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Purple sand pot is the leader of tea utensils in the world. Li Yu said in “Miscellaneous Talk”: “The most wonderful thing for tea is sand, and the best of pots is Yang Xian”. Wen Zhenheng said in “Changwu Zhi”: “Tea pots made of sand are the best, because they do not take away the fragrance and have no cooked soup gas”. The excellent performance of purple sand pot in making tea can not be compared with other pottery. Today, “Purple Sand Hundred Schools” will share their experience and insights with everyone on the performance of making tea with Purple Sand to see how Purple Sand brews a good cup of tea.
Without discussing the quality of tea sets, those who have experienced brewing tea with purple sand, ceramic, glass or disposable cups will find a common rule after careful comparison: The taste of the tea brewed in different vessels is not the same, and this difference actually comes from the “nature of the tea” when brewed.
The evaluation criteria for teas:
1. Appearance: including color, aroma and taste;
2. Quality: including freshness, smoothness, thickness and flavor;
3. Production process: including fermentation degree, fixing degree, rolling degree and baking degree;
4. Storage method: temperature and humidity should be monitored during storage;
5. Health benefits of the tea: its nutrition content, antioxidant capacity and efficacy on health promotion.
Making tea, or “fa cha” in Chinese, is the process of taking tea leaves and infusing them with hot water to make a tea broth. If one pays attention to detail, they can perceive subtle differences in the taste of tea made in different vessels. Although everyone has their own preferences of what makes an ideal cup of tea, there are common qualities that accompany good teas and good tea broths.
From the perspective of tasting, tea with good mixing ratio and good coordination has a pleasant taste, which can be regarded as the basic requirement of good tea soup. For making tea, purple clay applies an all-around contact-then-force technique that is effective in extracting high quality aromatic and sweet substances. It excels at coordinating the flavor and affinity of the tea soup to achieve a satisfactory drinking effect.
The tea soup sent out may not have the fragrance of porcelain wafting, but it has a mellow taste and a long-lasting tea aroma. It has a good affinity when entering the mouth and its flavor is moderate and harmonious. For the same tea aroma, that from purple clay and covered bowl is different in style, just like agarwood and sandalwood.
The excellent tea-brewing performance of purple sand pot makes it the first choice in tea ware. This is mainly due to the unique double-air-hole characteristics of purple sand clay material.
The thermal insulation properties of porcelain and glass teaware change too drastically when heated, while the temperature changes of purple sand teapots are relatively gentle, which will be reflected in the tea infusion. Compared with other teaware, purple sand teapots have more significant heat retention.
Many people think that tea needs to be “smothered” in order to bring out the flavor, but that is not true. The permeability of purple sand can ensure that the tea soup has sufficient time and water fusion, which is what the ancients called: no cooked soup gas.
The absorption of aroma from a purple sand teapot does not have any difference in terms of smell or odor. This is just the same as what we usually say “one teapot for one tea”.
There is no fixed standard for the influence of mud material on tea quality. People may like or dislike any kind of mud material with tea leaves, so it can only be said that they are relatively suitable. As long as the mud material is good, it will further extract high-quality aromatic sweet substances, and then the tea soup taste will be classified into clear and thick effects.
If the material of the pot is not sufficiently firm, the first casualty would be the extraction of high quality aromatic and sweet compounds, leading to a decrease in delicacy. Then, due to an unstable body, the infusion force, coherence, and homogeneity would also suffer a weakening effect.
The firing characteristics of purple clay are the essence of it. Understanding its firing characteristics is basically understanding purple clay. Grasping its rules allows us to treat purple clay more reasonably, and not be easily misled by some appearances.
Different types of tea require different teaware, which may be seen as superfluous and even pretentious to many people. However, for someone with a pursuit and habit of drinking tea, it is essential. This is not just about drinking tea, but an experience in itself.