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– Light and delicate
– Glazed surface that is smooth to the touch
– High temperatures can be tolerated
– Made from Kaolin clay with a low absorption rate
– Durable and long lasting
Tea sets, also known as tea wares or tea utensils in ancient times, come in a variety of types. White porcelain is a kind of porcelain widely used in daily life. It has the characteristics of dense texture, transparent glaze, high firing temperature, no water absorption, clear sound and long rhyme.
The characteristics of white porcelain tea sets:
– Lightweight and delicate
– Smooth glazed surface
– High-grade porcelain of excellent quality
– Colorful designs with unique patterns
White porcelain tea sets are characterized by dense and transparent body, high firing degree of glazed ware, no hygroscopicity, clear sound and long rhyme. Because of its pure white color, it can reflect the color of the tea soup. The thermal conductivity and heat preservation performance are moderate. In addition to its colorful shapes, it is known as a precious utensil for drinking tea. As early as the Tang Dynasty, white porcelain wares produced in Xing Kiln in Hebei were “universally used without distinction between high and low”. Bai Juyi of the Tang Dynasty also composed a poem praising the white porcelain teacup produced in Dayi of Sichuan Province. In the Yuan Dynasty, white porcelain wares in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province were exported abroad. Nowadays, white porcelain tea sets have been renewed. This kind of white glazed tea set is suitable for brewing all kinds of tea leaves. Moreover, due to its exquisite shape and elegant decoration, its external walls are often painted with mountains and rivers; flowers and plants in four seasons; birds and animals; stories of characters; or decorated with inscriptions by celebrities; they are also quite artistic appreciation value; therefore they are more commonly used.
White porcelain teaware is suitable for making what kind of tea?
Green tea leaves tend to be tender with a strong tea taste, such as West Lake Longjing and Anji Bai Cha, and cannot tolerate high temperature scalding. Therefore, it is necessary to choose thin, smooth and white porcelain cups with good heat dissipation and air permeability. When brewing, the cup can quickly release heat to avoid scalding the tea leaves, slow down the release speed of the tea flavor, and also balance the temperature of the tea soup to maintain its flavor.
In addition, tea leaves cannot be steeped in a closed environment, it is suggested to choose an uncovered porcelain cup or not cover the cup when brewing. Moreover, green tea soup is generally transparent with a yellowish-green hue; white porcelain not only makes it easy to observe the change of tea color but also sets off the tea color.
2. Yellow Tea:
There are similarities between Yellow Tea and Green Tea. The main difference lies in its additional “Men” process. The characteristic of Yellow Tea is the “Men” process, which makes it less intense than Green Tea when brewed. Therefore, it usually needs to be “Men-ed” in order to bring out its mellow tea flavor. Because the soup color of Yellow Tea tends to be apricot yellow or orange yellow, using white porcelain that is as white as snow would create too strong a contrast, thus reducing the glossiness of the soup itself.
When choosing porcelain tea sets, it is recommended to choose milk-white glazed tea sets. Covered cups or bowls in milky white porcelain would be suitable.
White tea: A type of tea made from the buds and leaves of the Chinese Camellia Sinensis plant. It is minimally processed which results in a light-colored brew with mild flavor and aroma.
White tea leaves are commonly mature, with large leaves. Mostly, they are lightly fermented teas that have been sun-dried or slow-fired. White tea is more stable in terms of its taste than yellow tea. The buds of white tea are mostly intact, and the shape is coarser than green or yellow tea. High-quality white tea has a distinct “mou xiang” aroma, bright yellow liquor color, and sweet and mellow taste with a hint of aftertaste. Famous types of white teas include Silver Needle, White Peony, Gongmei, and Shoumei; they are all rare and excellent teas.
Ceramic tea sets are best in a pure white, and can be decorated with colorful patterns on the exterior. Its body has a dense and delicate texture, high hardness, strong tactile sensation, and semi-transparent characteristics no matter how thick or thin it is. The sound of knocking is crisp and long, with almost no permeability and moderate heat preservation, which can better reflect the color, fragrance and taste of tea. This kind of utensil is favored by both elegance and commoners alike; it can be used for tasting tea, daily drinking tea as well as for making medicinal teas. It has now become the most popular tea set.