victoria3 wrote:TeaArt08 & NPE thanks for your replies. I'm beginning to get into high mountain oolongs and so far have only brewed in glazed or glass vessels. I am curious do your unglazed pots have any smell of clay or as someone else mentioned rock? Also, if you leave just water in the teapot overnight does the taste of water change? I assume there must be minerals in the clay...
Yes...definitely minerals in the clay: The other night I pulled out four pots, poured 95 deg.C water into each pot and then poured this water into porcelain cups to taste the water from each pot, the flavor of the clay. The differences in taste, to me, are noticable. The Hojo tea kyusu (Shimizu Ken Sado Red Clay Reduction Fired pot) had a distinctly different scent than Andrzej Bero's small pot. Both of these pots differed distinctly from the Hongni and the Pingni pot I also tested. Each had a really different flavor.
After emptying the water from the pots, each pot had a distinct smell. Though none of them had a muddy or unpleasant smell. The Shimizu Ken kyusu has a distinct scent that I understand internally but don't know how to relate in words (soft/bland/stone?). Andrzej's pot had a very fresh/light scent, not as earthy as the Shimizu Ken kyusu. The Hongni pot had an almost earthy/spicy scent and that could be due to it formerly being in my father-in-law's office in Taiwan. (the smell reminds me of his office
). The Pingni pot was richer than the Hongni pot.
I haven't left water in the clay pots overnight. Though I am open to trying it and reporting back. I have left, as a test, the same water in a silver pot, iron tetsubin, and a stainless Bonavita pot for 24 hours and each water tastes drastically different. I have then poured these waters into different cups to taste the difference of each water in different cups. I have two silver pots that I sometimes brew with and one iron tetsubin that I brew water with, as well as a glazed ceramic (Japanese style) pot, but primarily brew water in my Bonavita stainless pot. I'd like to get a Lin's clay pot, possibly Purion, which really affects the water, to brew in as well.