Friday, November 26, 2010

The Castle Cairn "Tilting Teapot"


The Castle Cairn "Tilting Teapot" has been replicated by the owners of a shop that the owners call by the same name. According to information they share, in 1905 the Scottish Earl of Dundonald invented a "tilting teapot" for the optimum brewing of loose-leaf teas. The good Earl christened it the SYP teapot, which he said stood for "Simple. . .yet perfect".

The teapot is made so that it can stand 'tipped' or in an upright position. A small infusion shelf is about 3/4 of the way to the top. When filled with hot water, the teapot is then laid in the 'tipping' position, steeping the tea leaves on the infusion shelf that acts as a dam, thus preventing the leaves from floating into the majority of the hot water below. After infusing, the teapot is tilted back on it's base and left to drain for a minute or two. It's then ready to pour and enjoy. The tea leaves stay on the infusion tray, ready for second pot? A second infusion can be gained by simply pouring more hot water.  
What's in your teapot today?

9 comments:

  1. I have a similar teapot. Is that Tuppence? Is here shop still open? When I drove by it earlier this fall there was a for sale sign. Just curious what she is up to.

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  2. Last I knew Tuppence was closing their shop and were selling only online. But this morning I tried their website and it is closed and I couldn't find an updated link anywhere. That's too bad --- the teapots are really neat. Maybe a reader will know of a similar teapot or if Tuppence is still around.

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    1. Hello, you can purchase the titling teapot from Ronnefelftteausa.com. Please follow this link: http://www.ronnefeldtteausa.com/collections/surprise/products/ronnefeldt-tilting-teapot-0-4l

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  3. What a lovely header. The tilting teapot is lovely!

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  4. Rather ingenious I'd say. Wish that I'd had something in my tea pot because I'm certain that it would've been more satisfying than the glass of soda I had.

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  5. An interesting teapot! At the moment there is nothing in my teapot but I'm certain there will be something wonderful there before long. Perhaps Paris or Fez, a 'new-to-me' favorite.
    ~Adrienne~

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  6. I just love SYP teapots. Have never seen one in person, always in magazines or on the web. Thanks for the pic and article.

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  7. No teapot here :( but so far today I've enjoyed a cup each of Irish Breakfast Tea with honey, Pomegranate Pizzazz (Bigelow) & Nutcracker Sweet (Celestial Seasonings). There may still be a cup of Candy Cane Lane (Celestial Seasonings) in my future today & there will definitely be another cup of Nutcracker Sweet (my favorite) to close out the day.

    I'm still searching for a tea pot to suit my eclectic, non-traditional personality! The tilting pot is close.

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  8. Has their online store ceased too! I loved their Lady Gray tea. It was the best. I also liked their Dreams of Fruit and the one with Kiwi in it. SO sad. I usually buy a bunch when I order. So, it has been a while!

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