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Cover bowl, tableware. Porcelain is common. The upper part is equipped with a cover and the lower part is equipped with a tea pad. The tea pad is heat-insulating and convenient to hold drinks. This is a kind of cover bowl composed of three parts: bowl, cover and pad, which is the most common symbolic cover bowl tea set in modern teahouses and is called “three talents bowl” by tea drinkers.

Cover the teaware with a bowl.

Cover bowl tea set, with bowl, cover and boat, unique shape and delicate craftsmanship. The tea bowl is big in the top and small in the bottom, the cover can enter the bowl, and the tea boat is used for support. When drinking tea, it is not easy to slip off the lid, and there is a tea boat to hold it without burning your hands. Just hold the tea boat to stabilize your center of gravity, you don’t need to lift the lid when drinking tea, just half open and close it. Tea leaves will not get into your mouth and tea soup can be gently flowing out, which is very pleasant and avoids plugging of pot or spilling from cup. The lid of covered bowl teaset can be placed inside the bowl. If you want thicker soup, you can lightly scrape on the surface with a lid so that the whole bowl of water can flip up and down. A light scrape will make it light, a heavy scrape will make it thick. It’s amazing.

If I were to recommend teaware for Brewing Iron Goddess of Mercy in Quanzhou, which is mainly brewed with covered bowl, the first choice would be the covered bowl. It can be used when there are many people or when one enjoys it alone. When there are many people, cups can be divided by the covered bowl and tea ceremony can be enjoyed. When drinking tea alone without moving the cup, one can directly drink from the covered bowl and enjoy it leisurely.

The use of a teacup lid and bowl:
1. Place the lid on top of the teacup.
2. Slide the bowl under the lid to hold it in place.
3. When ready to drink, lift up the lid and bowl gently as one unit.
4. Enjoy your tea!

Three-Finger Method

The most commonly used method for grasping a bowl with a lid is the “Three-Finger Method,” using three fingers to hold the bowl and lid. Because this method looks elegant and gentle, many women prefer it.

The top of the bowl lid has a knob, which is where we pinch when opening the lid. When serving soup, adjust the size of the opening of the lid, put your index finger on the cover button, hold both sides of the bowl with your thumb and middle finger, bend your ring finger and little finger on the side of your middle finger without touching the lid, hold the bowl vertically and you can then serve soup.

Pay attention: The thumb and little finger cannot be raised up, which is a big taboo in tea art, as it will seem frivolous. This grip method requires many practices to find the right position and avoid burning yourself if done improperly.

The scooping method

This technique is not used by many, the posture is not as gentle as the three finger method, and because the whole hand is pressing down on the lid of the teapot, it can be easily scalding. In a tea art performance, it is mostly used by male practitioners.

The key to this method is to adjust the size of the lid opening first, press the cover button with your thumb, and hold the bottom of the lid bowl with your other fingers. The direction of the lid should be facing you, and the lid bowl should be brought vertically, and then the soup can come out.

This technique of catching a bowl is simple to operate with one hand, giving it a heroic and majestic feel, and is mostly used by men.

What kind of tea is good to make with teaware?

Answer: Red tea.

Cover bowls can be used to brew red teas such as Zhengshan Xiao Zhong, Jin Jun Mei, Dian Hong and Qi Hong. Especially when using a porcelain cover bowl to brew red tea, it is easier to observe the color of the tea soup and control its concentration. When brewing red tea with a cover bowl, one can use the method of circle drawing and water filling, which is to draw circles along the wall of the bowl and fill in water. The amount of tea leaves should be controlled between 5 and 6 grams. In addition, when brewing red tea, many tea friends think that the temperature should not be too high, about 90°C is OK, but in fact high quality red tea can also be brewed with boiling water.

Green tea

Actually, green tea is more suitable for brewing in a transparent glass cup. This applies to West Lake Longjing, Biluochun, Huangshan Maofeng and Xinyang Maojian. But it’s not wrong to brew green tea using a covered bowl either. When brewing, pour hot water onto the leaves in a spiral shape following clockwise or counterclockwise direction to allow the leaves to fully roll and create a richer taste. For green tea brewed with a covered bowl, it is usually drunk through direct single-handed holding of the bowl like Chengdu Gaowen tea; but it can also be shared among multiple people through fair cups.

Three, Oolong tea

Covering the bowl is more suitable for brewing oolong tea, such as Iron Goddess of Mercy, Wuyi rock tea, Phoenix single bush and so on. When brewing, you can draw circles or point-in water. When point-in water is better along a point on the wall of the covered cup and continue to pour water. The amount of brewed tea leaves should be controlled to about 8 grams.

Black tea

To be honest, the concentration of dark teas such as Pu’er tea, Anhua dark tea and Six Castles tea is relatively high and suitable for brewing with a large teapot. However, it can also be brewed with a cover bowl. When brewing black tea with a cover bowl, the method of drawing circles to water can be used. However, due to the special production methods of black tea, it is best to wash it twice in order to remove various impurities.

White tea

White tea is best suited for brewing in a covered bowl, preferably a white porcelain one. The white porcelain bowl does not absorb the aroma or taste of the tea leaves, preserving the scent and flavor of the white tea to a maximum degree.When making silver needle and white peony tea, use the concentric circle infusion method; when making gongmei and shoumei, use the spiral infusion method. Only 5 grams of tea should be used for brewing; this will yield a better taste in the brewed white tea. Of course, for aged white tea, it can be boiled after being brewed in a covered bowl.

Yellow Tea

Famous varieties of yellow tea such as Junshan Silver Needle, Mengding Yellow Bud and Huoshan Yellow Bud are relatively delicate and should not be brewed with boiling water. For the Junshan Silver Needle, it is best to brew with water at around 70 degrees Celsius. Generally speaking, yellow tea should be brewed in a transparent glass cup; however, brewing in a covered bowl is also possible. When brewing, the water can be poured onto the tea leaves in a spiral pattern clockwise or counterclockwise, as for green tea, to let them fully soak and make its taste smoother and sweeter.

A teapot lid used for brewing tea leaves in the past was mostly used to brew flower teas and Oolong teas, but now there are no restrictions. It can be used to decant the tea and drink from it or a single set can be used as a cup to directly drink from. The materials used to make the teapot lid include porcelain, purple sand and glass, with porcelain lids available in various colors being the most common.