Different teapots are suited to different needs, and it boils down to what materials they are made from. Material can affect both the leaves and flavour, so to get the best brew out of your teas they should be prepared with the correct teapot. Seems pedantic, but I promise it’s im-pot-ant! Ayyeeee
Sorry … but anyways, teapots!
The classic ceramic teapot is pretty much perfect … although many are pretty AND perfect! Ceramic teapots retain heat well. This means they are suited to teas brewed at high temperatures or for an extended period of time. However lighter tea varieties will brew fine. What’s more, they do not absorb flavours, so your afternoon Earl Grey won’t taste like that morning’s English Breakfast. I recommend having one of these as a go-to teapot; a ceramic will always get the job done well.
Though similar to ceramic, the major downfall of porcelain teapots is their lack of heat retention. Not ideal for teas brewed very hot, they are still great for lower temperature teas, e.g. your green and white teas. To make this teapot more versatile, swish some boiling water around it before steeping tea leaves to keep it as hot as possible.
Metal teapots can absorb the flavours of your tea, carrying it over to your next brew. They can over-steep delicate teas due to their high heat retention, so avoid brewing your sweet whites and grassy greens in here! They are suited for rich, heavy teas and will bring out their flavours. You may notice a metallic taste at times though!
I do not have much experience with glass teapots, but I do know: glass teapots are fantastic for the visuals, less so for heat retention. Stick to lighter tea varieties when brewing. However for tea parties, or teas with flowers etc. glass teapots can impress, and watching tea brew is brew-tea-ful. They are a useful addition to your teapot family, but not the go-to teapot.
Clay teapots are great for brewing the same teas over and over again, as they retain the flavours of the tea. The downside to this is that they aren’t so great for brewing different teas! The full benefits of this will be reaped with black or oolong teas, which will retain some flavour but not too much. Please note I do not own a clay teapot and so base my knowledge on what I have learnt from others.
Now you know a little more a-spout tailoring your teapot to your tea! Try it for your next brew – you might just be surprised how much it can make or break your cuppa. Let us know how you go in the comments below!
Happy sipping tea lovers xx