Wesli wrote:I was thinking about getting one...
But the thing is, I already have 2 pots from YSLLC, and I'm not impressed. They were the top pots he had for sale at the time (still only ~$30), and were recommended to me. When I got them, I was disappointed they didn't pass the sniff test. Further, the spouts and handles are slightly crooked. I still use them all the time and truly believe they enhance the experience. But the truth is, these pots have been pushed to the bottom of my list because I have a Red Blossom yixing, and one of Rishi's yixing, and they both blow these two YSLLC pots out of the water.
However, I don't know much about yixing, and am probably talking through my hat.
I have some of the "lao zhuni" ones from him; I think it's pretty safe to say are definitely not lao zhuni (hell, even based on the price I'd be pretty comfortable saying that), though they're not too bad. Scott has qualified his statements on the clay's origin, so hopefully he won't be offended by me saying this. I know Jason, Imen, and a lot of other folks like them, but I'm kinda "meh" on them so far. I have a really cheapie one from him, and I think it's so-so, also, though of course it was only $10 or so US.
All that said, I am curious about these pots, and might take one for the team and order one.
Would be great if anyone who speaks / reads Chinese well could do some searching and see if they can find out more information about the maker, her master, or the clay online. I have seen 'da hong pao
' clay teapots mentioned and for sale before, but I don't know much more about it, or how different the clay is from various modern red clays.