I managed to buy a Ni Xing tea set. No typo. It is Ni Xing clay. This Chinese clay is from the Guangxi region and this clay a popular clay for making ceramics pottery. This clay comes in a spectrum of colours from dark brown to light red. This clay is not so popular or as pricey as the famed Yixing Clay. I guess is that Ni Xing clay looks more muddy in colour so perhaps less appealing to the eye.
I do not own any Ni Xing tea ware till now. It was my good friend Su from Ipoh that told me to get a Ni Xing tea pot. In her words; "Once you use, you will fall in love. Especially if you brew a lot of old tea. New sheng don't brew up so well but old teas are fantastic, steeped in good well seasoned teapot".
I had been looking for a ni xing teapot for a few months and was over the moon when I saw this unused set. I was told this set was made in the late 90s. Notice the set came with 4 cups and a covered pot / container. This container could act as a tea tray for tea waste bowl as well. This workmanship appears rough to me but I am not complaining.
Time to season the teapot and cups. I am using an old traditional seasoning style
a) Wash teapot and cups under running water. Place teapot and cups in a large pot of water and low boil for 30 min. When water has cooled, rinse teapot and cups well.
b) brew tea in teapot. 5-6 infusions. Do not drink and discard the tea. Wash and air dry the teapot.
c). The teapot is ready
I look forward to my 1st tea session with this Ni Xing teapot this Christmas holidays.