This blog has often discussed the impact of the tea cup on the feel of the tea. Color, thickness of the cup, shape... have an impact on tea. This is not something particular to tea. Wine glasses are well known to have different shapes for different wines. This cup has one of the most classic shape I can think of.
I don't have any 'hard information' concerning its history, so I'll give you the poetic legend provided by the potter making this cup: "The singing cup dates from the Sung dynasty. A devoted Taoist dreamed of several cups on a table. The god of fortune told him that if someone poured wine or tea in this cup and gently rubbed the edge of the cup with his finger, the cup would sing. The god of fortune would hear this sound and make your dreams come true. After waking up, this person hired craftsmen and it took them several years to produce the cup he had seen in his dream. The walls were so thin that it would indeed produce a sound. When the emperor heard about it, he ordered that the singing cups be only used at the imperial court."
The color of this cup is Qingbai (Qing stands for green, celadon and bai for white). So it's close to white with a touch of green. You can see the singing cup above left. On the right are 2 celadon cups. Below left is a completely white cup. A low oxidized Oolong is inside these cups. The tea looks a little yellow in the small white cup, green in the Qingbai cup and very green in the celadon cups.
One cup weighs only 43 grams. It holds around 4 to 5 cl when filled normally and 8 cl when filled to the top. The walls are so thin and the angle of the rim leaves a space for the lips to rest comfortably on the smooth glazed surface. It gives a feeling of lightness that is almost completely opposite to my celadon cups. Therefore, it fits light teas (High Mountain Oolongs, young raw puerhs, green teas) particularly well.
And if you want to hear it sing, just play the video below:
Cette coupe chantante est un nouvel ajout à ma sélection. Fine et légère, elle convient particulièrement bien aux thés les plus légers (Oolongs de haute montagne, puerhs crus jeunes, thés verts). Elle pèse 43 grammes et contient 4-5 cl remplie de manière normale et 8 cl à ras bord. Elle coûte autant qu'une coupe peinte à la main.
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