CHOOSING THE RIGHT TEAPOT

The essential accessory for tea tasting is undoubtedly the teapot. Round, flat, made of terracotta, glass, cast iron… There is something for every shape and taste! We shed light on the different teapots to help you choose the one that suits you best.

Tasting a tea is an art. Water quality and temperature, infusion time, colour and leaf quality are all parameters to be considered. The choice of teapot plays a crucial role in the infusion and tasting of your tea. Thus, it is the material of the teapot that will guide your choice in the first instance.

SO-CALLED “MEMORY” TEAPOTS

Unglazed terracotta teapots are porous and therefore retain the aromas as the infusions progress. It is said that the teapot “breeches” over time, i.e. a blackish deposit forms on the walls. This will allow the teapot to retain the aromas of the infusions and then release them. They are particularly suitable for black teas and wulong teas. But be careful to use one teapot for each family or colour of tea! Over time, your terracotta teapot will get stuck and you will be able to obtain a real harmonic line, as long as you do not mix the aromas. By taking care of your teapot, it will take on aromas and will increase in value over time. Thus, the teapots of some great tea masters, cleverly crafted for months or even years, are sold at a golden price in second hand!

THE “MEMORY-FREE” TEAPOTS

If you like to change teas regularly, or just don’t have enough space in your kitchen, “memory-free” teapots will be more suitable for your consumption. These are teapots made of cast iron, glass, porcelain or glazed clay. Once washed, they do not retain the aromas of previous infusions. This way, you can brew all families of tea without affecting the following infusions. Note that melting also has the advantage of keeping the tea warm for one to two hours.

OUR ADVICE TO CHOOSE YOUR TEA WELL

Choosing the right tea can sometimes be a little intimidating. There are thousands of different varieties. The good news is that many teas have a character of their own. So chances are you’ll find the right shoe for you.

This short guide – without pretension – will guide you to define the tea of your dreams.

1- Are you looking for a real tea or herbal tea?

What we call “real tea” is actually a drink obtained from the leaves of a tea plant, Latin name “camelia sinensis”. A tea – often made from dried plants or flowers – is therefore not a tea in the strict sense but rather an infusion. It will also not contain caffeine.

2- Are you looking for a natural or flavoured tea?

A natural tea is a tea made from 100%… tea leaves. The aromas and flavours it gives off are the result of its terroir (soil and climate) and its method of production. A little like wine, it allows you to appreciate the know-how of its creator.

A flavoured tea is a tea to which natural flavouring agents have been added (essential oils, fruit pieces, flower petals, dried leaves…)

If you are tempted by a flavoured tea, you can choose the following flavours:
– fruity tea: red fruits, exotic fruits, orchard fruits…
– spicy tea: vanilla, cinnamon, chilli, ginger…
– flower tea: rose, jasmine, lavender, orange blossom…
– gourmet tea: chocolate, caramel, mint….

3- Are you looking for a rather strong or light tea?

If you are looking for a tea with a strong taste, for example with pronounced bitterness and generous tannins, we recommend Kenyan teas and Indian teas (Assam). You should also like tea blends, such as English Breakfast or English Blend.

If you are looking for a more balanced cup, with discreet tannins, a light bitterness and a great freshness in the mouth you can choose a Darjeeling First Flush, Chinese green teas or Japanese teas.