A gaiwan is the central part of Gong Fu, used for infusing tea leaves. It consists of the bowl, lid, and saucer. A gaiwan is good to warm up tea, smell the aroma, and observe the tea leaves unfurling.
Zi Sha clay from the delta of Yangtze River, Yixing, has excellent porosity and heat handling properties that significantly improve the taste of tea when compared to tea made in glass, porcelain or glazed teapots. The clay is made of the mixture of kaolin, quartz, and mica, with a high content of iron oxide. The texture is somewhat sandy. The steps needed to prepare the clay are lengthy and have been traditionally regarded as a trade secret.
Because of its good heat preservation qualities, this gaiwan is great for brewing teas that need higher water temperature, such as black (red) teas, pu-erh and oolong.
3.5 x 3.9inch / 9 x 10cm
5fl oz / 150ml (Actual volume is 4.2oz / 125ml)
NOTE: Gaiwan and other teaware (especially those that are made of clay) easily absorb taste and aromas and should never be washed using detergents.