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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby auhckw » Nov 4th, '11, 14:01

大茶树记 – 青灰泥 – 德钟壶
dà chá shù jì – qīng huī ní – dé zhōng hú


160ml

Semi hand made in Y2011 (the year is carved on the bottom in chinese)

Pour water = 12 seconds, no drip

While pouring, cover lid hole = water stops instantly

With water inside, cover spout hole, turned upside down = lid didn't fall off

The seller said this clay is tested very good with raw puerh. It is able to push weaker tea to have better flavor/taste. Qing Hui Ni is one of the zini family clay, but is lesser available. Price is as expensive as new Zhuni.

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby the_economist » Nov 4th, '11, 20:32

A pair of pots...which technically shouldn't be in this thread since these are chaozhou pots (see the rings inside the pot and the orange clay).

I boiled/clean the frog pot but not the mouse pot.

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Mouse vs Frog faceoff
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Inside the Pot
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Beneath the Pot
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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby the_economist » Nov 6th, '11, 00:21

More pictures of the pair! I figured two pots deserve two posts.

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a tiny stamp on the handle saying 春记 (spring remembrance?)
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frog ready to soak in tea
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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby the_economist » Nov 6th, '11, 00:34

an yixing this time. Small zini shuiping, about 90ml. The clay has a pretty light colour and doesn't seem high fired, but the ringing pitch is quite high. Higher than my other zini shuiping (shown below).

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top left is an existing zini i have, low ring, clay is more red because i've been using it for 3+ months now. Bottom right is the new pot.
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The lid fit is terrible, and fails all the tests, but I don't mind. Pour rate is slow and unreliable though, so this will need a non-fussy tea.
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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby wyardley » Nov 6th, '11, 00:45

the_economist wrote:The lid fit is terrible, and fails all the tests, but I don't mind. Pour rate is slow and unreliable though, so this will need a non-fussy tea.

If the pour is slow, check and see if the hole in the button on top needs to be (carefully) opened up / cleared out a bit. And obviously make sure there's nothing stuck in the spout.
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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby TIM » Nov 6th, '11, 10:05

Beautiful clay, Economist. Congrats : )
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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby the_economist » Nov 7th, '11, 18:17

Thanks Tim and Will! Still working on the air hole of the pot...
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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby needaTEAcher » Nov 8th, '11, 05:49

First of two in a row. I got both the same day, from different vendors, with the intention of learning more about what makes this one cheap clay, and the other better clay ($27 vs $200, respectively!). I think both are pretty good prices for the quality. This far I have only brewed a late '80s shou in both, and the results in the second were STUNNING, though not horrible in this one. The inside of this one is rough and even has 2 places where the clay lumped up before it was fired (methinks shoddy craftsmanship).

Questions for the veterans:

From the little you can tell here, decent prices for the pots?
Does the darker clay indicate lower quality? What can I see visibly to indicate that this pot is lower quality than that pot?
Also, if anyone can tell me what either chop mean I would be super grateful, and would even send you happy thoughts next time I brew! :D

- Clay: Duanni
- Size: 180 ml
- Year: 2011
- Walls: thin- to med-walled
- Fired: ???
- Pour: +/-9 sec, some dripping from the lid if it isn't turned just so
- Filter: 7-hole screen
- Where: Insadong, Seoul, South Korea
- Pairing: Starting with 8+ year old puerh while I learn about the clay, but in a few weeks I will experiment with Chinese green teas and lightly oxidized oolongs
- Qualities: Still working on it...
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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby needaTEAcher » Nov 8th, '11, 05:55

And here is my newest baby. I watched her for two months before pulling the trigger, but I am happy I did.

- Clay: Sesame Duanni
- Size: 330 ml
- Year: 2011
- Walls: med-walled
- Fired: med- to high-fired
- Pour: +/-11 sec, no dripping at all
- Where: Insadong, Seoul, South Korea
- Pairing: Starting with 20+ year old puerh while I learn about the clay
- Filter: 14-hole screen
- Qualities: She is so pretty! When I brewed the same tea brewed in this pot, vs a much smaller zini, hongni, and the aforementioned duanni, it tasted much, much older and smoother, without losing its depth. It really blew me away.
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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby hopeofdawn » Nov 8th, '11, 13:02

Wow, that second pot is very lovely! I love the understated bamboo motif ...
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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby xmfi » Nov 10th, '11, 21:20

Sorry for the poor image quality (I'm stuck using my cell phone after my camera broke), but Economist's pictures inspired me to share this little teapot.

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby debunix » Nov 11th, '11, 00:27

That bamboo pot is just gorgeous. Wow. The first one of the pair was pretty cute too. The last one posted is also pretty nice.
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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby auhckw » Nov 11th, '11, 12:44

Last week I bought 1 out 3. Today, couldn't resist and decided to buy the entire set (3 types of clays). This is a custom made teapot y2011 by a local teashop which is quite famous for good quality teapots / artist teapots.

The clay is from artist grade raw material, 90s. The studio that produces the teapots is quite famous. Through the teashop connection, they managed to get the senior staff in the studio to make it, so the workmanship and touchup is quite good. Not perfect but for a mass produced teapot, this is consider very good.

The design is from olden days design but slightly modified. The mold for the teapot is custom made by the teashop. Teapots are semi hand made. 30 teapots for each clay.

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Even though all 3 are from the same mold, made by the same person in the studio. The end result is slightly different, mostly on the handle and shrinkage.

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大茶树记 – 黄金段 – 德钟壶
dà chá shù jì – huáng jīn duàn – dé zhōng hú
140ml
Huang Jin Duan is one of the sub category of Duanni. Less common. Colour is lighter than usual Duanni. It enhances the aroma of the tea, absorption is not that much. Good to bring out the freshness flavor of the tea but for some tea it could increase the bitterness / astringency.
Decided to dedicate for: Raw Pu-erh (01 to 02 years) - Single estate

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大茶树记 – 底槽青 – 德钟壶
dà chá shù jì – dǐ cáo qīng – dé zhōng hú
140ml
Di Cao Qing, a more common Zini, but this clay is processed/beaten-up in a better way (I can't remember exactly what they explained). Higher grade. It enhances the smoothness of the tea but lacks aroma compared to Duanni.
Decided to dedicate for: Raw Pu-erh (03 to 14 years)

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大茶树记 – 青灰泥 – 德钟壶
dà chá shù jì – qīng huī ní – dé zhōng hú
150ml
Qing Hui Ni is one of the sub category of Zini. Less common. As expensive/rare as modern Zhuni. This retains heat very very well. Brings out the flavor and smoothness. Good to brew aged tea.
Decided to dedicate for: Raw Pu-erh (15 years above)

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby night.owl » Nov 14th, '11, 15:08

needaTEAcher wrote:And here is my newest baby. I watched her for two months before pulling the trigger, but I am happy I did....


Wow, I seem to have the darker cousin of the same pot! I love mine as well ;)

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Re: Official/Different Yixing Show Off Topic!

Postby fracol » Nov 15th, '11, 16:19

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This is an interesting little pot that I found at the Asia store in my town. I can tell you very little about it. Only got it for about 15$ and it was the only one they had. I highly doubt it is of much quality at all, but I do regard the store as a place to find unknown treasures. Probably zini, and by the dull ring sounds medium fired.

I don't know if I will really use it much at all since I am waiting on a much nicer pot from IPT in the mail. Thought it would be interesting to hear your opinions though!

Size: 200ml
Filter: 7 holes
Pour: Medium Slow

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