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When choosing teaware for different types of tea, it is important to consider the character of the tea and the strength and flavor that you are seeking. For example, a light and fragrant Oolong tea will require a more delicate type of teapot than a strong black tea. Below is an outline of some suggested types of teaware for each type of tea:
Black Tea: Use a pot with walls that are thicker than those used for other types of tea, as black tea generally needs to be brewed at higher temperatures.
Green Tea: A thin-walled pot is best for brewing green tea, as it should be brewed at lower temperatures than black tea.
Oolong Tea: Oolong should also be brewed in a thin-walled pot, as its flavor comes from cool water that has been infused with subtle aromas.
White Tea: This type of tea should only be brewed in thin-walled pots as it requires very low temperatures when being prepared.
Herbal Infusions: Any style of teapot can be used to brew herbal infusions; however, if you would like to maintain the freshness and flavor of the herbs, then use one with a filter system so that they do not get into your cup.
When choosing tea sets, besides paying attention to the quality of the utensils, the color of the appearance should also be noted. Only by making a harmonious combination of the functions, quality and color of the tea sets can you choose an ideal one.
The color of ceramics is closely related to the mineral composition in the body or glaze, and the same mineral composition can also produce different colors depending on its content. Ceramics are usually fired with clay containing iron oxide, but due to different firing temperatures and oxidation degrees, the color is mostly yellow, redbrown, brown, gray, etc. The pattern of porcelain has always been rich in variety and diverse in change.
The color and pattern of tea ware mainly refers to the color of the materials used for making and decorative patterns. It can generally be divided into two categories: cold tones and warm tones. Cold tones include blue, green, cyan, white, gray and black, while warm tones include yellow, orange, red and brown. The selection of the color of tea ware mainly depends on the matching of its appearance. The principle is to match with tea. It is better to use white as the inner wall of drinking utensils so that it can reflect the true color and brightness of the tea soup. At the same time, attention should be paid to the color matching among pots, bowls and cups in a set of tea ware supplemented by boats, trays and lids so as to achieve a harmonious unity. If auxiliary supplies are matched based on the main color of tea ware, it will be perfect. The approximate colors suitable for various types of tea are as follows:
MingYou Green Tea: Transparent glass cups without color, pattern or lid. Or use porcelain, celadon and blue and white porcelain cups without lid.
Tea Set: Covered Bowls, Cups, and Pots made of Celadon, Blue and White Porcelain.
Yellow Tea: Milk-white or yellow glazed porcelain and yellow-orange colored teapots, lids, bowls and cups.
Red Tea: Teapots, cups, lidded cups and bowls, or coffee pots made of inlaid white glazed purple sandstone, white porcelain, red glaze porcelain, and warm color porcelain.
White Tea: White porcelain or yellow mud-fired pots, cups, and inner walls of colored black porcelain.
Oolong Tea: Purple Clay teapot and cups, or White Porcelain teapot and cups, cover bowl, cover cup. Greyish Brown series of glazed ware teapot and cups can also be used.