Wood-fired teapots for high-mountain oolong?
I’m still looking for a high-end but semi-affordable pot for my high-mountain oolongs, and noticed that Beautiful Taiwan Tea is offering their wood-fired teapots at 50% off this Black Friday. Does anyone own a pot from this company and can vouch for the quality? Do you know if they’re thin walled and would suit this type of tea? I’ve tried contacting the vendor, but they’re probably very busy and haven’t got back to me yet.
Any other suggestions for a good high-mountain oolong teapot would also be appreciated!
First, to choose tea utensils, you must know tea characters and follow tea characters, in order to choose the right tea utensils for the right tea. For example, to brew Oolong Tea, purple-clay teapot or lidded bowl is appropriated. To brew Black Tea, round porcelain pot would be better. To brew Advanced Green Tea, glass cups should be chosen, to brew Flower and Herbal teas or Romantic Black Tea, the cocktail goblet would be better. https://www.umiteasets.com/teapots/yixing-teapots.html I am also a tea lover, I bought a purple sand pot at this store last month, and the quality is not bad.I can recommend it to you
That teapot with the drip glaze is beautiful. I can’t speak to the quality of BTTC’s teaware since I’ve only purchased tea from them, but I own this purple clay teapot from TTC: https://www.taiwanteacrafts.com/product/small-pear-shaped-purple-clay-teapot/
It’s fairly inexpensive, thin, and works well with high mountain oolongs. That being said, I have a decided preference for porcelain when it comes to fragrant teas. Part of the gongfu experience is taking in those wonderful aromas which you can’t do so easily in a clay teapot. Most of the time, I’ll pair a glazed shibo or gaiwan with a clay pitcher to get the best of both worlds: the aroma trapped in the gaiwan lid and the flavor enhancing benefit of unglazed clay.
Thanks for your reply! I ended up buying one of the wood-fired pots. It’s now been taken off the website, but it was the furthest right on the top row. I also have a purple clay pot from TTC, though in another shape (pocket pearl, I think), but am not using it for anything. I really hope I won’t now have two unused clay teapots!
I agree that the aroma is a big part of a gongfu session, and my current inexpensive porcelain pot captures it well. I’ll have to see how much a clay pot affects the brewing process. I like your idea of combining a clay pitcher with a porcelain gaiwan/pot, though I don’t have any clay pitchers or cups at the moment.
Good deal. Being Taiwanese made, your wood fired pot should be well suited for high mountain oolongs. And I’m sure you can find another use for the other TTC teapot. Possibly roasted oolong or black tea as my other TTC Xi Shi teapot is dedicated to.
The wood-fired teapot is actually made from Japanese clay, which gave me pause, but we’ll see. My TTC pot is a bit small for black teas at 80 ml, but could work for roasted oolongs. There really should be a guide for these things, as I’m very confused!