We are no longer able to provide the Wabi-Iki black shiboridashi pot and the water cooler.
I have mentioned that it was going to be available around summer in 2017. However, it turned out that the potter is no longer produce the black ceramic. In the process of baking black ceramic, it generates a lot of smoky smell. It cause annoyance to the general public living in the vicinity. Therefore, the potter decided to stop producing the black ceramic.
I’m sorry for any inconvenience.
Shiboridashi is a specialized teapot for gyokuro or premium sencha. It is a palm-sized pot without a handle, which is suitable for brewing tea with a small amount of lukewarm water. Shiboridashi doesn’t have a strainer either, so when pouring the tea, you slowly tilt the pot and let go of the brew through the aperture between the lid and body. It is definitely an ideal tool to brew premium leaves gently and calmly.
Yakishime; Secret for Good Tasting Tea
Yakishime is a type of ceramics which is baked in high temperature without any glaze. Tokoname, Aichi is a well-known region for producing this type of teapot. Yakishime can brew better tasting tea than porcelain, glass or aluminum teapots. The tea brewed in the unglazed pot gets mellow and has rich flavors with mouth-filling umami. It is said that the clay adsorbs the bitter taste, so it provides a pleasing rounded flavor. *In a survey with about 2000 respondents, 85% of the respondents actually opined that the tea prepared with a non-glazed teapot is more delicious.
*Salon No.37, Japanese Tea Instructor Association, 2011
Nowadays, most of Tokoname pots are made of ready-made clay. However, the clay used in this product is made in a traditional method. The potter makes it from raw materials by elutriation which is different from making it by milling. He just agitates and strains the muddy clay in the morning and evening every day for a few months. It creates the fine texture. He dries it out in unglazed bins and on the shelves for another few months. We asked him why he puts so much time and effort. What is the difference from the ready-made clay? He answered with a smile “Well, I don’t think there is much difference, but people say that tea gets delicious.” He might be right. It might look the same, but the precious earth helps on brewing exquisite-tasting tea and provides people a sense of contentment.
Ultimate Simplicity for Your Gyokuro
This pot has no handle, no strainer, or no glaze applied. It just consists of clay with minimal structure. Since it is that simple, we wanted to dwell on the material. We wanted to make it even simpler in design and did not put any fancy patterns or decorations. Therefore, you can genuinely appreciate the texture of the special clay. The simple design and the classic material are sincerely for you to savor a noble cup of tea serenely.
Yuzamashi Water Cooler
It is said that it's better to use boiled water for brewing delicious tea. You can take out the chlorine smell of the tap water by boiling. Controlling water temperature is absolutely crucial for Japanese tea. People often do it by transferring the boiled water from vessel to vessel, which can be the pot and cups. Yuzamashi is an additional vessel to cool it down faster. Having yuzamashi makes your tea preparation much smarter.
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