A Tokoname yaki teapot and Japanese tea on a tray

Unveiling the Impact of Clay on Tea

The choice of clay in crafting Japanese teapots is more than just appearance; it is a subtle yet crucial factor that profoundly influences the taste and aroma of the brewed tea. As tea enthusiasts delve into the world of teaware, the nuances of different clays become apparent. Understanding the significance of clay in teapots is central to appreciating the artistry that defines our curated collection.


Mineral Content and Taste

The mineral composition of the clay plays a pivotal role in shaping the flavour profile of the brewed tea. Clays are not inert vessels; they interact dynamically with the compounds present in the tea, adding distinctive notes to the infusion. Teapots crafted from specific clays, such as the clay used in Tokoname yaki, have garnered acclaim for improving the taste of tea.

Porcelain is neutral and does not influence the taste of the tea. High iron content in clay, a characteristic often found in Tokoname yaki teapots, is renowned for its enhancing effect on certain types of tea, particularly Japanese teas. The porous nature of Tokoname yaki allows the teapot to absorb and retain traces of the tea brewed in it over time, creating a seasoned vessel that imparts depth and richness to subsequent infusions.


Impact on Aroma

Beyond taste, the choice of clay also influences the aroma of the brewed tea. Different clays release distinct mineral notes during the brewing process, contributing to the overall olfactory experience. This interplay between clay and aroma is subtle. Tea connoisseurs appreciate the added layers of complexity to the sensory journey.


Cultural Significance

The significance of clay in teapots extends beyond its functional attributes; it is deeply rooted in cultural practices. Japanese teaware, including Banko clay teapots, exemplifies this fusion of form and function. Banko clay, rich in iron, is esteemed for its heat-retention properties, ensuring a consistent brewing temperature—a crucial element in the delicate art of Japanese tea ceremonies.


Enhance your brewing experience with OKAERI

The type of clay in your teapot is far from a mere aesthetic choice. It can influence your entire experience, from brewing to tasting. At OKAERI, our curated collection of handmade Japanese ceramics includes teapots that were carefully selected to enhance our range of Japanese teas. Their delicate form reduces the agitation during the process and allows the full flavour profile of the tea to come forth.

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