A pitcher is a practical accessory that makes preparing tea more convenient:
- No need to wait for everybody's cup to be empty and back next to the brewer to make the next brew,
- It's easy to empty your gaiwan or teapot in the pitcher,
- Everybody receives the same concentration level of tea from the pitcher.
1. Scents. Every time you pour a hot liquid into another vessel, the temperature of the liquid drops a few degrees. Therefore, if you pour tea into a pitcher and then into the cups, it will be cooler than if you pour directly into the cups. This matters, because the hotter the tea, the more scents it releases.
When I manage not to spill any tea outside the cups, I am often rewarded with a sense of flow, a beautiful sensation of harmony. And the tea from these cups feels particularly good. This is how tea gives you a direct feedback on your state of mind.
This full day of Oolong brewing went really well and we finished it with my 2001 Concubine Oolong from Yong Lung (Dong Ding).
This was a perfect tea to share and to mark this special occasion that brought us together in this Prag winter garden. Thanks again to all the participants and to Zdenek for his very kind hospitality.
Dzin TeaRacer for all the pictures where I'm on.