• by vinux

Recently, a friend of mine from the teapot circle left me a message saying that she wanted to return the two teapots she had just bought recently because she was not satisfied with them. After asking for the reason, it turned out that she only bought them because they looked good, without considering whether the size was appropriate, whether the clay material was suitable for her tea and so on. Naturally, this would lead to unsatisfactory results. The teapot friend is worried that this situation will happen again next time when buying a teapot, so she asked me for advice on how to buy a satisfactory purple sand teapot.

For this question, it’s not the first time that I have encountered with failure to buy a satisfactory teapot. In summary, there are two main points: one is blindly; the other is impulsively without considering own purposes. Actually for buying pots, we must have some purpose in mind, such as whether it’s for gifting or self-use or to entertain guests and so on. Only after knowing the purpose can we make the right decision.

The pairing of tea leaves and a teapot.

Green Tea + Purple Clay Pot

China is renowned for tea production, with green tea as the earliest. Currently, green tea is still the main type of tea in China, with a wide range of production areas and products. Green tea is an unfermented tea that is made by going through the processes of “fresh leaf picking→killing green→rolling and twisting→drying”. The soup color of green tea is tender and not stuffy, so it is necessary to select a purple clay pot that meets the following requirements.

Clay material: All types of clay, such as purple mud, green mud, and red mud, are all acceptable.

2. Pitcher-shaped: A large lid and a tall body barrel.

Red tea + Purple Clay Pot

Black tea is made from newly harvested leaves of suitable tea trees, through a series of processes such as withering, rolling (cutting), fermentation, drying and so on. Black tea is a full-fermentation tea with its quality characteristics being red leaves and red soup.

The tea is dark brown and the soup is bright red. During the processing of black tea, a chemical reaction centred on polyphenol oxidase occurs, forming components such as catechins and theaflavins. Black tea has a long aroma, is sweet in taste, with a deep red soup colour. The following conditions can be selected for a purple clay pot:

Mud materials: purple mud, red mud, downslope mud and other mud materials.

2. Pot shape: No strict requirements.

Wulong Tea + Purple Clay Pot

Oolong tea, also known as Kung Fu tea, is distinctive in its brewing method compared to other teas. The teapot has a specific size limitation, and the requirement for the pot is even more stringent.

Clay Material: Purple clay, green clay, red clay and slope mud are all available, among which red clay is the most standard. Due to its high cinnabar number, high density and less loss of aroma absorption for high-scented tea, zhu-ni pots fired at high temperature can benefit tea and disperse fragrance, making it the best companion of oolong tea.

Capacity: Choose different capacity of teapot according to the amount of tea, generally within 80cc-200cc.

3. Pot shape: The pot shape should be high rather than low, which can show the characteristics of tea aroma, and smoothly release the tea rhyme and fragrant flower of Tieguanyin.

Black tea + purple sand pot.

Black tea is one of the six major categories of tea and belongs to post-fermented tea. Its main production areas are Sichuan, Yunnan, Hubei, Hunan, Anhui and other places. The raw materials used for black tea are usually rougher and older, which are the main raw materials for compressed teas. The tea-making process generally includes five steps: killing green, kneading and rolling, piling up, fermenting and drying.

The Black Tea Soup is thick and dark in color, so when selecting a pot, one should be careful.

1. Clay material: Purple clay (raw and ripe Pu can be used), green clay (raw Pu can be soaked).

2. Pot shape: A pot with a larger belly, such as Pu’er tea, because the concentration of Pu’er tea is high, using a pot with a larger belly can avoid the soup being too thick.

Yellow tea + purple sand pot

Yellow tea belongs to slightly fermented tea category, and its quality is characterized by the “Three Yellows” (i.e., dry tea yellow, soup color yellow, and leaf bottom yellow). Its processing method is basically the same as green tea, but there is a process of muffled yellow after kneading or initial drying. Yellow tea is rich in catechins, amino acids, soluble sugars, vitamins and other substances. It can refresh the mind and eliminate fatigue, indigestion and stagnation.

Clay: all clays, such as purple clay, green clay, and red clay, are available.

