My lovely wife recently gave me a very cool Tetsubin teapot as a birthday present. A recent visit to Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco got me back into drinking good quality loose tea. When I first left home at 16 to live in Glasgow my apartment was in Chinatown so I pretty much survived on Green tea and stir fry cooking.
Cast iron teapots were originally created in ancient china. They were then adopted and developed by the Japanese in the 17 century into practical as well as decorative handicraft items sold under the name of Tetsubin. The cast iron tea pots symbolize the everlasting strength and unity of the world and the more intricate are often given as gifts and kept as status symbols. Click here to get your Tetsubin teapot.