White Gaiwan - 4 oz

White Gaiwan - 4 oz

17.80

A gaiwan is one of the most ancient and effective tea steeping vessels. The body, or wan, means bowl, and evolved from a simple bowl used originally to hold powdered tea. The large, open shape allows the leaves to expand and release their full potential of aromas and flavors. The lid, or gai, means to cover, and is essential as a strainer; tilted back, it allows the infusion to be decanted while holding back the tea leaves.

Gaiwans come in many shapes and sizes, some for serving, some for drinking directly. Most are made of non-porous glazed porcelain or bone china, to effectively steep any type of tea without taking on any aroma. The fluted edge of the bowl stays cool, enabling one to grasp the bowl and pour. This simple white ceramic version, which holds 4 oz, is ideal for everyday tea drinking or for more formal gongfu cha style service.

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