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There are two popular opinions among tea drinkers when it comes to brewing green tea with a purple sand teapot: green tea is delicate and cannot withstand high temperature, while the purple sand teapot has heat-retention properties, so if the temperature is too high or the steeping time is too long, the tea will become “ripe” and lose its freshness; also, since the teapot is not transparent, one cannot observe the leaves dancing in the water nor enjoy the visual pleasure of drinking green tea. Therefore, glass cups or porcelain teaware should be used to drink green tea!

However, it does not mean that purple clay teapots can never be used to brew green tea. It just requires a complicated process and meticulous care.

Selection of Purple Sand Pots: The bigger the shape, the better; the shorter, the better; the larger the opening is, the better; and the coarser the sand quality is, the better. As shown in the picture below, a flat-bottomed purple clay pot.

Strategy for Brewing Green Tea in a Purple Sand Teapot

A purple sand teapot, also known as a Zisha clay pot, is traditionally used to brew Chinese tea. To make the most of its unique material and design, here are the steps for brewing green tea in a purple sand teapot:

1. Rinse the teapot with hot water to warm it up;
2. Put 2-3 grams of green tea leaves into the teapot;
3. Pour hot water over the tea leaves;
4. Cover and wait for 30 seconds before pouring out the water;
5. Refill the teapot with hot water and cover again;
6. Wait an additional 1 minute before pouring out your first cup of brewed tea!

Selecting a vessel: The bigger the vessel, the better; the shorter it is, the better; the larger its mouth is, the better; and the coarser its grained material is, the better.

For selecting green tea: High-grade green tea should have the water temperature controlled at 70 ~ 80℃. After boiling, it should be left to settle for a while; otherwise, it would become a waste of resources. However, fresh and high-grade tea is really not suitable for brewing with purple sand pot. For low-grade green tea, the water temperature can be slightly higher but should not exceed 90℃.

Precautions: Be careful not to cover when brewing. In addition, the processing process of green tea has a great impact on the water temperature and the selection of purple sand pot. Green tea processing technology includes stir-frying, baking, drying and steaming. Among them, stir-fried and baked green tea are relatively delicate. When brewing, the water temperature should not be too high and the shape of utensils should be flat. For example, stir-fried green tea West Lake Longjing should not exceed 85℃. The water temperature of sun-dried and steamed green tea can be higher and the selection of purple sand pot can be arbitrary. The lid can be added when brewing.

Overall, it is not impossible to brew green tea with a purple sand pot, but using it to make green tea does not have any advantages. For beginners, if they can’t control the degree well, it is likely to be a waste of good tea. Therefore, when tea enthusiasts are using a purple sand pot to make green tea, they should follow the following principles:

It is a basic principle that one must analyze the specific situation in detail and choose different types of purple sand pots according to different tea situations, using different methods and temperatures, without absolute standards and rules.

The fresher and more delicate the tea leaves, the lower the water temperature should be, and pay attention to using a purple clay teapot as a teacup as much as possible – without covering it.

The water temperature for stir-fried green tea and roasted green tea should be slightly lower than that for steamed green tea and sun-dried green tea.

When choosing purple sand pot for the aforementioned green tea, one still should follow the principle that the shape should be bigger and shorter, the mouth should be bigger, and the sand quality should be coarser.

High-grade green teas (such as Mingqian and Yuqian Special Grade Green Teas of the year) and green teas focusing on the visual appreciation of their own forms (such as Biluochun, Longjing and Silver Needle, etc.), are not recommended to be used with purple sand pots.

Tea such as pearl tea can be brewed by comparison with oolong tea, but the water temperature should be slightly lower.

Tea friends, do you have the habit of brewing green tea in a purple clay teapot? If so, come and share how to brew it, and also give some advice to purple clay teapot enthusiasts on brewing green tea.