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Brewing tea with a purple clay teapot can bring out the mellow flavor and good thermal insulation without any cooked soup taste, which can help to retain the essence of tea and enhance its flavor. However, it is also necessary to choose the right type of tea according to the shape of the teapot, since the characteristics of the pot must match those of the tea in order to achieve optimal taste when brewing. So what kind of tea is best brewed with a purple clay teapot? Let’s take a look.

What type of tea is best brewed in a purple clay teapot?

The Purple Sand Pot is best used to brew semi-fermented or fully fermented teas, such as Iron Goddess of Mercy, Tung Ting Oolong, Puer tea, and Single Bush. Of course, different sizes of Purple Sand Pots have different characteristics, so different sizes of Purple Sand Pots are suitable for brewing different teas.

Purple sand teapot is usually used to make tea with a high frequency of sound. It is suitable for making tea with strong aroma, such as green tea; the lower sound of the pot is more suitable for making tea with strong taste, such as oolong and Iron Guanyin.

Flat and short purple sand teapots with a capacity of less than 200ml are most suitable for drinking Tieguanyin because the teapot can reach high temperature instantly, which is just enough to meet the requirements of brewing Tieguanyin tea. (Such as Xu Bien, Hehuan, Imitating drum and so on.)

Pu’er tea and black tea require long-term insulation. For the best drinking experience, use a deep, narrow purple clay pot of about 250ml, such as stone gourd and Xishi pot.

Approximately 250ml wide-mouthed purple sand pot is a better choice for brewing green tea, as green tea does not tolerate long time of high temperature immersion. It requires teaware should dissipate heat quickly (such as antique pot, well partition pot, column base, thin and flat pot etc).

What type of tea is suitable to be brewed in a square purple clay teapot?

The key to making square purple sand teapot is to make the mud uniform. The difficulty and failure rate of splicing are high. The internal angles of the square vessel make it difficult for tea leaves to roll and water flow to be blocked; however, its square shape is eye-catching in terms of modeling, so its aesthetic value can be considered greater than its practical function. Using a square purple sand teapot to brew Puer tea can bring out the mellow taste of Puer, which is very suitable.

What type of tea is suitable for a flat-shaped purple sand teapot?

A flat-shaped purple sand pot is suitable for brewing the tuo cha shape of Wuyi tea. For example, a piece of mud purple sand pot is used to brew the Wuyi tea that has been roasted. This purple sand pot can always hide the dry taste of roasting and fully display the charm that tea should have.

The ratio of Yixing purple clay teapots made in a flat shape is relatively low. This is because the success rate of sintering (so-called “yield”) for this shape is lower. The flat pot body has a strong sense of stability, which can make the strip-like tea leaves settle calmly in the pot and release a rich aroma. When pouring water, due to the short wall of the flat pot, the water flow naturally has a buffer. In addition, the small space in the pot makes it easier for tea leaves to be soaked in water without burning or boiling, gently releasing all its essence.

The flat shape of the teapot leaves no room for any tricks and gives full play to the rock rhyme of Wuyi Rock Tea. Therefore, when brewing aged Wuyi Rock Tea or wanting to reduce the roasted flavor of tea leaves by using a pot, a flat purple sand pot is most suitable.

What kind of tea is suitable for a round purple sand pot?

Experience shows that round purple clay teapots are best for oolong tea. Why? Because the oolong tea is dried in a roll shape, and the round teapot provides enough space to fully stretch out the semi-spherical tea leaves. If you love oolong tea, it’s most practical to buy a round purple clay teapot. The reason is that after pouring water into a round purple clay teapot, the circular walls of the pot can let the water flow smoothly in the pot and more gently combine water with tea leaves to benefit from brewing.

A round purple sand teapot is suitable for Oolong tea. The next step is to consider the material used for the round teapot, because the same round teapot can be made of different materials, which can also affect the effect of brewing tea. Only by having a comprehensive understanding can we buy practical round teapots and no longer “paint in pots”!

Using original purple sand to make a teapot is generally the most basic requirement for those buying a teapot. But which kind of clay has the best tea-making properties? Zhu clay or Duan clay? After summarizing, Zhu clay has the best conductivity, but not necessarily the best ability in expressing the aroma of high mountain oolong tea! It’s important that you have to brew the tea yourself to get a grasp on how well the teapot and tea pair off, to understand the relationship between clay and tea-making properties, and in order to return to the original point of making tea with a teapot.

The advantages of brewing tea in a purple clay teapot include bringing out the aroma of the tea leaves and enhancing the flavor. The porous nature of the pot also helps to reduce tannin levels in the tea, giving it a smoother taste.

The reason why teapots are loved by tea drinkers is that they have beautiful shapes on the one hand and many advantages when making tea on the other.

Purple sand is a porous material with double pore structure.

The spout is small and the density is high. Brewing tea with a purple sand teapot will bring out its original flavor.

The purple sand pot has good air permeability.

Using it to make tea won’t easily change in taste and even if stored for a long time, there will be no odors. Just fill it with boiling water when using and pour out immediately, then rinse in cold water. The energy of the tea will be restored and still taste like before.

(3) Purple sand teapots can absorb tea juice.

If the pot wall is not brushed, there will be no strange smell when making tea. After long-term use of purple sand pot, the pot wall accumulates “tea rust”, so that even when hot water is poured into an empty pot, it will still have a fragrant scent of tea. This relates to the air porosity rate of purple sand pot body material and is a unique quality of purple sand pot.

The fourth advantage of the purple sand pot is that it has good performance in rapid temperature change.

In the cold winter and lunar December, boiling water is poured into the pot, which absolutely won’t burst due to temperature changes. At the same time, the sandy heat transfer is slow, so holding it after brewing tea won’t burn your hand. Moreover, it can also be placed on low fire for further heating without breaking due to the heat.

The longer the use of purple sand

The color of the teapot becomes brighter and it looks more elegant. As long as its body is touched or wiped, the bright and lovely patina will become even brighter with time. Therefore, Wenlong in “Cha Jian” said: “Mo Zhang Bao Ai, no less than palm beads. After long use, it looks like purple jade on the outside and blue clouds on the inside.” Yangxian Minghu Series said: “After long-term use, wiping and adding mouth to it will emit a dim light that can be seen.”

There are many advantages to brewing tea with a purple sand teapot. It does not take away the true scent of the tea and there is no stewed soup smell, and it can maintain the color, aroma, and taste of the tea for a long time. Purple sand tea utensils are also loved by people for their simple and unique shape and good temperament. After being soaked in tea water and rubbed by hand, they will turn into a jade color.