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The Big Red Robe Purple Sand Pot is made from the Big Red Robe clay material produced in Yixing and goes through multiple processes of production. It is even more valuable today when the Purple Sand Pot market is booming, and is favored by many tea drinkers. So which tea is suitable for the Big Red Robe Purple Sand Pot?
The red robe purple sand teapot is suitable for what kind of tea?
Gongfu Tea: Tieguanyin, such as Da Hong Pao. The water temperature should be high, 100 degrees is appropriate. The teapot should be small, remember to choose the tall teapot shape, otherwise the tea leaves will be cooked too soft and lose its true fragrance. It’s better to control the capacity of the teapot within 200cc.
Black Tea: Pu’er, the ripe cake is best, but should not be brewed too strong. A higher body of the pot is better, 300cc or more is best.
Red tea: The pot shape does not need to be too high, 200-300cc is best.
Green tea and flower tea should not be brewed in purple sand pots, as the temperature for brewing these two types of tea should not be too high; 80 degrees is ideal. Purple sand pots are too hot and will cause the tea to become over-brewed. It is best to use a glass container so that the true aroma of the tea can be retained, and also for viewing the beauty of the tea.
The benefits of steeping tea in a large red robe and purple sand teapot are:
1. The elegant shape of the teapot and its deep color can enhance your appreciation for the beauty of the tea you are drinking.
2. The clay material and porosity of the teapot help to better preserve the flavor and aromas of the tea.
3. The added weight increases heat transfer for a more even infusion, giving you an improved tea-drinking experience.
Brewing tea with a purple sand teapot, the tea aroma is strong and lasting. The mouth of the purple sand teapot is small and the lid is tight, and the inside wall of the pot is rough, which can effectively prevent the aroma from dissipating too soon. A long-lasting purple sand teapot has a layer of brownish red tea rust on its inner wall. The longer it is used, the more tea rust accumulates on the inner wall, so the soup brewed from tea leaves becomes more mellow and fragrant. A long-used purple sand teapot can still have an inviting tea fragrance even if it does not contain tea but only boiled water, which cannot be achieved by general teaware.
No glaze is applied on the outside or inside of a purple sand pot, keeping tiny pores that allow air to pass through while not letting water penetrate. It also has strong absorptive power, which is incomparable to that of ordinary teapots. It can retain the aroma oil in tea leaves releasing fragrance when heated and increase the late acidity of tea soup, thus exerting a condensing and sterilizing effect. Accordingly, it can slightly delay the spoilage of tea water and this is why there is an old saying “the longer it stays in summer heat, the less likely it goes bad”.
Brewing tea with a purple clay teapot can keep it warm for a long time. The walls of the pot are filled with many small bubbles and the air in them is not flowing, making it a poor heat conductor. Therefore, the purple clay teapot has better thermal insulation performance.
Brewing tea with a purple sand pot makes it easier to grasp. The linear expansion coefficient of the purple sand pot is slightly higher than that of the porcelain pot, and there is no glaze, so there is no problem of unglazed stress. After firing, the purple sand pot has very little glass and enough capacity to overcome the sudden change caused by temperature difference between cold and hot, so it has slow heat transfer. The purple sand teapot is excellent in adapting to rapid changes in temperature, even if steamed at hundred degrees Celsius and then quickly thrown into icy snow, it will not burst.
Brew tea in a Purple Clay Teapot so that the colors, sounds, fragrances, and flavors can be fully appreciated without any taint of stewed tea. During hot days, the tea brewed from the teapot will not easily change flavor and the soup will be clear and mellow.
The walls of a Zisha teapot contain porosity and have a double-porosity structure, allowing it to adapt to sudden changes in temperature. Even when boiling water is poured into the pot in cold weather, there is no fear of cracking when used for boiling or steaming.
The purple sand pot is durable, becoming brighter with frequent use. People can appreciate its beauty through the tea-brewing and caring process, making it an object of admiration for the contemporary people.