Three New Imperial Grade Yi Xing Teapots

Last summer when he was in Yi Xing, Roy commissioned three new teapots for our Imperial collection, the highest grade of teapot we offer. This week they arrived! We're excited to share these new teapots - all based on famous teapots from the past - here on the blog.
The Imperial Yang Tong Yi Xing Teapot is modeled after a Qing Dynasty original. Meticulously handcrafted, it features hand-wrought copper detailing. The ping zi ni body enhances the pot's ability to absorb the essence of the tea you brew in it and gain a lustrous patina. An excellent pot for either puerh or oolong tea, the Yang Tong holds a generous 30 ounces. Roy has been hoping to reproduce this teapot since 1994, and only now is satisfied enough with the result to agree to sell it!

The Imperial Yi Li Zhu (Single Pearl) Yi Xing Teapot has returned! Based on a classic design, this exquisite small zi sha pot was briefly available last summer before Roy sent it back to the studio for more improvements. It must be cradled in the palms of your hands for its tactile allure to be fully appreciated. A superb choice for either puerh or oolong teas, the 8-ounce Yi Li Zhu is a timeless beauty. It comes with its own traditional-style cloth sack, based on a Chinese coin purse design, that can be used to protect or carry it.

At last, a fine yi xing teapot for green tea lovers! The Imperial Shu Bian Yi Xing Teapot is made of fine duan ni (tan clay) and is designed to cradle in the palm of one hand so you can drink from the spout - the ultimate "personal teapot" (it also pours smoothly and is great for sharing, if you prefer to drink from a teacup). It's a small, personal pot (6 ounces), and surprise - the squat design and wide mouth suggest that the Shu Bian is a great companion for green tea. Like the Yi Li Zhu, the Shu Bian comes with its own traditional-style cloth sack.