Glass is one of the wonders of our age, even though it’s been around for a very long time. The technology for making glass objects has advanced greatly due to our modern machine age. Thinner, stronger glass makes possible such wonderful objects as teapots, gaiwans, and steeping glasses that can enhance your tea enjoyment.
Here are 5 examples of how this is so:
1 Getting the Steep Right
Glass takes the guesswork out of steeping some of the more delicate teas. You can watch the leaves expand and the water absorb their essence and change color. Stopping the steeping at the right time can be determined by that color, so being able to see it can be important.
|Glass lets you see the true color of your tea!|
2 Enjoying the Show
Of course, you can get quite entertained and even mesmerized by this show as the tea leaves swell. Or you can steep on of those fancy “blooming” teas that open up into a sort of flower shape as they infuse.
3 Keeping the Taste Pure
Some materials, especially metals, that teapots are made from can taint the taste of the tea. Glass won’t do this but will keep the tea taste pure.
|This double-layer glass pitcher keeps the tea hot and your hand cool!|
|Glass is almost limitless for teawares|
4 Practical Features
Some of these are: double-walled to insulate, heat resistant, and tempered to help prevent shattering.
5 Endless Variety
From 100cc gaiwans to 6-cup teapots, from thick-sided to thin-sided, from short and squat to tall and thin, and everything else you can imagine, the shape of glass teawares seems limited by the glassmaker’s skill and the glass. As wonderful and versatile as glass is, it does have limitations, such as not being able to be too thin.
Add a glass gaiwan, teacup, mug, teapot or other item to your tea arsenal and expand your tea horizons!