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New to Yixing, 1 teapot to one flavor?

by Arleina » Feb 15th 19 12:56 am

Hi,
I've been wanting to get a Yixing teapot but I just wanted to make sure about some stuff before I buy.
The general rule is to dedicate one teapot to one tea flavor. For instance, I love Sticky Rice Pu-erh and want to get a yixing teapot for this pu-erh.
I would possibly be able to brew shou pu-erh in this teapot too (if i wanted too) but not a different flavored pu-erh like Mandarin Pu-erh, right?

Or if I get a yixing teapot for Tie Guan Yin, I should only use it for Tie Guan Yin and not any other oolongs, right?

I hope some of this is making sense and that someone can help me. Thanks!

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Re: New to Yixing, 1 teapot to one flavor?

by tingjunkie » Feb 23rd 19 7:52 am

Generally speaking, Yixing are not used for flavored teas, but it's not against the law or anything. :D

When first starting out, you can brew different of tea in a pot, then narrow it down as you get more teapots. The worst that would happen is that you would have to reset the pot by boiling in clean water and start over.

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Re: New to Yixing, 1 teapot to one flavor?

by capri » Feb 26th 19 5:00 am

tingjunkie wrote: Generally speaking, Yixing are not used for flavored teas, but it's not against the law or anything. :D

When first starting out, you can brew different of tea in a pot, then narrow it down as you get more teapots. The worst that would happen is that you would have to reset the pot by boiling in clean water and start over.
Is boiling water and pouring into the teapot enough to reset the pot ?
how long should the water stay in there ?
Thanks!

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Re: New to Yixing, 1 teapot to one flavor?

by tingjunkie » Mar 1st 19 6:43 am

Depends on how used the pot is. Pouring a full kettle through the pot and then letting it sit overnight might be enough.

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Re: New to Yixing, 1 teapot to one flavor?

by imkvn » Apr 7th 19 7:34 pm

capri wrote:
tingjunkie wrote: Generally speaking, Yixing are not used for flavored teas, but it's not against the law or anything. :D

When first starting out, you can brew different of tea in a pot, then narrow it down as you get more teapots. The worst that would happen is that you would have to reset the pot by boiling in clean water and start over.
Is boiling water and pouring into the teapot enough to reset the pot ?
how long should the water stay in there ?
Thanks!
This sounds like blasphemy, but I would just drink it with the new tea. If it was drastically different from what was in there I'd soak it with the new tea. Brew the new tea and leave it in there for a night then throw it out in the morning. Brew a new brew let it sit till the pot eventually has the right flavor profile.

The drastic way would be to scrub it with a tooth brush and use different things to clean it out. Then re-season the pot. In the end your wasting a lot of tea.

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Re: New to Yixing, 1 teapot to one flavor?

by 12Tea » Apr 8th 19 10:35 am

I think you should just steep the sticky rice pu erh in an all-round gaiwan. I find Yixing teapots great for ripe pu erh, raw pu erh and dark oolong, and I recommend dedication one teapot for each of the types. To reset the flavor, it should be cooked, in a pan of hot water for at least one hour on low fire. It's quite cumbersome, so I would avoid it.