Matching oolong roast for Yixing teapots


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Matching oolong roast for Yixing teapots

Postby Bef » May 11th, '14, 07:33

Hi,

I have bought two Yixing teapots. One for green oolongs, the other for darker oolongs.

I'm trying to figure out in which of these teapots I should use for the oolongs in the middle, such as a medium roasted Dong Ding?

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Postby bonescwa » May 11th, '14, 09:01

Whichever one produces the result you like better.
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Postby Bef » May 11th, '14, 09:49

bonescwa wrote:Whichever one produces the result you like better.


I don't have any experince with Yixing, so I was just looking for some advice as a starting point...
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Matching oolong roast for Yixing teapots

Postby blairswhitaker » May 11th, '14, 09:55

If you can taste the roast use the one for darker roasts. This way your lighter roast pot doesn't take on a roast flavor that is easily imparted to lighter teas.
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Re: Matching oolong roast for Yixing teapots

Postby the_economist » May 11th, '14, 10:18

Try both pots with both teas and see what you like. My instinct would be to send mid-roast to the darker oolongs.
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Re: Matching oolong roast for Yixing teapots

Postby ethan » May 11th, '14, 13:08

I suggest that you wait a few months before using either pot for mid-roast. If both pots get "seasoned" you have a choice to make; but, if that is not the case, then you don't need to choose. I've had yixing pots that remained neutral. Those pots seemed to do nothing for any tea nor take any character from tea. Of course, a few months might not be enough time for pots not getting a lot of use.
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Re: Matching oolong roast for Yixing teapots

Postby MarshalN » May 14th, '14, 21:24

You're overthinking it - use both for all types, or just stick with whichever pot is better. That's what the pros (guys with decades of tea drinking) do.
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Re: Matching oolong roast for Yixing teapots

Postby Bef » May 14th, '14, 21:57

MarshalN wrote:You're overthinking it - use both for all types, or just stick with whichever pot is better. That's what the pros (guys with decades of tea drinking) do.


So you would recommend using the same yixing pot for very high roast and oxydized oolongs and nuclear green oolongs?
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Re: Matching oolong roast for Yixing teapots

Postby Bef » May 14th, '14, 21:57

blairswhitaker wrote:If you can taste the roast use the one for darker roasts. This way your lighter roast pot doesn't take on a roast flavor that is easily imparted to lighter teas.


Kind of makes sense I guess.
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Re: Matching oolong roast for Yixing teapots

Postby kyarazen » May 14th, '14, 22:03

Bef wrote:
MarshalN wrote:You're overthinking it - use both for all types, or just stick with whichever pot is better. That's what the pros (guys with decades of tea drinking) do.


So you would recommend using the same yixing pot for very high roast and oxydized oolongs and nuclear green oolongs?


it can be done if you keep the pot hygienic and clean so that there's no carry over.

i'm not a "fan" of those fantasies to which people think that by adding hot water to a pot they can get "tea"
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Re: Matching oolong roast for Yixing teapots

Postby jayinhk » May 14th, '14, 22:24

I tend to drink anything roasted in my pots and anything very green (fresh TW high mountain oolong) in porcelain so I can taste the full spectrum of flavors. I'll usually try a medium roasted oolong in both porcelain and clay to see which I prefer for a given tea.
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