Choosing and buying the right teapot is as exciting –and as challenging– as choosing and buying tea. While it may all boil down to your preference, considering certain factors could help you pick the perfect teapot for your next tea time.
Here are some tips to get you started.
Check the Material
You’ll find teapots made of different materials, such as glass, clay, ceramic, porcelain, and cast iron.
Common concerns among some tea lovers are flavor absorption and heat retention. Some teapots, such as those made of clay, absorb flavor. If you want to enhance your tea infusion, think about getting a clay teapot.
When buying a clay teapot, keep in mind that it’s not recommended to brew different types of tea with it. As the teapot absorbs flavor, brewing various kinds of tea could eventually affect the flavor of your drink.
What type of teapot should you use if you’re brewing a range of tea flavors? Safe and neutral options are glass and glazed ceramic teapots.
Think About the Size and Shape
For many tea lovers, the shape of the teapot relies on the type of tea you're going to brew. For instance, it's better to use a flatter teapot for aromatic types of tea, such as flower tea. For black tea and other types of "taste tea", such as Scottish breakfast tea, use the traditional round tea pot.
Some people are also particular about the size and height of the spout. According to some, it should be higher or even with the lid to avoid the mess of pouring tea and having it trickle down side of your teapot.
If you’re serving a huge group of people often, it might be a good idea to buy a big teapot so you could serve everyone with one brew. When making tea for two, consider getting a small one.
You wouldn’t want to worry about not having enough tea for everyone during tea time, do you? Choosing the right size of teapot is important.
Consider One With an Infuser
Not all teapots come with a strainer. Sure, it’s nice to let the leaves sit in the pot while you enjoy your cup of tea but that could easily lead to overbrewing.
A convenient way to make tea with a teapot is to use one with a strainer or brewer basket. The strainer allows you to remove the leaves after your desired brewing time and then re-steep later if you want more tea.
Your choice of teapot could affect the flavor of your tea and your overall tea experience. Pick the right one and you’ll always have memorable tea times with your family and friends.
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