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1. Rinse the teapot and cups with boiling water.
2. Fill the teapot about one-third to one-half full with tea leaves of your choice.
3. Pour freshly boiled water into the teapot and let the tea brew for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how strong you’d like it.
4. Once the tea is brewed, pour it into each cup equally, filling them about halfway full or to your desired level of strength.
There are many benefits to brewing tea with Yixing purple clay teapots. The aroma is mellow and the teapot has good insulation and no cooked soup taste, which can keep the essence of tea. However, for new pot friends who have just entered the purple clay teapot, it is necessary to master the steps of brewing tea in Yixing purple clay teapot in order to better appreciate tea.
Steps for Brewing Tea in a Yixing Purple Clay Teapot:
1. Fill the teapot with hot water to warm it up.
2. Discard the water and add fresh tea leaves according to your desired strength (usually 1-2 teaspoons).
3. Fill the teapot with hot water and cover with lid.
4. Let the tea steep for 2-3 minutes, depending on the type of tea you are using.
5. Pour out the brewed tea into individual cups or a teapot pitcher for serving.
Step One: Wipe the teapot.
Take out the dry pot, give the pot body a massage preheating first: wipe the pot body for 10 minutes – 20 minutes with a clean and dry dry pot towel.
Step 2: Kettle
Pour 1/3 of the pot with cold water, then slowly pour the boiled water over it to let the pot feel the temperature rise gradually. This process should only take 1-2 minutes.
Pour the boiling water into the pot halfway to two-thirds full and shake the water in the pot for 30 seconds with one hand on the handle and one hand on the lid.
Fill the pot with boiling water and leave it for 5 minutes. During this time, pour hot water over the pot body one or two times to fully open the pores of the pot.
Step 3: Rinse the tea and pour water into the teapot.
Put an appropriate amount of tea leaves in the pot.
Like a pot of oolong tea, pour boiling water high up to let the oolong tea granules roll in the water to achieve the purpose of washing tea.
Slowly pour hot water along the edge of the pot with the temperature slightly lower than boiling temperature when brewing pu’er tea.
After one minute, pour the water for washing tea into the fair cup and let it stand for a few minutes for use in later steps. When making tea, it is inevitable that some of the tea water will spill onto the walls of the pot. In this case, it is best to rinse the pot with boiling water afterwards, because at this time there are impurities in the tea water and the tea juice flowing onto the surface of the pot is uneven, which can easily cause discoloration. The tea residue remaining on the walls of the pot will also affect the formation of wrapping pulp and block the pores of purple sand.
Place the tea towel under the pot, then use the prepared washing tea water to splash on the surface of the pot. If conditions permit, brush it with a pot pen at this time to make the tea juice evenly distributed. The tea juice that goes down is absorbed by the teatowel under the pot, and then use hot water to give the pot from head to foot. Use a clean wet teatowel to massage the pot body in turn.
Step 4: Prepare tea (boil water).
In the process of brewing, first use boiling water to pour on the outside wall of the teapot, then pour water into the pot, which is commonly known as “moisturizing the teapot”. For the “breaking-in period” of a new purple sand pot in the first month, a rough tea towel should be used to wipe it and after one month a finer tea towel should be used. Wiping principle should follow the principle of “new pot with coarse cloth, old pot with fine cloth; dry pot with dry cloth, wet pot with wet cloth”. Tea can be brewed for about one minute for 1-3 infusions, 1.5 minutes for 4-6 infusions and one minute for 7-8 infusions before it can be drunk.
Allow one minute for brewing tea. This is when the nutritional components of the tea are most concentrated. In this minute of brewing tea, take advantage of the heat from the teapot, and use a damp cloth that has already absorbed the tea juice to wipe the surface of the teapot. We can see that after wiping with a damp cloth, the surface of the teapot quickly evaporates. After one minute, it will be ready to drink. Pour out the tea soup slowly, without shaking or swinging it; let your movements be gentle.
The benefits of making tea in a Yixing purple clay teapot are many. The porous nature of the clay helps to absorb and infuse the flavor of the tea, allowing for a more intense taste. Additionally, because Yixing pots don’t require glazing, there is no risk that unwanted chemicals will leach into your tea. This also makes them much easier to clean than other materials. Finally, because these teapots are handmade, each one is unique and adds beauty and grace to any environment.
First, the flavoring function is good. The tea does not lose its original flavor, and there is no peculiar smell from the teaware itself. The fragrance contains softness, with good color, aroma and taste, and the fragrance does not disperse, obtaining the true fragrance and taste of tea. According to “Changwu Zhi”, it “neither takes away the scent nor has a mature soup smell”.
Second, Chen Tea does not spoil, and humid days do not cause slime buildup, which is beneficial for washing and maintaining the hygiene of the teapot itself. If it is not used for a long time, there will be no odor; as long as it is stored with boiling water and immediately poured out, then rinsed in cold water, its vitality can be restored and tea can still taste its original flavor.
According to related experts’ research, the walls of general ceramic tea sets are smooth and have poor permeability. After the water droplets condensed on them drip into the tea water, they will frequently stir up the tea water and easily promote the growth of mildew, causing fermentation of tea water. On the other hand, the pottery lid of a purple clay teapot has holes to absorb steam, so that it won’t form water droplets on its lid and drip into the tea to stir up the tea water and accelerate fermentation of it. Therefore, making tea with an Yixing teapot will not only make it mellow and fragrant but also prevent it from getting stale.
Thirdly, after long-term use, the walls of a purple sand teapot accumulate a “tea rust” that causes the pot to emit a tea fragrance even when boiling water is poured into an empty one. This is due to the pore rate of the purple sand teapot body, which is a unique quality of a purple sand teapot.
Fourth, the thermal shock resistance is good. Even in cold winter and late December, if boiling water is poured into the pot, it will not burst due to sudden temperature change. At the same time, the sand texture has slow heat transfer, so holding it after making tea won’t burn your hands. Moreover, it can be placed on a low fire for heating without cracking due to heat.
Fifth, when a purple-clay teapot is used for a long time, its body will become more glossy and lovely due to touching and wiping. Therefore, Wen Long in “Cha Jian” said: “Mo Zhang Bao loves it as much as pearls. It’s been in use for a long time, and it looks like purple jade on the outside and green clouds on the inside,” becoming an extraordinary thing.