Good Pin Zi Ni/Zisha blend. Sandy and tender. Medium-High fired.Size:
+/- 8 sec. No drips. Great lid fit.Source:
Flushing dealer, NYCInfo:
Found this gem in the rough while visiting a Flushing, NYC Yixing dealer for the first time. I really don't need this pot, but the clay is quite nice for modern stuff, the craftsmanship is good, the size is good, and the price was right. I really couldn't pass it up, and it never hurts to establish a connection with a Yixing dealer! After prepping and boiling, the pot passes all the important tests- no funny smells, and the pot adds a nice roundness and freshness to boiled water after it has sat in the pot overnight. This should be an easy pot to pair with many teas, and will gain a very nice glow after a little use. One cool feature is that the edge of the spout has a very slight downward lip, similar to many Japanese kyusu. This allows the pot to pour very precisely without dribbling down the front. The nice little pointed flourish on the handle adds balance to the piece, and also makes for a comfy pour.
Most likely I'll put this up for sale on Tea Swap though. It's just good practice to handle and learn from new pots, and hunting them down is half the fun in the first place! Sometimes you just have to "rescue" a nice find from Chinatown, and pass on the score to someone else.