Recently, I have been seeing Gaiwan’s used more and more. Plus, I see more Gaiwans available for purchase in retail stores and online. All of the sudden I see them popping up everywhere. It is this reason I had decided to find out, “why all the rage?” Maybe I am missing out on something? Clearly, the way I went about using my little 2-sided Gaiwan, flowers on one side, writing on the other was probably wrong. How could it be so many enjoy using theirs and not me. So rather than blaming myself, I decided perhaps it was the Gaiwan. Good old fashioned blame someone or something else. (I know it was me)
There I was back in the market to purchase new tea ware. Imagine my excitement. I love buying new tea ware. Heck, I love buying anything tea. Clearly I am a fanatic with slight obsessive compulsiveness towards tea. I am sure none of you could relate. Tea-he.
I purchase the ones you see here. One has a dragon pattern and the other a crane. These are larger than my original one and the material it is made from is much thicker and clearly sturdier. I feel with these I can make a good cup of tea. Best part… I don’t burn my fingers.
Anyway, I know I am just blathering on about how cool my new tea ware is and I know your jealous, perfectly understandable but I promise there is a purpose to my back story.
I now understand why people love their Gaiwans… They produce amazing results! The teas I have tried so far are a Ben Shan and a Milk Oolong. Both of these I enjoy making in my traditional fashion and would have never complained about the flavor. After preparing it in my new pieces I feel like I am experiencing these teas in a new light. I can’t believe these could taste better than the best. I am not certain what magic these Gaiwans possess and I am certain I don’t care. Although, I am almost certain it has something to do with the shorter infusions.
I promise you from now on I will be frequently including the use of Gaiwans when preparing teas. I encourage everyone to give it a try. Plus, when you start working on your technique you will find a way that best works for you. You will no longer burn your fingers and experience little to no spilling. I can’t wait to invest in some more accouterments for the complete Kung Fu experience and report back.
Two thumbs ups for Gaiwans, I’m just sorry I was so late to the party. Fashionably late I hope.