron teapot is that they are extremely durable and will last for generations! They have an excellent ability to retain heat. Made of specially purified cast iron, they are a symbol of strength and unity. The well sculptured relief on this black cast iron teapot depicts the bough of an Oriental pine tree. It has a brass lid with a detailed silver knob and brass handle. This is one of a new range of traditional Japanese cast iron teapots in the shop. They are handmade in exquisitely carved sand moulds using traditional skills dating back centuries.
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