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Pu’er tea is a type of fermented post-fermented Chinese tea. It is typically brewed using special equipment, such as an unglazed clay teapot, gaiwan (lidded bowl), chahai (tea-pouring vessel) and chashi (tea tray). The teapot should be unglazed so that the flavor of the Pu’er tea can be enhanced by heat absorption from the pot. The gaiwan should have a lid with air vents and a wide opening for easy pouring. The chahai can also be made out of clay or porcelain, and its narrow spout enables precise control for pouring tea. Lastly, a chashi is used to collect any excess drips from the teapot or gaiwan.
What tea utensils are used to brew Pu’er tea? The editor today will introduce several commonly used tea utensils, hoping to help tea drinkers choose the right one.

The first kind, purple sand pot (best): Due to the fact that Pu’er ripe tea is suitable for using high temperature to awaken tea leaves and extract tea substances, and its good air permeability and good heat preservation, purple sand pot is chosen as the best for brewing.

Benefit 1: Brewing tea with a purple clay teapot does not lose its original flavor and the aroma does not dissipate.

Purple sand is a porous material with dual pore structure. Its pores are fine and the density is high. Making tea with a purple sand teapot, the original flavor will not be lost and the fragrance will not dissipate quickly, capturing the true flavor of tea.

Benefit 2: Tea brewed in a purple-clay teapot does not easily lose its flavor.

The purple sand pot has good air permeability, making it difficult for the tea to go bad when used. In hot summer days, it does not get musty even if left unused for a long time. Simply fill it with boiling water and pour it out immediately before soaking in cold water to clean it, then the vitality of the pot can be restored, and the tea will still taste original.

Benefit 3: Brewing tea with a purple clay teapot produces no odd smells.

The purple sand pot can absorb tea juice, and the interior walls of the pot do not need to be brushed. It is odorless when making tea. After long-term use of the purple sand pot, “tea rust” accumulates on the walls of the pot. Even when boiling water is poured into an empty pot, it will emit a fragrant aroma. This is related to the certain porosity of the material in the purple sand pot and is a unique quality of the purple sand pot.

Benefit 4: Good thermal shock resistance when using purple clay teapot to brew tea with hot or cold water.

The purple sand pot has good cold and hot sudden change performance. In the cold winter and previous months, if boiling water is poured into the pot, it absolutely won’t burst due to temperature changes. At the same time, the sandy texture conducts heat slowly, so when you hold it after making tea you won’t be scalded. Furthermore, it can also be placed on a low fire for heating without cracking due to heat.

The second type: Dai ethnic bamboo utensils.

Pu’er tea is produced in Xishuangbanna, a place of Dai people’s life. Dai people are accustomed to using bamboo utensils to brew Pu’er tea, which has the fresh aroma of bamboo and makes the mellow fragrance of Pu’er tea linger. The soup is clear and red! Bamboo is the most natural utensil for Pu’er tea, with strong ethnic characteristics!

The third one: Jingdezhen Porcelain

The Tuo Clay Teapot (Practical and Convenient): Due to Pu’er tea’s suitable brewing, it is better to use larger tea sets to better show the quality characteristics of Pu’er tea such as color, fragrance and flavor. The Tuo Clay Teapot is generally larger in volume, its unique classical rough beauty more fitting for the deep Chenyun of Pu’er tea, and suitable for many people to drink together with friends, thus the Tuo Clay Teapot has become a new fashion.

Jingdezhen porcelain has a beautiful shape, a variety of varieties, rich decoration and unique style. The porcelain is “white as jade, bright as a mirror, thin as paper, and sound like a boulder”, which is an important wealth in the Chinese culture treasure house. Blue-and-white porcelain, Linglong porcelain, polychrome glaze, colored glaze are collectively known as Jingdezhen’s four traditional famous porcelains. Thin-bodied porcelain is called magical treasures, and sculptural porcelains are traditional craftworks in China.

Pu’er tea, like “beauty”, is already well known! Of course a beauty needs to be matched with her beautiful dress; Jingdezhen porcelain– blue and white, miniaturized, colored enamel and colors glaze, isn’t famous porcelain just like the beautiful dress of Pu’er tea?

The fourth type: Flowing Cup

The elegant teacup can be used for brewing tea and drinking tea. It can also separate the tea leaves and tea very conveniently.

Convenient to carry.

The graceful cup is easier to clean than a regular tea cup and saves time and effort.

The fifth one: cup and saucer (most commonly used)

The advantage of using a covered bowl to brew tea is that we can control it more stably, because it has a fast water output and is very convenient for washing tea and foaming. In addition, it can be visually seen from the bottom of the leaves, and the quality of the bottom of the leaves can be intuitively presented. Therefore, boiling tea with a covered bowl is more convenient. Besides, the time for brewing with a covered bowl is usually shorter. Therefore, covered bowls have become the most commonly used brewer in modern tea art, especially when brewing Pu’er raw tea.

The sixth type: Iron kettle

Boiling water in an iron pot can release divalent iron ions, forming a spring effect that makes the water thick, full and smooth. It can increase the water temperature and has strong heat storage capacity. It can effectively remove musty smell from tea, thus improving its taste. When the iron pot is heated, it will release a large amount of divalent iron. Divalent iron and tannic acid in tea, as well as tea polyphenols, can supplement the body’s need for iron elements.

In high altitude areas such as Kunming, generally speaking, water boiled in an old iron kettle can reach 97℃ or even over 100℃; whereas usually stainless steel teapots can only boil the water to 93℃. The high temperature can soften the water quality, especially suitable for making aged tea or brewing tea, especially Pu’er Tea. Because only with high temperature water can its intrinsic mellow fragrance and tea rhyme be fully realized and bring out the aroma of the tea. With the popularity of Pu’er Tea, old iron kettles also came into vogue.

The seventh type: Ice flower jade tea set

Ice flower jade originates from Dali, Yunnan. It is one of the best-textured stones among Dali stones, with crystal clear appearance and luster comparable to jade, so it is commonly known as “ice flower jade”. The products made of ice flower jade are simple and natural, elegant and noble, which is a good choice for modern people to pursue nature and return to simplicity. All of them are handmade with pure natural ice flower jade, crystal clear, warm and natural, giving people a brand new feeling of leisurely spirit. It is an excellent teaware for tea lovers! A set of exquisite ice flower jade tea sets are presented as gifts, expressing Tibetan culture and showing honor. They increase value while enjoying beauty, practicality and collection at the same time. During the period of Dali kingdom, it was loved by King Duan’s royal family and also one of the precious items offered by Dali kingdom to the court!