yanom wrote:Redbaron: are those small pots in the 30ml to, say, 60ml bracket? I always felt in a Chinese context 80ml to 120ml counts as "small".
Presumably, it's also rare to do the whole trying several teas in one day thing on your own -- that hobbyist approach would be done with fellow hobbyists or collectors?
Drinking tea simply to enjoy, and doing it alone, doesn't need anything smaller than 100ml, if you're just having one puerh that day and plan to get a couple of hours worth out of it.
Most Chinese i know use 80ml as the smallest, to 120 ml pots. I am not so familiar with size count in ml, most here count by 2 cup, 4 cup, etc.
The 2 cup pots (which i guess are somewhere around 60 ml) are usually only used when people drink alone, which is quite rare. In the tea centers, tea drinking and appreciation is quite a social thing as well.
Also, more important than size is quality of the pot, quality of clay, age, etc.
Many people say that less than 2 cup is too small for the tea to properly develop, and ideal is the range of 80 to 120 ml. My favorite pots are about 80ml, when i drink alone (which i mostly do).
But some other say that even bigger pots are better. Who knows?
I have one pocket traveling pot, which is really tiny. At home i generally use it only when i am in a mood for tea, but don't really want to take in much liquid, or if i have only very little good water left, and am too lazy to get some.
I have some 120 ml (i guess, they are around 4 cup size) pots, i mostly use them, when alone, when i have some not so valuable tea, and drink it over the day and into the evening.
I am most comfortable though with my (about) 80ml pots. Any more, and i will have difficulties to finish. And i am mostly not into sessions over several days, i think the tea looses too much in taste when left overnight. And especially in this climate not so good bacteria can grow and develop quickly.