David R. wrote:I have bought a couple of good quality teapots for such oolong, and as a matter of fact, I am always coming back to porcelain... Actually, I have now bought a better quality gaiwan for these teas.
I am not saying that it will always be better than a teapot, but that is what I prefer. You always have the risk that a teapot will rub off too many fragrance and floral notes. It depends on what you are looking for in these teas.
Interesting. I certainly do love my gaiwan set. What a brilliant device the gaiwan is.
So what is the draw of, say, a dedicated pot for Li Shan or these high mountain oolongs? What's the "big feature", if I may put it that way?
Obviously, they look lovely and traditional and will look even better with age. But if there is no improvement in the tea, or worse, if these will take away from the tea, then what is the point?
I'm not trying to knock clay teaware, I'm just trying to understand what they will do to oolongs that makes them sought-after.
If some people's experience is anything to go by, there is definitely something going on there. I mean, let's take Herb's testimony here:viewtopic.php?f=3&t=15269
Just reading it is pretty mind-blowing. I'm going to want to get in on some of that. Sure enough, there's a clay pot involved!