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1. Place your tea leaves inside the teapot.
2. Fill the teapot with freshly boiled water.
3. Allow the tea to steep for 2 minutes or until you can see bubbles forming along the surface of the tea liquid inside the pot.
4. Pour a small amount of brewed tea into each cup and discard it. This will warm up your cups and also act as a first rinse for your tea leaves.
5. Refill the teapot with hot water and allow it to steep again before serving in individual cups, filling each cup two-thirds full before moving on to the next cup. Do this three or four times until you have used all of the brewed tea from your pot, replacing hot water as needed between pours.
The appearance of the purple sand pot is elegant and generous, and it has strong practicality for making tea. Many people like to use a purple sand pot for making tea, and it is also a good teaware for making Puer Tea. So, how can we make Puer Tea with a purple sand pot? Next, let’s learn about the methods of using a purple sand pot to make Puer Tea.
How to brew Pu-erh Tea with a Purple Clay Teapot?
Prepare the necessary equipment.
It is recommended to use a pot with slightly larger lid and slightly wider opening. Choose light-colored clay for the soup with lighter color, and choose darker clay for the soup with darker color. Have clean cold water ready, prepare an apparatus to boil the water or pre-boil it and keep it in thermos for spare use.
Thermal flask utensils
Put boiled water into the purple sand teapot, stir it, pour it into an equalizing cup, then distribute it to tea cups in turn. Warm the tea cups with “lion rolling embroidery ball” or counterclockwise shaking, or by rolling them in your hands. Finally pour the water from the last tea cup directly into the tea tray.
Carefully put the Pu’er tea into the pot, take out the tea leaves from the tea canister with a teaspoon and put them into the cup; or pour the tea leaves from the canister into a teaholder first, then pour them into the pot; or pour the tea leaves from the canister lid into the pot. The amount of tea to be placed depends on the type of tea being served.
Pour boiling water into the teapot, making sure the water level just covers the tea leaves. Quickly pour it out to awaken the leaves and repeat once more. The rinse water can be kept in a fair cup to pour over the teapot in order to maintain the temperature of the tea soup, or to warm cups and utensils.
Please pay attention to the speed and angle of pouring water. The speed of pouring water will affect the temperature of the water, and the faster you pour, the higher the temperature will be. If you pour slowly with thin stream, the temperature will be relatively lower. Adjustment should be made according to different characteristics of tea leaves. The angle of pouring water will affect the impact and rolling of tea leaves in water, while more delicate teas and ripe teas should not be impacted or rolled too much, otherwise the tea soup will become cloudy instead of clear.
The tea in the pot is filtered and poured into a fair cup, then evenly poured into the tasting cup. Low-fill is to pour out slowly from low position after brewing tea, and the spout of the pot should be close to the edge of the cup to avoid losing aroma and lowering temperature. If there is no fair cup, circulating filling method can be adopted, usually with one pot of tea for four cups. When pouring tea into a cup, do not fill it up at once. Start by two points per cup and then circulate them evenly until seven points full, so that each cup has the same concentration of tea soup. When all the tea in the pot has been poured into tasting cups, “point” shaped “essence” should be dripped into each tasting cup evenly to make sure each cup has the same concentration of tea soup.
Also known as offering tea to guests, placing the teacup on the saucer, holding the cup with both hands, lifting the cup to eyebrow level and presenting it to the guest.
Enjoy the beverage.
After pouring tea, drink it while it’s hot. First observe the color of the soup, focus on smelling the fragrance, and then sip the taste. Don’t swallow the tea soup directly; suck in air while rotating your tongue and savor it repeatedly before swallowing it slowly to appreciate its sweet aftertaste.
The benefits of making tea with a purple sand teapot are numerous. It helps to regulate the temperature of tea, as the pot retains heat for a long period of time. The texture of the clay also allows for better extraction of flavors and aroma from the tea leaves. Additionally, compared to other materials, purple sand is more porous in nature and can absorb some minerals found in the brewed tea, which will add health benefits to your cup.
First, it has good preservation of flavor and retains the original flavor of tea without any odor from the teaware itself. Its aroma is pleasant and its color, scent, and taste are all excellent. Furthermore, the aroma does not dissipate and captures the true flavor of tea.
Second, Chen tea doesn’t spoil, even if it is left in a hot summer day and no mold will form. This is beneficial for cleaning and keeping the teapot sanitary. If the teapot is not used for a long time, there will be no musty odors. As long as boiling water is filled first when using it, pour it out immediately and rinse with cold water; its flavor will be restored and tea can still get its original taste.
According to experts, general ceramics teaware usually has smooth walls and poor permeability. When the water droplets condensed on it fall into the tea soup, it easily stirs up the bacteria and leads to fermentation of the tea soup. However, due to the holes in the lid of purple clay teapots, they can absorb steam and prevent condensation droplets from dropping into the tea soup, thus reducing the speed of fermentation.
Thirdly, the teapot has been used for many years, and the walls of the pot have accumulated “tea rust”. Even if boiling water is poured into an empty pot, it will also be fragrant with tea aroma. This is related to the certain porosity of the purple sand body and is a unique quality of the purple sand teapot.
Fourth, the cold and hot shock resistance is good and won’t crack due to fire.
Fifth, if a purple clay teapot is used for a long time, its body will become more glossy and lovely due to being touched and wiped. Therefore, Wen Long in “Tea Manual” said: “Mo Zhangbao loves it, no less than a palm pearl. Used for a long time, the outside looks like purple jade and the inside like green clouds”, becoming something extraordinary.
That’s it for now. After using the purple sand pot to make tea, the tea sets need to be cleaned and stored properly. The purple sand pot also needs to be taken care of so that it can become more and more shiny when used.