Clay: Zhu Ni (As told by seller?).
Size: 40 ml
Age/Year: Modern- late 2000's.
Walls: Extremely Thick!
Pour: +/- 12 sec. Dribbles. Mediocre lid fit.
Source: Purchased from a source in Yixing
Tea Pairing: Taiwan Gaoshan, Green Tieguanyin, Light Roast TGY or Yan Cha.
Info: I bought this teapot quite a while ago, before I had some decent knowledge about Zhu Ni and that most of it is something else trying to be sold as Zhu Ni unless it comes from 1960's or prior. The texture and color of the clay looks vastly different than the Hong Ni pots I have so I doubt that it is Hong Ni, although I could be wrong about that because there are multiple types of Hong Ni just as there are for most other clays. The one thing that does seem interesting is that it doesn't appear shiny on the exterior (signifying a possibility of it being lower than high fired), however, it still has one of the highest pitched sounds of any of my teapots including the high fired ones which really confuses me at this point. When it comes to making tea, this teapot makes some of the most clear, alive, and brilliant brews of lighter oolongs I have ever tried but the only problem is that the functionality is just as terrible as the craftsmanship in that it takes just over 12 seconds to completely empty and it dribbles which I think is caused by having too small an air hole in the lid. Any info or opinions on the clay or anything else about this tiny Shui Ping would be greatly appreciated!