If you wish to brew your loose leaf Chinese tea the right way, then do it the Gong Fu Way! Gong Fu translates as 'right effort.' Gong Fu Cha is putting forth our best effort to get the best flavor from the tea leaves. You may compare the resulting cup of tea to an espresso. By contrast, western tea brewing methods create something like an americano — a big cup of coffee.
Using a small teapot, tea is brewed in concentrated amounts. This way, we can extract the full spectrum of the tea's properties. We can add hot water to the same tea leaves multiple times. With superior teas, it can even be up to 13 times. Taste each tea brew independently to discern the changes in flavor. Tea drinkers can appreciate the evolving stages of tea. This method also maximizes the quantity of brewed tea from each serving of tea leaves.
Da Hong Pao clay is quite rare nowadays. It comes from a small mining area sitting between two small villages in Yixing, Jiangsu province. Due to the lower content of aluminum oxide and a higher shrink rate than regular Zhu Ni clay (sometimes it shrinks as much as 40%), it has a much lower rate of surviving a kiln. The clay is high in iron oxide, making it look deeper-red than the usual ZhuNi clay after firing. Hence the name: "Da Hong Pao" means "Big Red Robe" in Chinese.
"Da Hong Pao" clay is high-density clay. It does not absorb fragrances as much as ZiSha or Duanni and preserves more delicate teas' fragrances without overcooking them. It will complement fragrant teas, like lightly oxidized Oolongs, and work well with darker teas as well, like with Hong Cha and Pu-erhs. The dense walls of the teapot give these teas a good opportunity to fully present themselves.
Our Da Hong Pao Zhu Ni Clay Teapot is made by a national craftsman, talented pottery master Wang Xiaoping, a member of Jiangsu Ceramic Association.
Aroma cups are an essential part of enjoying the tea, especially oolong tea. As its name suggests, it is used for smelling the fragrance of the tea before drinking it. Unlike the tasting cup, the aroma cup is tall and slender. Make sure the cups match with your yixing teapot or gaiwan in material and color. Made from renowned yixing zisha clay, these cups will perfectly complement your tea.
How to use:
Pour tea from the Cha Hai into the aroma cup. Cover the aroma cup with the tasting cup. Slightly pressing both cups together with the thumb and index fingers of one hand, flip the cups over so that the aroma cup is now on top. Slowly lift the aroma cup. Enjoy its smell before taking a sip of the delicious tea.
What is in the set:
- Handmade Yixing DHP Zhu Ni Clay Teapot by master Wang Xiaoping (200ml)
- 2 sets of Zhu Ni Aroma Tea Cups (20ml)
For the full Gong Fu Cha experience, make sure to have the following items:
- Cha Hai / Gong Dao Bei – 'bowl of impartiality'
- Tea Filter – helps to get a cup of clear and bright tea
NOTE: Avoid using detergents when cleaning.
NOTE: This teapot is handcrafted. It makes each piece unique and one of a kind. Thus the teapot that you will receive may slightly differ from the one in the photos.