Traveling and tummy troubles kept me away from tea for a long stretch. My first tea back is a Wuyi oolong, a 2012 Lao Zhongshan Shu Xian from the now defunct Five Star Tea.
Yesterday I brewed it in a tiny glazed gaiwan from Greenwood Studio and was disappointed. There were smoky notes that I didn't enjoy, although the resident coffee drinker didn't notice them. Today I brewed the same tea with the same parameters in my Beros shib made from a red/brown clay and unglazed on the inside. It adjusted the flavor profile just enough to remove the few unpleasant notes so that I can enjoy all the pleasant ones.
The wide shallow flared shape means that this shib is comfortable to use with the hot water that oolong requires. I bought it on a whim because I liked the bluish crawling glaze which is similar to the glaze on the hobin I was buying. I didn't know what I was going to use it for but it's found a home with all my Wuyi oolong samples.