Since old memorial until today looks played an important role in general but especially in the art of tea ceremony. From teacups and teapots to the surrounding atmosphere, tea lovers make sure that everything is in perfect harmony. Although there isn’t something as the best teapot material that beats them all consider the following. It is best wise to look at your preferences and pick the perfect one for you!
It’s one of the elements that help in the creation of a good tea. The way you feel affects the way you taste your tea. These elements are not chosen by chance and everything around you can affect the way you enjoy your tea.
Just imagine yourself and feel the differences that will occur when you drink your tea at a busy food and drinks restaurant and if you were to drink it at an Asian themed tea spot.
Teapots are one of those elements, with teapots even if you drink it at a restaurant if it is brought to you in a clay teapot it will influence the way you will feel about your teacup, you will drink it with a more dignified feeling.
Clay is the best teapot material in terms of how your tea will taste like but it isn’t recommended for those that like trying dozens of tea.
If it was poured from a boring kettle then it would be just as good as quickly drinking a glass of water. Not that there’s anything wrong with water but my guess is that you would drink a cup of tea to fully enjoy it right?
Today I’m going to talk about some various types of teapots, porcelain, clay, glass and more…
If you’re a newcomer to the tea culture or you want to replace your current teapot you can read in the following paragraphs a small description about the most popular teapots currently available.
Clay Teapot – It could also be called the teapot that has memory because the longer you use it the more likely it is that the material will absorb the different aromas of teas that you make in it. It is perfect if you don’t have or don’t intend to drink a wide variety of teas and you have a few teas that you stick with. It’s not for the „adventurous” types. When you wash it use just cold water so that it’s quality to absorb and keep an aroma is protected. This is the best teapot material for those that like sticking to 2 or 3 types of teas (preferably white, black or green tea).
Porcelain Teapot – In almost all movies, if you recall, when someone sitting at a table is served from a shiny teapot, the steam is rising, you see the actor sipping from the cup and you think „I’d love a cup of tea right now!”, well, generally this is the type of teapot that they use, porcelain. It’s the most used today, their very cheap and have many models and colors. They are easiest to clean. This is perfect for your first teapot. Be careful though, they are very fragile.
Glass Teapots – This type doesn’t have any kind of memory so you can basically make hundreds of different teas in it. Perfect for the one who always tries something new. It can be easily washed (even in the dishwashing machine) and you can see through it and admire the color of the tea. They can be stored in the fridge, especially in the summer when we want to drink some ice cold tea. This is the best teapot material for those that like to experiment with dozens of tea types.
Brown Betty Teapots – It is often used in Great Britain, it’s where this teapot was first made and it’s an original symbol of Great Britain! With a simple design and an easier shade of color, this teapot can resist in time. After a couple of infusions, you will notice that the tea starts to get a more intense taste. This is the best teapot material for those that like the English culture, stick to 2-3 types of teas and like minimalist designs.
Silver Teapots – Not the cheapest, the silver teapot is one of the most resistant and best looking. It became popular around the 17th century. Its a bit trickier to make but the good side is that it very well retains tea at an optimal temperature, in other words, it is kept nice and hot for longer.
Tetsubin Teapots – If green or white tea is your favorite then the Tetsubin teapot is best for you. Thanks to the material that its made of its probably the most durable of all. On the interior, it is painted with a paint that is safe for the job (meaning that you can safely heat and drink your tea) in order to prevent oxidation. When washing you must avoid using abrasive things like brushes.