A special TeaDB episode on Tea Basics! Episode 41 covering all about gaiwans. Denny and James cover how-to-use, different materials as well as some more advanced concepts on gaiwan use.
Gaiwans! Tea Basics [Episode 41]
9 responses to “Gaiwans! Tea Basics [Episode 41]”
Great episode, gents! I look forward to the next one on greens. (What about puers, though?)
I only use a glass gaiwan, as I love to see the leaves expand and the water change colour. My fingers rarely get burned, though, as I use four fingers under the saucer and my thumb on the top of the lid. Unorthodox, I know, but it works well for me.
How important is the seal between the lid and the bowl when brewing? Should the lid and bowl fit perfectly, or can I achieve the same result with a water seal around the lid?
Lastly, what do you think about Teavivre and their teas?
I just started getting in to using a gaiwan and I have to say that your videos have helped me so much! I’ve been using an yixing for about 2 months for my Big Red Robe Oolong, and I wanted to try some new teas. My problem there is that I only had one my yixing that I had committed to oolong. I was having tea with a friend and he brought his gaiwan and the experience was wonderful. I recently discovered your channel on YouTube through that friend who watches your videos. Since then, I’ve watched probably 20 videos in the last 24 hours. All of your videos are so informative and helpful, even if you’re simply reviewing a new tea. Keep up the videos and keep spreading the message of tea.
Again, thank you for your videos; they’re wonderful!
Hi James and Denny
Just wanted to capture your thoughts on Gaiwan maintenance as I tend to only rinse and wipe out between brewing sessions. I have had some comment that as most Gaiwans are ceramic,unless they are antique, washing them with detergents isn’t a problem as they don’t obviously absorb solutes in the same ways as clay or other vessels. Interestingly though in many of the sessions I have with northern chinese folk I’ve seen Gaiwans just be drained and air dried upside down between sessions. I ponder whether there is some subtle cultural differences around Gaiwan maintainence or whether its entirely a personal development. I have a few glass teaware vessels and similiarly do the same.
Awesome channel/site! I just recently started being drawn towards drinking/tasting good teas and I have a question:
When you test/taste teas how big of a gaiwan/tea cups (in ml) should be for 2 persons?