Authentic, beautiful cast iron teapot made in Morioka Japan with great skill & craftsmanship, using an over hundred year old tradition.
Makes a wonderful special occasion wedding, birthday or graduation gift as well as a beautiful addition to your home or office.
This item is SOLD OUT. We are doing our best during a uniquely challenging time & appreciate your patience & support.
Due to safety concerns around Covid-19 we are not accepting any returns or exchanges at the store. All goods purchased at this time are considered a FINAL SALE.
The manufacture process for each teapot entails up to 68 painstaking steps, still performed by hand, & overseen by a craftsman who after 30-40 years of excellence & demonstrated skill can earn the title of “master”.
advantages of authentic cast iron
In addition to the beautiful & unique patterns that add beauty to your home or office decor, the advantages of a well-made, authentic cast iron teapot are:
- your tea stays hot for longer (because it retains heat longer than a regular teapot) - built-in fine mesh stainless steel tea strainer makes brewing loose tea very convenient
- if care instructions are properly followed, this teapot can be enjoyed for very many years. See below for how to care for this exquisite item.
- the interior is glazed with a special porcelain enamel ensuring the iron part of the teapot does not react with the tea leaves, & allows the tea’s full flavour to be experienced. While a cast iron kettle is suitable for boiling water, it is not suitable for making tea as the iron would react with the tea & negatively impact the tea’s taste. Without the porcelain enamel glaze, this teapot would not be suitable for brewing tea. In Japan, cast iron kettles which are larger than the teapots, & not glazed with porcelain enamel are used for the Japanese Tea Ceremony, but these are different from the teapots, which is what this item is. Do not use this teapot as a kettle, which is not a purpose it was manufactured for.
Beware of counterfeit cast iron teapots which are not made using the same high quality standards & may not be food safe. Things to look out for? The finishes & designs of our authentic teapots are extremely well & beautifully made, the interior porcelain glaze has a bright shine & depth to it, the exterior colour finishes are expertly & evenly applied, & the teapot itself has an elegance & refinement in the finish that counterfeits can’t usually quite match when you examine the finer details. Also, if the price seems “too good to be true” then it is likely to be a counterfeit as this teaware is made using very high quality materials & is labour intensive to produce, so it is unlikely to be offered at highly discounted prices.
Your authentic teapot can have a very long life, provided these steps are carefully followed.
Before using your teapot for the first time:
- thoroughly rinse teapot with boiling water
- while pot is still warm, dry inside and out with a clean, dry cloth
- leave teapot to sit (lid off) for a while afterwards so the inside is well aired
When using your cast iron teapot:
- this teapot is designed for use as a teapot only - never as a kettle.
- never heat on a stove, over an open flame, or leave on a heated surface. It will cause the porcelain enamel to be destroyed & compromise the teapot’s structural integrity.
- do not use in microwave
- hand wash only using hot water and a gentle, soft, non-abrasive cloth. Never use a scrubber, abrasive cloth or device that could scratch the glaze. Do not place in dishwasher or use any dishwashing detergent to clean teapot
– use clean, hot water ONLY to wash
- do not leave tea or water in the teapot for longer than an hour or so. Always dry thoroughly after each use. Otherwise it may cause rust, or cause the porcelain enamel interior glaze to break down.
- after each use thoroughly rinse with hot water to remove any leftover liquid tea residue (which can cause the interior enamel lining to break down over time)
- after each use, always wipe exterior with a dry cloth while pot is still warm
- avoid contact with salt or oil
- never suddenly cool teapot when it is still warm
Pour 2 cups of water over 1 tsp. of SILK ROAD premium quality, organic loose tea. This may not seem like a lot of tea but SILK ROAD teas are incredibly fresh & flavourful, which means that you don’t need very much in order to produce a delicious cup of tea. Using any more tea leaves can result in a cup of tea that is too strong.
- herbal tea bring water to a full, rolling boil | steep 7-10 minutes
- wellness tea bring water to a full, rolling boil | cover & steep 7-10 minutes
- green tea bring water to just before the boil begins | steep 1-3 minutes
- black tea bring water to a full, rolling boil | steep 2-5 minutes
- white tea bring water to just before the boil begins | steep 3-5 minutes
- oolong tea bring water to the boil | steep 5-7 minutes
Loose teas are sold in refillable tins to preserve the tea’s superb flavour, freshness and nutrients. Normally, we encourage you to bring your empty tins into our shops to refill. However, this is currently on pause due to Covid-19. We’re delighted to offer another eco-friendly, low-waste way to re-use your tins!
Brown bag refills are available when you purchase tea in-store and online. Simply select “refill” to receive your tea in a brown bag refill. Immediately transfer the tea to the original tin it came in, once the brown bag refill is home or has arrived in the mail. Brown bags are 100% recyclable, compostable, biodegradable and made of post-consumer recycled paper.
CAN I STORE TEA IN THE BROWN BAG REFILL? No, it is a short term method for transport only and is not suitable for storing. It will not maintain tea’s freshness, nutrients and flavour. It does not protect against exposure to air, liquid or moisture. Air exposure causes nutrient & flavour loss; liquid/moisture causes tea to mildew. As soon as you get home from the shop, or when it arrives in the mail, transfer tea immediately into Silk Road tins - they are designed to preserve the tea.
ABOUT TEA SIZES Refer to the above chart - our loose teas are sold by volume, not weight.