Cast iron teapots and kettles are some of the oldest types of kettles in existence. The material makes them a popular choice both with manufacturers and tea-lovers as it is non-toxic, able to retain heat well and can be moulded into any number of different shapes.
Unlike more traditional teapots made of clay or china, cast iron can take its shape using a mould – rather than being reliant on potters. This makes for a much greater choice of shape and size. Creating patterns and adding colours is also relatively straightforward, so the variety of cast iron teapots available means there’s something to suit every taste.
Many cast iron teapots can be used as both a teapot and a kettle. Those with a gas or wood-burning stove can enjoy tea freshly boiled on the stove, which always goes down well when entertaining.
The teapot itself keeps water hotter for much longer; the cast iron is less conductive than other traditional teapot materials so your tea will hold the heat far longer.
Cast iron has a rightful reputation as being a hardwearing material – often used for garden furniture, but the inside of a cast iron teapot is coated with enamel, so even with regular use your teapot will keep making a great brew.
Cast iron teapots are actually designed so heat is evenly distributed throughout the pot. This means the flavour is extracted from the tea better. When using them as a kettle the water boiled has an elegant crisp, smooth and sweet taste – none of that plastic kettle, lime scale taste - helping bring out the real flavour of the tea.