Fashionably Late To The Gaiwan Party?

As many of you know I just purchased two new Gaiwans.  I already had one but it was small and the material it is made of  a bit thin causing me to burn my fingers more than I’d prefer.   I actually stopped using my Gaiwan mostly because it was a bit cumbersome for me.  I am the type of person that must see tea making as more of a calming process.  If the process becomes complicated, daunting, or just flat out annoying I usually just go back to the methods I am most comfortable with.

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.

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7 Responses

  1. Well done on some gorgeous purchases. It took me a long-arse time to hop on the gaiwan bandwagon…but I haven’t looked back since. It’s the ONLY way to drink oolong with style.

  2. Jackie says:

    Beautiful pieces of teaware Rachel. I’ve become more interested (again) in Gaiwans too. While I have sipped out of them, we don’t own any at the moment. I’ve been wanting to add them to our tea cupboard for a while. Looking forward to seeing them at our next hangout too.

  3. I’ll drink good tea out of a hessian sack if necessary, but I do love nice teaware.
    The obvious point is, though, exactly how much burning of your fingers do you prefer? Is there some sort of scale?

  4. Xavier says:

    “I’m just sorry I was so late to the party.”

    Don’t. I am even later than you.

  5. Yogini Undefined says:

    Great post! Those are beautiful pieces. I too love to shop for anything tea related. I’m really late to the party too, so not to worry. I’ve been wanting to get one myself, and see what I’m missing 🙂

  6. @xavier Well,if I ever have an actual Gaiwan party you are invited as is everyone else. Consider this your official invitation. Now you won’t be late to my Gaiwan party. Just being silly. 🙂

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