IPT wrote:I ALWAYS use different teapots and cups for each new tea I brew.
I try hard to use all of my teacups so I always use different ones. One of my favorite parts of a tea session has to be when I go into the tea vault and pick out a tea and its corresponding teapot and then pick out a teacup. I have an antique tea tray that I place the items on, then I carry the tea and tea ware to my desk. It kind of adds to the ritual.
Pretty similar actually. I first pick the tea, then scout for the right pot, and then the right cup(s) ... everything must suit the tea and the moment, the mood ... this greatly enhances each tea, personally.
Each tea consists of a repeat of the same procedure, never the same pot twice in the same day. However sometimes for simplicity, the cup will carry over to the next tea, but only if it still suits the new tea and the moment/mood.