Friday, June 09, 2006

Kung Fu Red

Tasting 2 Kung Fu Reds. 1st grade, Yixing Red, 3rd of March '06 Harvest vs. Pre-Ming Keemun super fine '05.

Using a 450ml Yixing Kung Fu Red Pot. A very generous gift from Master Jiang Meihua for visiting her studio last Fall.

Yixing Red is a day-to-day tea for most potters in Yixing, beside cooked puerh. The leaf size is similar to a Wuyi Shui Xian, so most of the local pots are larger with thicker wall, around 350-500ml for half-a-day brewing.


MarshalN said...

Hmmm, I like that pot. Simple and elegant.

~ Phyll said...

^ Agreed. 450ml? That's a big pot.

toki said...

Phyll, that's a regular traditional size in Yixing.
Only 2 full cups for me : )

~ Phyll said...

I see. I'm used to 200ml or less.

MarshalN said...

Well, big cups

I think the thing is brewing techniques changed, so that while those sizes are what used to be normal size, nowadays when we stuff our pot with 75% tea leaves when brewing a rock tea that's not so practical anymore, hence the small cups. I don't think people back then used that much leaves.

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