The Exotic Teapot Blog

Amazing Tea and Teaware to wow your senses.

This is not basic black

Traditional black tea might have fallen out of the limelight and been replaced by the tantalising tisanes and interesting infusions, but the brew that built this nation must not be forgotten. We must take it out of the dusty tea bag and put it back into the teapot and drink it in the way it was intended. Doing this we will reignite the romance that drove us to distant shore in it's pursuit. Indeed, we will fall in love with it all over again. Join us in the cause to bring black back. Start your journey with our beautiful range of loose leaf black tea.

Black Tea

Ru ware for Royalty

Ru ware got it’s name from the Ruzhou territory, Henan Yu Chau, Baofeng area. Ru ware made up some of the most treasured pieces of the royal house. It came in hues ranging from Celeste blue, Pearl White and Jade Green. The colour was created by adding small amount of iron oxide to the glaze. The surface was covered in tiny cracks through which glimpses of the brown clay below could be seen. This effect was called “crazing” which is achieved by cooling the glaze quickly causing it to crack away from the clay beneath.

Ru ware was only produced for a period of approximately twenty years. And today it’s estimated there are only sixty seven pieces that survive. In 2012 one piece set a record at auction selling for a whopping HK$ 207,860,000 that’s over £20 million!

War ended the production and the art of Ru Yao was lost to history until 900 years later. In 1983 the Chinese government commissioned hundreds experts to rediscover the lost secrets of the Ru Yao technique. It took them ten years to master the art but today everyone can enjoy what was once only meant for emperors.


 Ru Ware Teapot

Tea ware fit for an Emperor : Jun Ware

Our Jun ware range is made using techniques that hark back to the time of the Northern Song Dynasty in China (960 AD -1279 AD). Originally the teaware of the Imperial Court. Jun ware came from the famouse kiln in Yuzhou, in an area called Jun Tai, hence the name Jun Yao.

No two pieces of Jun ware are alike, each piece has it’s own magic, and is given life with it’s own colours and textures. Jun ware is typically thickly glazed in bright turquoise and purple and had the effect of it melting off the golden-brown clay vessel. The unique features are created through the a combination of the quality of the clay, the raw materials and chemicals used in the glaze and the all important firing process.

These pieces were so prized that the Royal Government decreed that they were ‘Royal Treasures’ and therefore should only be used by royalty. In China they say that "Gold has a price, but Jun Yao is priceless." They are still highly prized today, in 1995, an authentic Song Jun piece was sold at auction price of HK$ 1.45 million and in 1999 another piece sold for the princely sum of HK$6 million.

Jun Ware Teapot


Flowering Tea: Brings magic to children in North Bali

One of the Exotic Teapot team, Shan Iliffe, spent a month this summer volunteering at an orphanage in Singaraja, North of Bali. Narayan Seva Children’s Home is a residence for children whose families cannot afford their education or live too far away from a school. If they still have parents they visit them once every few months but most of them are orphans.

Shan took some of the Exotic Teapot Flowering Blooms with her to show the children. She was overwhelmed by their response; ”The kids were stunned by the blooming tea, and they were cheering on when the flower opened and they also all wanted to taste the tea. One little girl called Kiiran (the girl in the pink floral dress, see photo) kept the flower, a Jasmine Fairy, to make tea over and over again for the next few days. She was only 6 years old! They were all fascinated by the flowering tea, they made me show them three times!”

For more information about the home please visit

Flowering Tea Indonesia

Did You Know?

Rooibos has a fascinating history (which you can read more about here). At one point the seeds of the Rooibos plant sold for £80 a pound and were the most expensive vegetable seeds in the world!

Have a look at our range of delicious rooibos teas:

Rooibos tea

Spin me right ‘round baby

We have a very exciting new feature on our website that we want to tell you about. You can now view our teapot designs in all their glory, a full 360 degrees. Whenever you see the 360º symbol, you can inspect the pot of your choice from every angle. So why not give it a spin...VIEW 360º


360 Gallery


Flavours of Summer: Blue Pomegranate Fruit Infusions

Pomegranate, Blueberry, Apple, Rosehip, Hibiscus, Elderberry, Cornflower and Mallow Blossom; all ingredients that conjure up the delights of the summer, no matter the time of year. Blue Pomegranate Fruit Infusions is our latest flavour to indulge your senses. This tisane can be served hot or ice cold for a refreshing summer thirst-quencher. We recommend steeping it longer as this enhances the intensity of the flavour. Enjoy!


Blue Pomegranate Infusions

Outside Teatime

We can help you celebrate #NationalAfternoonTeaWeek

You can’t have a tea party without tea -Try our range of black tea to keep it traditional or wow your guests with some of our flowering teas.


Afternoon Tea

Find the perfect teapot -  Why not enjoy your afternoon tea in one of our gorgeous new ceramic jun or ru ware teapots or if you are looking for an unusual centerpiece, a glass teapot can certainly create an impression.

Lotus Teaset

Pinkies up - Our lovely glass teacups and saucers are the ideal way to treat your guests to the full afternoon tea experience - remember no chunky mugs allowed!

Classic With Cup and Saucer


Three Terrific Teas to Toast #NationalAfternoonTeaWeek

The British apparently drink 165 million cups of tea everyday, making a total of 60.2 billion cups per year! That is why there is not just a national day celebrating afternoon tea but rather a whole week. Here are three of our favourite black teas we suggest as the perfect accompaniment to your Victoria Sponge and cucumber sandwiches;


Assam Breakfast

Assam Breakfast Tea: This high grade 2nd flush tea boasts a wiry, colourful leaf that produces a rich, malty taste with a spicy twist. Our Supreme Assam is sourced from the famous Mokalbari East Estate, one of the top tea gardens in the Assam region of India.


Darjeeling Tea 

Darjeeling:'The champagne of black teas'. Our Supreme variety is a delightfully intense Darjeeling with a delicate floral bouquet. A truly exceptional example of this tea. It is sourced from the famous and highly reputable Happy Valley tea estate and boasts a fresh, clean taste with a zesty afternote.


Earl Grey

Supreme Earl Grey:Our Supreme Earl Grey tea is an aromatic blend of the finest spicy Yunnan leaves, real blue mallow blossoms and natural Bergamot. We only use high quality leaves to ensure a rich, slightly spicy flavour. Usually enjoyed best with a little milk.

Get all three delicious teas in our triple selection box ORDER HEREBlack tea Selection Box 




It’s Tea Tasting Time at The Exotic Teapot

This must be one of our favourite times of the year, when we do what we do best and drink lots of delicious tea. We have the task of tasting the subtle, the succulent and the sublime to find the very best flavours for you. We have some enticing teas to choose from this season, so keep a lookout on our social media and we will let you know which ones we select.

Tea Tasting

Free Jasmine Fairies Bloom

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