A lot depends on the right choice of teapot: no wonder the tea ceremony is an art where every detail is important! Some varieties of tea simply will not reveal their full potential if they are brewed in the “wrong” dishes with a violation of all technologies. If you love tea and want to get the most out of every cup you drink, you need to consider a lot of nuances.
Choosing a teapot is a delicate matter.
The main parameters to consider when buying a kettle:
Material. There are a lot of options. This includes ceramics, clay, glass, metal, and even cast iron. First, decide what types of tea you will brew. For example, for expensive pu-erh, oolong and black Chinese teas, it is better to choose teapots to match them – here Yixing clay, which can “remember” the brewed tea, is ideal. Glass and enameled ceramics are a versatile material that is suitable for most types of tea. But metal and cast iron are better to choose for inexpensive teas. Volume. The Chinese say, ” The smaller the teapot, the better the tea.” Therefore, real connoisseurs of tea prefer small teapots. Form. In the tea ceremony, you should not be distracted by anything: let beauty and harmony reign around you. Choose a convenient and beautiful teapot that you will enjoy using for a long time. Quality. Here it is better not to save money. A good kettle and ages well. Cheap teapots can quickly deteriorate, especially if they are made of clay or cast iron.
Among connoisseurs of tea ceremonies, there is such a thing as a “memory” teapot. Such a teapot, being hot, allows the unique tea tannins to penetrate the walls. With each brew, the richness of the tea becomes more and more intense, and the aroma becomes more intense.
Features of brewing tea in a teapot.
It is not enough just to choose a good teapot – you still need to be able to properly brew tea in it. In order for the selected variety of tea to reveal its full potential, follow the accepted rules:
Heat the kettle. To do this, fill it with boiling water for a third and let it warm up for 25-30 seconds. Drain the water and pour in the tea leaves. It usually requires about 2-3 g of tea per 250 ml of water.
Fill the tea with water. Boiling water is not recommended here – it can burn the leaves. The water should be moderately hot. Let the tea brew for 3-5 minutes (the larger the leaves, the more time it takes). Remove the teapot filter or pour the tea into another bowl.
That’s all – your tea is ready! It remains only to enjoy its unsurpassed taste and aroma. Do not rush, devote yourself to the tea ceremony completely, forgetting about everything in the world…