2 July 2018
Xin Yi (Yi China) is a city in China, the famous for its remarkable clay, called by the Chinese “red clay” because of the brown oval key when it heats up.
Clay Xin Yi has a particularly high level of iron and silicon, which give it characteristics Which make it much better than other clay jars:
– First, it does not shrink and therefore the jars do not change their shape during heating, allowing control over the formation of jars.
Second, it has large pores, which is excellent for the oxidation of tea and also allows for better absorption of fragrances than other tools.
– Finally, the jar Yi Yi will not burn in the hands will not explode when it passes heat source.
It was under the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that the Chinese began to use this clay to make jars, at the same time that infusions became popular. First, all the tanks were very large, and then realised that small jars are better for preserving and releasing aromas, which explains why some yixin jars are made of a size suitable only for two cups.
There are several rules to follow to prepare tea in a yin shin jar :
– Do not brew too many different kinds of tea in the same jar; Strong tea will leave a dominant flavor that will blend with the taste of another tea, if it is less strong.
– The first tea is reserved for the jar itself: a jar that has never been used will absorb a lot during the first decision. The clay will affect the taste of the first decision, so it is better not to drink it but to “give it to the jar.”
– Very important – Never use any kind of detergent, the jar will absorb their taste.