Pouring tea can be fun!
Yay, it’s Friday. erm, I’ve got my days, off; rather it’s Thursday, at least in the States!
Just for fun (what is life about anyway, if not about enjoying our time here and now?) I have been trying more ‘exotic’ ways of pouring tea. I have read about some types of gong fu brewing where they pour the tea from a much higher position than where the cup with the tea actually waits to be filled. btw, here’s a cool video on Teavivre’s website that’s pretty amazing http://www.teavivre.com/tea-videos/pujiang-tea-factory-the-long-pot-show-p-19/ When I pour from one of my standard, ceramic six-cup teapot (which just so happens to have a high, narrow spout—my guess is the design of the spout is critical to get this to work) while pouring I can move the pot slowly up and away from the cup, and not spill much more than a drop. It’s somewhat dramatic, and surprisingly easy.
ADDITION: Here is a picture of what my spout looks like, at least: tall, relatively straight, and narrow http://www.amazon.com/Harold-Imports-32-Ounce-Capacity-English/dp/B001W8SNQC/ref=sr_1_4?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1338511568&sr=1-4
Anyone else use somewhat exotic pouring techniques?
I always pour from fairly high up. Trying to cram as much oxygen in the tea as possible.
Pouring can be a whole lot more fun pouring from one of these; I know basically nothing about Pinterest, but it looks like these are just for show (not for sale), so it should be safe to view them (safe for your wallet/pocketbook, that is):
I think a spout shaped like these would be ideal for the kind of directed pouring I am trying to describe http://pinterest.com/pin/99923685452162024/ http://pinterest.com/pin/99923685452274628/ tall, straight and narrow spouts.