I would like to wish my readers a Merry Christmas!
I am sure that you have opened your Christmas presents and smiling over your latest gifts. I bought myself an Nambu Tekki tetsubin kettle for myself. Come to think of it, I am have been too generous in gifting presents to myself.
This is the famous Japanese tetsubin produced under the "Nambu Tekki" brand. The sticker on the underside of the lid as well as the mold brand on the kettle will help buyers determine the authencity of this Nambu kettle. 'Nambu' literally means south region. Nambu iron ware are produced in the Iwate prefecture in Japan. Such iron ware are very popular in Japan and now abroad, due to the traditional hand making techniques used to make such wares.
The kettle I purchased is a smaller version compared to my previous tetsubin purchases (link). This newest purchase can hold about 350-400ml of water. I intend to use it for brewing tea in smaller teapots.
I like to warn readers that if you are intending to use or buy a tetsubin kettle, you have to really take good care of it as it may gather rust if not dried out properly after use. I had purchased a much bigger tetsubin but I have rust issues with it. I would appreciate if there are any readers out there that can suggest ways to help me resolve my slightly rusty tetsubin.
Why a tetsubin kettle? Many serious tea drinkers I know attest to the softness of the water when the water is boiled in a tetsubin. I do think (hopefully not imagining) that I detected the water taste a wee bit different. Aesthetically, having a tetsubin in a tea brewing setup is very pleasing to the eye and it does make a tea session more elaborated than it seems.