• by vinux

At a tea ceremony or tea gathering, you often encounter two kinds of utensils: a purple sand pot and a porcelain lid bowl. The purple sand pot is often likened to an automatic transmission car while the lid bowl is like a manual transmission car. Why so? It is because many people find that holding the lid bowl will burn their hands when making tea, while few people would find that to be true with the purple sand pot. Therefore, in practice it is usually recommended to start with the porcelain lid bowl.

The ancients said that water passes through sand and becomes sweet. The inner wall of a purple-clay teapot is relatively rough, made of cinnabar or other mineral muds. Due to the rough inner wall, the purple-clay teapot can enhance the soup taste of the tea soup, making it more mellow, sweet and smooth. But it has one disadvantage, because the pot of the purple-clay teapot has not been fired at a high temperature, so it does not have glaze like porcelain, and its pores are relatively large and easy to absorb the aroma of tea leaves, thus reducing its fragrance.

Let’s take a look at the features of porcelain lidded bowl. The porcelain lidded bowl is made of kaolin and has a layer of glaze on the surface after being fired at high temperature. Whether it is an electric kiln, gas kiln or traditional wood-fired kiln, after 1300 degrees of high temperature firing, its glaze almost has no gap, so it will not absorb smell, so the porcelain lidded bowl can well gather the aroma of tea leaves. But it also has its defects, the tea soup brewed in porcelain lidded bowl is not as mellow and sweet as that brewed in purple sand pot, and its tea soup is slightly thin. Therefore, various teaware have their own advantages and disadvantages: fragrant with weak water or mellow with strong water.