Tead Off wrote:When you are trying to decide if a pot is good for a particular type of tea, are you doing the side by side Hojo test with other pots using the same tea? For me, this is the only accurate way to judge. It goes like this:
Brew the tea in a glass or porcelain vessel.
Empty into a glass or porcelain fair cup.
Pour equal amounts into each empty teapot that is being tested.
Pour into porcelain cups for the comparative tasting. It works!
Yep, exactly. (Except I call it the Michael Wong method.)
In comparing the effects from the pot(s) to the sample straight from the faircup, I focus on aroma, up front flavors, mouthfeel, and finish (in that order). After that initial stage of testing, if I think I've found a good match, I'll then brew a full session or two with that tea just to make sure.
I've also come to discover a lot can be learned from the smell under the pot lid after the tea has been marinating the pot for a minute. If the lid smells fragrant, pure, sweet and complex, then it's often a good match. If the lid aroma is muddled, unfocussed, clay-heavy, or weak, then it's often a bad match. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule.
Sometimes I'll like the way a pot brews a particular tea, but I won't be able to define why. It just IS. I've heard of some folks detecting a difference in Qi with the same tea, depending on what pot is used. I guess my Jedi training has not yet reached this level, as that's beyond me.