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Gaiwan


A gaiwan (Chinese 盖碗, "a cup with a lid") is a traditional Chinese cup for brewing tea, which often stays in the shadow of the Chahu teapot. This position undeservedly attracts little attention, being not any worse technically, furthermore, it has a few advantages. First of those is the speed of draining, this is especially important while brewing tea grades that can become bitter if overexposed. Second, it has no nozzle - which could be cluttered by fluffy buds. Third, the scent of aetherial oils is perceived much better on a cooling porcelain lid (this is difficult to overestimate when brewing oolongs - even those which have most moderate and weak fragrance).

The gaiwan is considered to be an invention from Sichuan province. Chahu teapots are not usually used there, tea is brewed in a gaiwan and then, drunk from it. A local legend says that it was designed by  Qui Nin who was a daughter of the Governor-General of Chandu. She would put a hot cup on a wooden saucer to protect her delicate fingers from burning. This story happened during the Tan epoch. Archeological researches found out that big tea cups were already used together with a lid and a saucer in central and western regions of China during the Han dynasty. However the peculiar form of "an open flower" appeared only in the beginning of the Qin dynasty. 

Traditionally, green tea grades are brewed in a gaiwan. The little split between the edge and the lid of a gaiwan is meant for sipping hot tea. That is the way how they have been doing it in Sichuan for 500 years; brewing delicate tea buds with hot water that was slightly cooled down after boiling. However, the gaiwan is used as an alternative to the usual teapot everywhere nowadays. It is especially convenient for trying something new, an unknown grade of tea.

As far as the material is concerned, thin white porcelain Jingdezhen is the best for white, green and yellow grades, as well as for slightly fermented oolongs. Gaiwans "dehua" and "ruyao" are recommended for Zhaochou Cha, Yan Cha and red grades, and ceramic gaiwans with thick walls for Lao Cha, Hei Cha and Pu'ers. Herbal tea and phyto mixtures are best of all brewed in a glass gaiwan.

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Gaiwan # 25274 wood firing 90 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 25274, wood firing, 90 ml.

215.0 $
Gaiwan # 25273 wood firing 90 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 25273, wood firing, 90 ml.

215.0 $
Gaiwan # 25250 porcelain  hand painting 170 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 25250, porcelain, hand painting, 170 ml.

192.19 $
Gaiwan # 25249 Jingdezhen porcelain 130 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 25249, Jingdezhen porcelain, 130 ml.

118.75 $
Gaiwan # 25248 Jingdezhen porcelain hand painting 136 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 25248, Jingdezhen porcelain, hand painting, 136 ml.

118.75 $
Gaiwan # 25173 Jingdezhen porcelain hand painting 155 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 25173, Jingdezhen porcelain, hand painting, 155 ml.

60.94 $
Gaiwan # 25086 ceramic 115 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 25086, ceramic, 115 ml.

39.07 $
Gaiwan # 24757 porcelain hand painting  firing 120 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24757, porcelain, hand painting, firing, 120 ml.

382.82 $
Gaiwan # 24703 glass 180 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24703, glass, 180 ml.

23.21 $
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24703, glass, 180 ml.

23.21 $
Gaiwan # 24702 glass 170 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24702, glass, 170 ml.

23.21 $
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24702, glass, 170 ml.

23.21 $
Gaiwan # 24085 porcelain 150 ml
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Gaiwan # 24085, porcelain, 150 ml.

8.6 $
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Gaiwan # 24085, porcelain, 150 ml.

8.6 $
Gaiwan # 24084 porcelain 175 ml
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Gaiwan # 24084, porcelain, 175 ml.

8.6 $
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24084, porcelain, 175 ml.

8.6 $
Gaiwan # 24083 porcelain 110 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24083, porcelain, 110 ml.

7.82 $
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24083, porcelain, 110 ml.

7.82 $
Gaiwan  # 24082 porcelain 150 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24082, porcelain, 150 ml.

8.13 $
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24082, porcelain, 150 ml.

8.13 $
Gaiwan # 24067 porcelain 165 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24067, porcelain, 165 ml.

8.6 $
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24067, porcelain, 165 ml.

8.6 $
Gaiwan # 24066 porcelain 140 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24066, porcelain, 140 ml.

6.25 $
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24066, porcelain, 140 ml.

6.25 $
Gaiwan # 24065 porcelain 155 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24065, porcelain, 155 ml.

8.6 $
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 24065, porcelain, 155 ml.

8.6 $
Gaiwan # 22860 ceramics 100 ml
Gaiwan

Gaiwan # 22860, ceramics, 100 ml.

3.07 $




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