Hey Folks! Time to thin out the Yixing herd to help pay for a lovely chawan I couldn't pass up. This pot performs very well, but I just don't use it enough and would like to see a TeaChatter get some use out of her.
Sorry for the dark lighting here...Clay:
Pin Zi Ni. High fired for zi ni. Rings when tapped.Size:
Modern- late 2000's.Walls:
+/- 5 sec. Multiple hole filter. Crazy fast! No drips. Perfect lid fit. Stops on a dime when the vent hole is covered.Source:
Shop in Flushing, QueensTea Pairing:
Japanese green tea, Chinese green tea, or Gao Shan (Taiwanese high mountain oolong).Info:
I'm sure the pot was made for export to the Japanese market- it is quite high fired for a zi ni pot, which points to its intended use with Japanese green teas (a lower fired clay will begin to smell funky with sencha, gyokuro, etc). When I bought it, I knew the small lid opening was going to be a limiting tea-pairing factor and would rule out any tea with long/twisted leaves. The walls are very thick and hold in heat quite well. I already have a nice Tokoname kyusu for Japanese greens, and honestly I don't drink them all that much to begin with. On the advice of a friend, I tried some Gao Shan in the pot. I was worried the purple clay would take too much of the aroma and high notes away, but as it turns out, it didn't. It made a truly excellent brew in fact. The thick walls really threw a ton of heat at the tea (what I think Gao Shan really needs in order to shine) and brought out a new depth of flavor.
Just to avoid the headache of eBay listing, I'll let her go to a new loving home for $40 + shipping