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Many tea drinkers know that purple sand teapot is the best for making tea, but what kind of teapot to use and how to make the tea often puzzles many tea-lovers.
Actually, there are some small details about what kind of tea to brew in a purple clay pot. Let’s talk about the six major types of tea brewed in a purple clay pot today.
The most common green teas are Bi Luo Chun, West Lake Longjing and Mengding Ganlu, etc.
Green tea is best served in a purplish “clay-section pot, green-clay” pot. Its color is light and airy, which is beneficial for keeping the pot and not easily forming black tea scale. It is an ideal pot for flower cultivation.
When brewing, it is also important to note that boiling water should not be used. The temperature of the water should be around 80℃~85℃. The ratio of tea leaves to water should be 1:50 for the best results. Brewing time should be 2~3 minutes. The brewed tea will have a clear and bright green color and can be enjoyed freshly brewed.
Wulong Tea (Green Tea)
Oolong tea is one of the six major types of Chinese tea, which is a semi-fermented tea such as Tieguanyin, Da Hong Pao and so on.
Water is best from a stone spring; charcoal is best for the stove; small is best for a teapot.
Oolong Tea is best brewed with purple-clay teapots, using either “red clay” or “vermilion clay”. This type of tea releases its aroma quickly and has a strong floral scent, making it ideal for high-aroma teas.
Use 95°C boiling water, the amount of Wu-long tea leaves is relatively large, basically half or more of the pot or cover bowl used, cover it after brewing.
Brewing time should increase gradually from short to long, with 2-5 minutes as the optimal duration.
Yellow tea belongs to the light fermented tea. “Mengding Huangma, Junshan Silver Needle and Wenshan Maojian” all belong to yellow tea.
Yellow tea is best served in “Purplish Clay” teapots, which will not steal away the tea aroma and are suitable for steeping. Purplish clay is suitable for a wide range of teas and has good tea making capabilities.
The best brewing time for the first infusion is 30 seconds, the second infusion extends to 60 seconds, and the third infusion extends to about 2 minutes, so that the tea soup tastes better.
Black tea is a fully-fermented tea, such as “Keemun Black Tea, Red Strip Tea and Red Broken Tea”.
Brew red tea with “purple clay and cinnabar” for the best result. It has a pleasant aroma that brings out the original flavor and distinct layers of taste.
It is best to use freshly boiled water, with an infusion time of 3 to 5 minutes. High-grade Gongfu Reds can be infused 3 to 4 times, while broken reds can be infused 1 to 2 times.
Black tea, Pu’er
Black tea and Pu’er tea have the characteristics of becoming more fragrant over time, so they are popular among tea lovers.
Brewing this type of tea is best done in a purple clay pot such as “Purple Mud, Bottom Groove Clear” to bring out its mellow flavor.
The first brewing of this type of tea should be rinsed to filter out impurities in the tea leaves, and the subsequent brewing time is usually 2 to 3 minutes.
White tea is divided into “Silver Needle White Tea, White Peony, Quancheng Red, Quancheng Green, Gongmei, Shoumei and New White Tea”.
White tea is best served in purple clay teapots of the Zhu Ni or Hong Ni variety. Its soup has a slight golden hue and its aroma is refreshingly crisp and naturally Zhu Ni is the best choice.
The brewing of white tea requires delicate materials with thin leaves, so the water temperature should not be too high when brewing. Generally, it is advisable to keep the temperature between 85-90℃.
After reading about these six types of tea, do you have some idea about what type of purple clay pot to use for what kind of tea? Generally speaking, purple clay has a wide range of adaptability to different types of teas, so many types of teas can be brewed with this kind of pot. Therefore, there is no need to worry about using the wrong one.
Finally, it is important to remind you not to use mud to steep black tea or similar things, as it is very easy to breed flowers.