Sat/Sun TeaDay 8/13-14/11 CURRENT FAVES, teapot?

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Your CURRENT fave teapot (or brew vessel) is ... ? Please share details (and a photo if able) including why it is your current fave.

It is a Yixing
8
29%
Kyusu
9
32%
Glass pot
2
7%
English style pot
0
No votes
Gaiwan
4
14%
Houjin/Shiboridashi
4
14%
Korean pot
0
No votes
Western Artisan
1
4%
Other
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 28

Re: Sat/Sun TeaDay 8/13-14/11 CURRENT FAVES, teapot?

Postby jaderabbit » Aug 14th, '11, 08:03

The only vessels I have suitable for tea brewing are a gaiwan and whatever tall glass cup that's clean.
I find yixing kind of a pain to use, because you have to pour hot water on the outside than on the inside to get it all warmed up so it doesn't crack. Too much prep time. I'm lazy. :roll:

Sencha grandpa-style today.
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Re: Sat/Sun TeaDay 8/13-14/11 CURRENT FAVES, teapot?

Postby JRS22 » Aug 14th, '11, 10:01

Yesterday I said that my favorite teaware is usually my newest. Today I've decided it's whatever I've used most recently to produce good tea. I've been drinking my way through my 2010 gyo learning to steep it properly with my O-Cha shiboridashi set. I began with the least expensive gyo, moved on to O-Cha Yame gyo, and soon I'll be ready to open the upscale gyos that are waiting their turns.

The yuzamashi and cups are made to "fit" the Shiboridashi so I don't have to guess at water quantity. I set my new kettle at 150* and figure that a few pours back and forth between the shib and the yuzamashi will reduce the temp to about 140*. I still weigh the tea, but the rest of the process is more relaxing than if I need to measure everything. Just right for a cool Sunday morning.
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Re: Sat/Sun TeaDay 8/13-14/11 CURRENT FAVES, teapot?

Postby bob » Aug 14th, '11, 10:02

My favorite teapot is my only Yixing one: 130 mL, modern zhuni, Shui Ping design. I bought it before I knew much about Yixing teapots, because I wanted a red teapot for red tea (oolong is often called red tea here, in contrast to green and black). It works well with TGY, but unfortunetely it's no good for Phoenix Dancong, so I dedicated it to greener oolongs.

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My second favorite pot is the green Tokoname kyushu I bought in Tokyo for green teas. I've been using it quite a lot this summer, but it's too big for 1 person, so I've been spending too many evenings browsing the japanese teaware sites, looking for a suitable candidate...

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I started the day with a cup of 2000 Lang He Qi Zi Bing shu pu that remained from yesterday, followed by a long session with different OTTI sinchas and some old sencha I had remaining. I think I'm finally ready to write that review for OTTI... :)
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Re: Sat/Sun TeaDay 8/13-14/11 CURRENT FAVES, teapot?

Postby debunix » Aug 14th, '11, 11:55

Now drinking the first sencha in several days, and my Petr Novak Kyusu has taken center stage...sweet, grassy, a little nutty, making the most of the 'Aoi' sencha from O-Cha. Mmmm.....a very nice start to the day.

Next, I'll keep working on some infusions of Song Zhong dan cong, leaves left overnight in the little Chao Zhou pot after a few lovely infusions last night.
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Re: Sat/Sun TeaDay 8/13-14/11 CURRENT FAVES, teapot?

Postby David R. » Aug 14th, '11, 12:48

currently on trial on dan cong.
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Re: Sat/Sun TeaDay 8/13-14/11 CURRENT FAVES, teapot?

Postby Chip » Aug 14th, '11, 13:35

TreasureHunt Treasure 6 Clue 3 "mahalo" (clue 2 "Koudai fetish" clue 1 was Ayu)

Thank you for coloring TD Bob and David!

Great TD beginnings. Miyabi shincha with the Mrs. brewed up in Kikumare (not sure of the spelling right now) kyusu. Battered and bruised (and repaired), this kyusu continues to serve and serve well! All thinks considered, it still looks pretty good too. It has brewed 100's of sessions and likely well over 1000 steeps, all sencha.

In one tiny moment in time, its life was almost ended by Koi the cat. Thanks to home repair and JB Weld, it has lived to brew 100's of more sessions.

In this brief moment in time, it is my fave pot. :mrgreen:
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Re: Sat/Sun TeaDay 8/13-14/11 CURRENT FAVES, teapot?

Postby iannon » Aug 17th, '11, 22:56

My Kyusu of Goodwill..absolutely has been my go-to pot since i obtained the triplets

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Re: Sat/Sun TeaDay 8/13-14/11 CURRENT FAVES, teapot?

Postby Chip » Aug 17th, '11, 23:02

iannon wrote:My Kyusu of Goodwill..absolutely has been my go-to pot since i obtained the triplets

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If there was Yutaka Midori in the house, Mr. Goodwill would be the go to pot. Considering that YM is THE sencha of choice, this must make Mr' Goodwill a pretty important pot. :mrgreen:

I think it brews YM perhaps better than any other pot.
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Re: Sat/Sun TeaDay 8/13-14/11 CURRENT FAVES, teapot?

Postby AdamMY » Aug 17th, '11, 23:20

Chip wrote:
iannon wrote:My Kyusu of Goodwill..absolutely has been my go-to pot since i obtained the triplets

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If there was Yutaka Midori in the house, Mr. Goodwill would be the go to pot. Considering that YM is THE sencha of choice, this must make Mr' Goodwill a pretty important pot. :mrgreen:

I think it brews YM perhaps better than any other pot.


Any time I have Fuka or Chu, Mr. Goodwill is my go to pot. Its the only Kyusu I have which is able to hand the deeper steamed teas reasonably well.
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