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The most famous purple sand teapot is a kind of pottery, fired at a temperature of 1000~1200°C, with fine texture that is not only leak-proof but also has invisible pores. It can absorb tea liquid and store the aroma of tea, as well as providing slow heat transfer without burning hands; even when the temperature changes quickly, it will not break. When using a purple sand teapot to brew tea, the flavor is mellow and the insulation performance is good without cooked soup flavor, and it can preserve the essence of tea. Generally speaking, Taiwanese Oolong Tea, Iron Guanyin and other semi-fermented teas are believed to be able to show their own characteristics best when brewed with purple sand teapots.
Ceramics with white as the noble color and around 1300 degrees Celsius fired, has no water absorption, clear sound and long rhyme. It can reflect the color and luster of tea soup, moderate in thermal transmission and heat preservation, no chemical reaction to tea, making tea with good color, aroma and taste, shape beautiful and delicate. Suitable for light fermentation, strong aroma such as Wenshan Paihao Tea and green tea. Ceramic teaware should be the best choice for drinking and tasting tea. Moreover, ceramic teawares also have art appreciation value and collection value.
Transparent texture, fast heat transfer, no breathable, brewing tea with a glass cup, the situation of tea leaves moving up and down throughout the brewing process and the color of the extracted tea soup can be seen at a glance. The disadvantage of glass teaware is that it is easy to break and it’s hot to touch, but it is cheap and beautiful. When using glass teaware to brew Longjing, Biluochun and other green teas, there are faint shadows in the cup, tender buds stand upright, or flags and spears intersect with each other floating up and down, which is interesting to watch.
Plastic teaware often has a strange smell, and it affects the taste of tea if brewed with hot water. The same goes for paper cups or plastic cups. Except in emergencies, it is not recommended to use them to make good tea. Using a thermos cup to brew premium green tea will result in a low aroma and cooked taste because of its long-term insulation, which is also not suitable.
Purple sand is a kind of natural clay, rich in iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, zinc and other elements, which can alkalize the water quality and improve human immunity, which is very beneficial to health. Clear water mud purple sand pot is used to drink green tea, while purple mud is used to drink oolong tea. Oolong tea and Pu’er tea both need to use a large base of purple sand pot for brewing, so that it can be beneficial for the full expansion of the tea leaves at the bottom of the pot and make the tea soup thicker and more fragrant. Specialized pots are more beneficial for pot maintenance.
Purple sand teapot needs to be gradually nurtured with tea. After cleaning it once after a period of time, and repeating this process for 3 times, the sand will be washed very clean. Afterwards, it does not need to be washed anymore. The tea scale can also let it sit in the pot, because the tea scale is the nutrition components and mineral precipitation of the tea leaves, which can play a nurturing role for the pot. The longer the time is, the better the pot will become. Not only will the pot change in color to become milder and warmer , but even naturally emit the aroma of tea leaves.
Clean your purple clay teapot with just warm water, do not use detergent or oily cloth for washing.