The pot-shaped one: the mouth cover is larger.

White tea + purple clay teapot

Currently, White Tea is a kind of tea specific to China. It belongs to light fermented tea. It is a type of tea that does not need rolling or stir-frying and its process is simple. The quality characteristics of white tea are stout buds and leaves covered in fine white hairs with a light colored soup. White Tea can be divided into two categories: bud tea and leaf tea. Bud teas such as Silver Needles are made from single buds while leaf teas such as White Peony or Longevity Eyebrow are made from a combination of leaves.

White tea needs a refreshing atmosphere for the best brewing, so when making white tea, pay attention to:

Mud material: Purple mud, such as the bottom trough clear; Green mud can be used.

2. Pitcher-shaped: the lid is bigger and the body is higher.

A good pot matches a good tea, different teas require different pots to match, which will bring out different tastes.

Choose the capacity for your own use.

We usually classify the capacity of a purple clay pot into five categories, under normal circumstances and excluding extreme works:

100cc or less is referred to as a teapot.

2. Motorcycles of 100cc or more but less than 200cc can be called small models.

Bikes with engine capacities between 200cc and 350cc can be referred to as mid-range.

More than 350cc and less than 600cc can be called a large item.

A product with over 600cc can be categorized as a super-large product.

There are three sizes of teacups typically used for tea drinking: small (about 30 cc), medium (about 50 cc), and large (about 90 cc).

After taking into account the individual losses of the teaware, such as the volume taken up by the tea leaves in a zisha teapot, and realizing that it is not possible to fill cups to their maximum capacity, we can get an output. For example, when someone asks how many people can share a 160CC zisha teapot, if small cups are chosen then 160CC can provide enough tea for 4-5 people.

In fact, this question can be changed at any time, and can be matched freely according to the actual situation when drinking tea, as long as a good tea-drinking mood can be maintained, it will do.

Gift-Giving Guide

Gift-giving is an important part of many cultures and a great way to show someone how much you care. Here are some tips for selecting the perfect gift.

1. Start by thinking about the recipient: What are their likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies? This will give you insight into what kind of gift they would appreciate.

2. Consider the occasion: Is it a birthday, wedding, anniversary or simply “just because”? The occasion will help narrow down your choices and make sure you pick something appropriate.

3. Consider your budget: How much can you afford to spend on the gift? This will help you decide if it should be something expensive or more affordable.

4. Choose something unique: Think outside the box! Look for gifts that are creative, thoughtful and personalized to make them extra special.

5. Wrap with care: Make sure to wrap your gift in a nice package that shows how much thought went into choosing it!

Most men prefer classic shapes, with stable and atmospheric materials as the top choice. It is suggested to choose the top few in the classic purple sand ranking list, which can avoid awkwardness of sending wrong gifts.

Women like delicate and exquisite items as the best choice. If there are gold-plating or flower-decorated workmanship, it would be even better. There are some classical pot forms with female colors, such as “beauty shoulders” and “Xi Shi”, which are the first choice for gifts. As for glaze materials, “Slope mud\”, \”Zhu mud\” and \”Da Hong Pao\” are the best.

People in the south are elegant and prefer delicate and small-sized pots. They have special requirements for purple sand craftsmanship, emphasizing meticulous workmanship, and a preference for gilding, enameling and decalcomania crafts.

People in the north have a bold and generous character, they are direct and free-spirited. They prefer large machinery.

Different positions and people are suitable for different items. Nowadays, people usually give a teapot as a gift to show respect. The gourd is suitable for giving to people who are tough and strong in daily life. When giving gifts to the elders, it is suitable to choose pots with the meaning of good luck and good wishes, such as gourds and wishful pots. When giving gifts to leaders, it is suitable to choose objects with the meaning of success in career and prosperity in wealth, such as golden toads, rocs and spirited horses.

The above summarized tips are for reference only, but basically they will help you buy a satisfactory purple clay pot. Don’t be impulsive or blind when buying a pot, which will only waste your hard-earned money. The best way is to make yourself feel comfortable with the money spent!