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Unique Japanese Iron Cast Teapots as a gift

Updated on September 12, 2014

Stylish Japanese iron teapots for daily use.

If you ever want to give a special tea gift, those Japanese iron teapots and cups did it for me. The Iwachu Japanese Iron Cast Teapots decorated with Tetsubin Gold and Cinnabar Goldfish is a beauty and gives you tranquility and peace of mind. It gives your daily cup o tea more personality and beauty. Beauty in itself together with the scent of fresh tea gives a moment of rest between the hectic hours of the day. For me the teapot is a centerpiece on the kitchen table, not something to be put away in a cupboard. But it's one of those Japanese Tetsubin teapots to be seen with.

Whatever tea sets you may possess I'm sure the Iwachu Japanese Iron Teapot will make good friends with them.

Iwachu Japanese Iron Teapot Tetsubin Turquoise Goldfish

Japanese Tetsubin from Meiji period, c. 1868-1912
Japanese Tetsubin from Meiji period, c. 1868-1912

Iwachu Japanese Iron Teapot Tetsubin Gold and Cinnabar Goldfish

oriental japanese teapots

Tetsubin: A Japanese Waterkettle (or iron teapots) evolved from larger teapots used centuries ago. These where used to heat the water for tea and thus providing warmth to the household during the winter.

The goldfish used in this original Iwachu design stands for good fortune and luck. Iwachu is one of the finest manufacturers of Japanese iron teapots. The company is over a 100 years old and holds tradition high. Today, craftsmen at Iwachu pay respect to this tradition by infusing each product with skilled precision and detail throughout the entire manufacturing process. The superior quality, beauty, and lasting durability of Iwachu tea pots and cups have earned them the worldwide reputation as the leading manufacturer of authentic Japanese Tetsubin.

Tetsubin the Japanese name for iron cast pots are often decorated with reliefs and designs on the outside. They range widely in size, and many have unusual shapes, like bells or are in an angular shape, making them popular with collectors. Some Tetsubin teapots are easily sold for a $2500.

The designs may differ, from abstract patterns to symbols or drawings. You find them as well in many different colors, depending on the Japanese tea sets.

The advantage of an iron teapot is that Cast iron teapots evenly distribute the heat throughout the pot for a more even temperature, which does a better job of extracting the flavors and health benefits from the tea leaves.

The best is to use pure water, we've got a spa close, so I take my water straight from the mountains, but if that's not possible, go for the nearest thing possible. It makes a difference in the flavour of the tea.

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Make your own herbal tea with a teastick

Handy tool for making your own tea infusions

A functional everyday item made even more beautiful by simple and smart design, this teastick is made of stainless steel and plastic and features a spring mechanism that reveals a drawer for tea leaves. Place the tea stick in a cup of hot water and let the tea steep through the tiny holes at the bottom. Easy to use and easy to clean. Made in China.

Japanese tea sets - Japanese Cast iron Teapot Cup Set

Aztec Tetsubin Cast Iron Teapot with Trivet, 40 Oz Capacity - Japanese iron cast teapot with trivet

The beautiful Tesubin cast iron teapot has a capacity of 40 ounce and comes with a matching trivet. The elegant sienna colored teapot comes with a stainless steel meash strainer insert. So it's eassy to remove the tea leaves after steeping. The inside of the Japanese tetsubin teapot is lined with porcelain enamel.

Japanese Tetsubin Cast Iron 40 oz Aztec Teapot
Japanese Tetsubin Cast Iron 40 oz Aztec Teapot

The Teapot is easy to clean (simply wipe out with soft cloth and water, then dry it and it's ready). The tetsubin is also easy to use. If you want to get the most out of it, simply put hot water in the teapot first. Warm the pot and then brew your favorite tea. The decoration of the teapot is elegant and simple, just like it should be.

 

Amazon reviews for Japanese Iron teapots

tetsubin teapot review

This review is from: Iwachu Japanese Iron Teapot Tetsubin Silver and Black Goldfish (Kitchen).

The price and quality of this teapot may mean its greatest appeal is to collectors and folks who like decorative things. I'm not a teapot collector, but I've acquired a few just from trying to find one that works best for me. Although a long time tea drinker, I only recently got interested in cast iron after a visit to a local Thai restaurant where we were served tea in a cast iron pot. It seemed the pot kept the tea hotter for far longer than my ceramic ones at home, and I found the heavier weight easier to handle, if that makes any sense.

After receiving this teapot I tested it along with a quality ceramic pot of similar size and shape, to see if my previous impression held true. The ceramic pot kept the water just as warm as this teapot. I tested them twice, once with cups poured out at half hour intervals and once after the teapots were filled with boiling water and left to sit on the counter top for an hour and a half. I didn't use a thermometer, but if the cast iron pot kept the water hotter, then the difference was negligible. I should note that another ceramic pot I tested did not keep the water quite as warm as this pot or the other one. Realistically, unless you don't mind lukewarm tea, you'll want to empty the pot well before an hour or so is up. It's a small sample size, but cast iron teapots probably do not keep tea hotter for longer periods than ceramic ones.

This is just one of the reviews made at Amazon, this one is written by Mike R. -

Here you can read the other tetsubin teapot reviews

Casting tetsubin kettles - Japanese Tea Kettles

Old Dutch cast-iron quality teapots

stainless steel iron Tetsubin teapot by Old Dutch

Traditionally Japanese iron teapots, known as Tetsubin, where used to boil water as well as to brew tea. But the Old Dutch Nobility cast iron teapot is just ment for brewing, not for boiling on the stove. Old Dutch teapots uses a black enamel coating inside the teapot to prevent rusting. Unlike ceramic teapots, the cast iron teapots retains the heat for a long time and won't chip.

After you've used the Tetsubin teapot the best thing to do is to rinse it and dry before storing.

Blue cast iron teapot

Blue  cast iron teapot
Blue cast iron teapot

At the moment I drink a lot of tea made from fresh Lemon Verbena leaves. Any other suggestions ?

Any favorite tea I should try ?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really like Japoneses certain teapots and your choice here is wonderful. A wonderful teapot tells one that creating here we are at tea is more than an act of quenching actual desire. I discover out that PIJ provides one of these. Requested to them! Im satisfied.http://bit.ly/iwachu

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love antiques and I love cast iron so these tea kettles stir my heart. I really enjoyed my visit your tea pot lenses are wonderful.

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      @kathysart: yes, the Asian countries do have amazing decoration; tables, chairs and in this case teapots. All neatly finished. For the tea, we have a great lemon verbena shrub in the garden which makes a lovely tea. Thanks for the blessing.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      My husband drinks green tea everyday and has for years. He has a cute little Japanese tea pot that he uses. We both adore Asian things and decorate our house in Asian. There is something so soothing about it. Blessed lens.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Thanks, Yes, I myself love the purple one with the goldfishes. I don't know why, it gives me comfort I guess. Just drinking a cuppa myself at the moment ;-)

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I love Japanese cast iron teapots and your selection here is exquisite. A beautiful teapot reminds one that making time for tea is more than an act of quenching physical thirst. I'm in the market for a new teapot and this collection is certainly at the top of my list. Thanks!