Never fear, Meimei! I have the solution to your Tea-related Problem!
Fortunately for you, we are holidaying in the Great Island of Tea. The Father-Outlaw is a great tea connoisseur and an expert in all things tea-related, and thus I have asked his advice on selecting good tea-making implements.
1. I’m a little teapot
Teapots are often classified by the number of cups of tea that they can make in one go. I personally prefer a 3-4 cup size teapot, because it is large enough to be accommodating when one is entertaining, but it is not so big as to be unwieldy when full of boiling hot water.
2. Short and stout
The shape of the teapot is of course, very important! Teatime is warm and friendly time, and requires non-angular implements. I like a round teapot that squats in state on the end of the table, steaming merrily to itself. .
3. The spout and rim
If you look at the inner workings of a good teapot, it should look something like this:
– Firstly, you may observe that the inner bore of the spout is very a large oval shape. This allows for a quick and unimpeded flow of tea which means that you reduce spillage caused by Slow Tea Dribble.
– Secondly, you may notice that the inner bore of the spout slopes down to the bottom of the pot. This means that even if you have a small amount of liquid left, you do not have to tilt the teapot to a ridiculous angle to get the last drops of deliciousness out. This greatly reduces the dreaded Lid Drip, when the tea spills out from the lid of the pot, burning your hand.
– Thirdly, the rim of the teapot is not perfectly round, but has an additional guard at the spout end, further preventing Lid Drip.
So there you have it, all the information that you need in order to select a good, clean-pouring, drip-free teapot!
By the way, in case you were wondering, the Outlaws do take their tea very seriously, very seriously indeed.
In fact, this is what happens to teapots that fail to meet the standards…
They are beheaded and strung up upon the stone wall for all to gaze upon.
Oh, the horror and the shame.