丨This article was originally created by Xiao Chen Chashi
丨First published in the headline: Xiao Chen Tea Affair
丨Author: Village Gu Chen
When it comes to tea making sets, purple clay pots are definitely a key point that cannot be ignored, among many tea sets, purple clay pots are considered to be a “big coffee” level existence, and all tea drinkers will collect several purple clay pots.
These purple clay pots are either used for daily brewing or purely for collection purposes.
When it comes to the brewing benefits of purple clay pots, there are quite a few to say.
For example, the purple clay pot in the eyes of tea lovers is like this:
Purple clay is a kind of purple red or light purple iron oxide content of clay, because the purple clay pot body is not glazed, so there is still a large water absorption and porosity after firing.
Good adsorption gas performance and air permeability, and good tea color, aroma and taste are good.
Other useful features include the advantages of not being hot and not easy to burst. Because the purple clay pot conducts heat slowly, although it is made with boiling water, it is not hot. At the same time, it can also be placed on a simmer to boil tea, which is not easy to burn.
It’s like a baby.
But tea lovers have also heard of “one pot does not serve two teas”, which means that the same pot cannot brew 2 kinds of tea at the same time, which restricts the comprehensiveness of purple clay pot tea.
The reason is that because the purple clay pot belongs to a double pore structure, it is easy to absorb the soup and aroma, and the teapot is not easy to clean, it is easy to leave a brew of tea soup taste, which will affect the overall taste of this tea, so there is a saying of “one pot does not serve two teas”.
Tea lovers have to be entangled in their daily purchases, which tea is the most suitable for this purple clay pot?
Green tea, yellow tea, white tea are not suitable for brewing in purple clay pots
In China, tea can be divided into six categories, followed by green tea, yellow tea, white tea, oolong tea, black tea, and black tea.
Different types of tea have different production standards and different characteristics.
For example, green tea belongs to unfermented tea, all are tea made from buds, especially Mingqian tea and Yuqian tea, which are made of delicate tea leaves with delicate buds, and are not suitable for brewing in purple clay pots.
The purple clay pot has good heat preservation, which is easy to make green tea yellow and stuffy, and at the same time easy to stuff bitter taste. And the purple clay pot has a long water output time, which is not conducive to the brewing of green tea.
To brew green tea, it is best to use a clear glass, brew it with a water temperature of 85 ° C and above, and do not close the lid when brewing.
Yellow tea, belongs to light fermentation tea tea, the bud head is also more delicate, also not suitable for purple clay pot brewing, if brewed with purple clay pot, easy to make the tea soup bitter, tea quality damaged.
Similarly, the white tea made back then is not suitable for brewing in a purple clay pot, which will also destroy the overall fresh taste of white tea, making the tea soup strong and bitter.
Black tea, black tea, and oolong tea can be brewed in a purple clay pot
Black tea, which is post-fermented tea. In the post-fermentation process, the participation of microorganisms is required, and in the process of transformation, if the temperature and humidity are not well controlled, it is easy to make black tea have a musty taste.
Purple clay pot is a porous material with double pore structure, fine pores and high density. Using a purple clay pot to brew black tea does not lose the original taste, and can activate the aroma of the tea, the more you can get the true aroma and taste of the tea juice. After some peculiar smells are absorbed by the purple clay pot, the original aroma of black tea can be better released, thus ensuring the mellow taste of the tea soup.
Theoretically, black tea can also be brewed in a purple clay pot. To brew black tea, you can choose purple mud, red mud, slope mud and other mud made of teapots, with a capacity of more than 200 ml.
There are 3 reasons to use a purple clay pot to make black tea and oolong tea (but if it is rock tea, if you want to drink the original taste of rock tea, you still prefer a white porcelain lid bowl).
1. The double porous structure of the purple clay pot can better adapt to sudden changes in cold and heat.
2. The heat preservation of purple clay pot is better.
3. The purple clay pot is very easy to absorb the taste, can leave the tea fragrance on the wall of the pot, often use the purple clay pot to brew the same tea, it has formed a special delicacy of “one pot serving one tea”.
To sum up: Theoretically, semi-fermented, fully fermented or post-fermented tea is suitable for brewing in purple clay pots.
Tea leaves such as green tea, white tea, yellow tea, because their tea tips are more delicate, if they are smothered in a purple clay pot, they will often cause the tea leaves to rot and lose their original true fragrance.
So in fact, is the purple clay pot really suitable for brewing these tea leaves?
It depends on what our definition of brewing tea is.
Whether you want to evaluate the quality of a tea or purely for pleasure and entertainment.
If we want to professionally evaluate the quality of a tea, it is best not to use a purple clay pot.
The pores present in the purple clay pot will absorb the tea aroma and tea soup, which can easily affect the overall taste of the tea soup, and the tea leaves after polishing the purple clay pot will affect our judgment of the quality of the tea.
In many tea reviews, we will find that the frequency of tea utensils made of white porcelain is the highest, white porcelain tea cups, white porcelain lid bowls, etc., are used in the evaluation of tea.
If you usually play and have no professional requirements, it is also possible to brew in a purple clay pot. While drinking tea, you can also raise a pot, which can be said to kill two birds with one stone.
After all, in the eyes of enthusiasts, purple clay pots also have these 6 benefits.
1. Use a purple clay pot to make tea, no chemical changes, no fragrance, and the tea taste is mellow and fragrant.
2. The purple clay pot has a dense structure, pores that cannot be seen by the naked eye, and has good air permeability, and the tea soup tea leaves in the long-term storage pot are not easy to become tasty.
3. The wall of the sand pot can absorb tea juice, contain aroma, be used for a long time, and store residual fragrance.
4. The purple clay pot is not afraid of drastic changes in hot and cold.
5. The purple clay pot conducts heat slowly, is easy to use, and is not easy to burn your hands.
6. The longer the purple clay pot is used, the more crystal and lustrous, the older the age, and the color does not allow the golden stone. It has a high collector’s value.
Finally, Village Aunt Chen suggested that when drinking tea daily, it is best to prepare a white porcelain lid bowl for brewing when we have the conditions.
To know that drinking tea is a very ceremonial thing, after we fully understand the advantages and disadvantages of a tea, use purple clay pot brewing to know the difference between different tea utensils to make tea.
Although the purple clay pot is good, don’t ignore the shortcomings that it will absorb the aroma of tea and tea soup.
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