Clay: Zi Ni (closer in kiln making it darker). Medium Fired.
Size: 75 ml
Walls: Medium. Very Wide Opening.
Pour: +/- 6 sec. Few drips. Tight lid fit.
Source: Gift from Father!
Tea Pairing: Still Testing (Just received)
Info: I had a recent surprise package in the mail this week that contained two wonderful new Xiao Pin Yixing teapots that my father sent to me as a gift. This one being the first. It is a very dark Zi Ni and supposedly its from being closer to the firing process in the kiln. The color slightly resembles the Zi Ni Shui Ping from Essence of Tea that was just shown on here, however, it is a completely different Zi Ni clay and it makes much better tea and is a much much better size for me, as a matter of fact 75-80 ml is starting to be right at the sweet spot for me when it comes to full leaf expansion. Believe it or not even though this teapot is medium fired, it is still very dense and makes a very high pitched sound when tapped as if high fired but still has rounding qualities the way a medium fired Zi Ni should. My favorite part about this teapot is its long lid skirt like the old style. I have very few teapots with long lid skirts and it's something I have looked forward to as I remember Tim saying how effective long lid skirts can be in pressing the extra oils out of the leaves when packed to the brim O.G. Gong Fu Style sort of like a coffee press is I believe the analogy he used but I don't remember the exact wording so please don't take my words as verbatim. If anyone has any experience with extra dark Zi Ni like this with a very dense and metallic sounding structure please give your recommendations for pairing possibilities. I was thinking possibly Yan Cha or even Aged Sheng puerh could be a possibility. I tried a 1970's Liu An in it and it was magnificent!