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The Tsubame city (燕市） in Niigata Prefecture (新潟県） produces traditional hand-craft called Tsuiki-Doki. Tsuiki-doki means the “hammered” copper ware in English.
The tsuiki-doki includes not only tea equipment but also sake equipment, flower vase and many other accessories. The artist beats the plate and forms it into the desired shape of particular equipment. Normally, the copper plate is laminated with tin. At the moment, the brands that HOJO is introducing are using liner made of 99.99% tin. In fact, they were not using 99.99% tin in the old days. Once upon a time people concerned about the lead in tin and this has affected the Tsuiki-doki industry. Since then, most of manufacturers had stopped using ordinary tin and swtiched to 99.99% tin.
The color of the surface of copper ware is created by the fire. Depending on the oxygen level during firing process, it creates different colors. The copper teapot comes with filter that enables efficient filtration of most type of tea leaves.
There are 3 main reasons why HOJO like to introduce this equipment.
With this copper teapot, the internal tin liner which made of 99.99% of tin significantly improves the intensity of flavor and the depth of after taste. It gives a very clean taste with smooth and “silky” mouthfeel. After you have drunk the tea, it does not leave your mouth feeling dry or astringent; instead it gives a lingering after taste that is complex and evolving.
This teapot is suitable for most types of tea, unless you are a person who may not like to enjoy strong after taste.
It is known that to select a matching tea pot for Phoenix Dan Cong and Wuyi oolong is very difficult, in particular the Phoenix Dan Cong oolong that is produced from very old tea tree. In our lineups, there are a number of clays that does not get along with this tea.
Nevertheless, we found that this copper teapot is one of the exceptions (besides Gisui Tokoname Red Clay and Ken Sado Red Clay) that can go well with Phoenix Dan Cong oolong and Wuyi oolong. It gives a strong after taste with lingering sweetness that lasts for a long time.
This tsuiki-doki copper teapot also shows great affinity with Puerh tea, not to mention about green tea and Taiwan oolong.
One of the difficulties that I encountered when using tetsubin is that different brands of tetsubin has different affinities with different types of clay. As for tsuiki-doki teapot, it goes well with both Kunzan and Suzuki Morihisa tetsubin. In particular, the combination between this teapot and Kunzan tetsubin gives a very smooth after taste.
HOJO is currently supplying the brand called Seiho-Do. This brand is ran by only one artist whose age is over 70 years old. Due to no successor, the delivery takes sometime if stock is not available in our inventory.
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Various choice of shipping method
EMS, SAL, Small Packet, Small Packet (SAL) Yamato Express and Surface
For shipping tea, we usually suggest small air parcel, the estimated shipping cost of tea in 100g (with wrapping material ) is
USA JPY 600, EU JPY600 and Asia JPY470
Small Packet (SAL)
USA JPY380, EU JPY380 and Asia JPY320
The shipping fee to oversea by small air parcel happens to be even cheaper than domestic shipping fee in Japan.
For your information, some countries, EU in particular imposes custom duty. We need buyer to bare the duty. We are sorry, but we cannot change the amount on the invoice, and we do not mark any packages as gifts. We will strictly follow the custom regulation.