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Many tea enthusiasts believe that purple sand kettles are the first choice for making red tea because they have good air permeability, so it is not easy to make the tea leaves taste bad when using a purple sand kettle. The purple sand kettle can absorb tea juice, the inner wall of the kettle does not need to be brushed, and there is no peculiar smell when brewing tea. However, it is important to choose the right purple sand kettle when making red tea. So what kind of purple sand kettle is suitable for making red tea? Let’s take a look at the purple sand kettle suitable for red tea.

What purple clay teapot is suitable for making red tea?

Hanging Pot High-Pressure Brewing is the most common method for brewing red tea, and it is also a skill that is harder to master in tea art studies. The procedure involves raising the water pot while pouring tea, with the spout of the pot swinging three times up and down, high and low, to brew the leaves in the pot. The purpose of this is to use the agitation of water to stimulate the color, aroma and flavor of the tealeaves. From this point of view, choice of a purple clay pot with higher body is more suitable. However, there are different opinions regarding Hanging Pot High-Pressure Brewing: some people think that doing so might destroy the tealeaves due to excessive pressure from the water, leading to bad taste in the tea soup; everyone can make their own judgement and try different method for brewing to find out.

Secondly, while it is not suitable to brew red tea with 100-degree boiling water, it also needs to be brewed with a vessel that has good heat retention. Therefore, a high-bodied teapot paired with a small-diameter purple sand pot which disperses heat slowly would be the best option.

What capacity of purple sand teapot is suitable for brewing red tea?

Due to the fact that red tea is not tightly pressed and is fragile to vacuum, the small packages of red tea sold in the market are generally not excessively heavy, most commonly weighing 5-7g. Calculating according to a 1:50 ratio of tea leaves to water, a purple sand teapot with a capacity of around 250cc should suffice. If the teapot is too large and cumbersome to hold, the brewed tea will be weak and tasteless; if it is too small, the red tea will be fragile and difficult to clean up and the brewed tea will have an overly bitter taste.

Of course, the amount of tea leaves can be controlled by humans and everyone has their own preference in terms of how strong or light they like their tea. Therefore, the capacity is only for reference, not a necessity.

In conclusion, a teapot with a capacity of about 250cc, purple clay or red clay material, and a high-waisted cylinder small caliber is most suitable for steeping black tea. For example, Hanfang pot and Gao Pan pot are all appropriate.

Precautions for Brewing Red Tea with a Purple Clay Teapot:
1. Rinse the teapot with boiling water before use.
2. Measure out the correct amount of red tea leaves into the teapot.
3. Heat water to just before boiling and pour it into the teapot, filling it about three-quarters full.
4. Let it steep for about 3 minutes, until the red tea has brewed to the desired strength.
5. Pour into cups or a pitcher and serve.

As for black tea, it belongs to fully fermented tea. The quality of the tea has been completely stimulated during the production process, and it requires a higher degree of control over water temperature. Any slight mistake can damage its taste.

Therefore, when making red tea with a purple sand pot, the water temperature should be controlled around 85°C. The mouth of the purple sand pot is small and the rate of decoction is slow, so if the tea stays in the pot for too long it will make the soup sour and affect the taste.

That’s it for the introduction. Do you know what kind of purple clay pot is suitable for making black tea? It also matters to choose the right purple clay pot when brewing black tea, which will make the tea taste better.