- by vinux
Purple clay teapots, as the classic container for tea drinking, have been favored by many pot friends. Through long-term practice, it has been found that different clays and tea leaves have different effects, some of which are more beneficial to making tea.
There is one kind of tea that has been debated continuously, green tea. So can a purple clay teapot be used to brew green tea?
Many pot friends think that whether there are advantages and disadvantages of using purple clay teapots to make green tea.
They think that green tea is delicate and not resistant to high temperatures, while purple sand teapots have the characteristic of storing heat. Once the temperature is high or the time is long when brewing, the tea will be over cooked and it will be difficult to taste the unique freshness of green tea.
And there is no way to appreciate the dynamic beauty of tea leaves unfolding in water.
This viewpoint of the pot friends is not unreasonable, but in fact, their purple sand teapot can be used to make green tea, but it requires certain techniques.
The correct pot shape and mud material.
The best clay material is granular clay, suitable for both appreciation tea and pot keeping. Zhu clay has too high density which is prone to suffocating the tea, so it’s not recommended.
The best choice of shape for brewing green tea is tall and flat, with an antique or well-style design. The capacity should be between 200 and 300cc, along with a glass cup to avoid the tea leaves from steaming. This way you can appreciate the aesthetic appeal of clear soup with a balanced flavor.
The bigger the shape, the shorter and better; the bigger the mouth, the better; and the coarser the sand, the better.
Appropriate water temperature
Green tea does not require a high water temperature, just control it around 80 degrees. Water from a water dispenser is also okay, but do not use boiling water.
If the water temperature is high, it is easy to scald the tea, resulting in cooked soup smell. After brewing a few cups of tea, cover the teapot lid so that the tea leaves can have a breath of time. This can maximize the number of times the tea can be brewed.
The fresher and finer the tea leaves are, the lower the water temperature should be; water temperature for pan-fried or oven-baked green tea should slightly lower than that for steamed or sun-dried green tea.
The right time for tea.
Brew green tea with a purple sand pot, the brewing time should be around 8-10 seconds. Immediately remove the lid and let it cool down to avoid over-steeping. The characteristics of the tea brewed in a purple sand pot are richer aroma and taste.
If there are special requirements for viewing tea leaves, it is not recommended to use a purple sand pot. Transparent glass vessels have better viewing effects.
In conclusion, purple sand pot can be used to brew green tea, but attention must be paid to its use and technique. With diligent practice, one is sure to make a cup of green tea with the charm of purple sand pot.