Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)


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Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby Alucard » Dec 28th, '13, 11:21

Has anyone tried the Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts? It uses Taiwan clay that is said to be free of chemicals and other toxins we dump into the environment.

http://www.taiwanteacrafts.com/product/cobalt-mist-smallest-teapot/
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby kikula » Dec 28th, '13, 12:30

No, but it's really pretty!
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby NPE » Dec 28th, '13, 19:05

I have some and they work really well with greener oolongs - and they are indeed also really pretty :D
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby Chip » Dec 28th, '13, 21:50

The Weilong pots are certainly very interesting ... maybe one day!
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby Alucard » Dec 29th, '13, 12:31

NPE wrote:I have some and they work really well with greener oolongs - and they are indeed also really pretty :D


It would be used for green oolongs so it sounds like a winner. I think I'll give it try and take advantage of their 20% sale. Not to mention I broke the lid of my gaiwan the other day. But I am curious how this would compare to a good yixing pot.
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby NPE » Dec 29th, '13, 12:44

Good idea. Direct comparison is in the works, will let you know soon...
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby NPE » Dec 29th, '13, 13:20

Here are the results - two infusions only as I have already had one lengthy session with other tea and teapot.

Setup:
Tea: Lisha High Mountain Spirit Winter Oolong tea Lot 247 from Taiwan Tea Crafts
Note: I do not measure and calculate gr to ml ratio as I think a calculator and some 'drug-scales' destroy the lovely atmosphere of a tea session

Teapots:
Moondust Sage smaller teapot (about 140ml) from TTC
Chinese Yixing Zisha Teapot Zhu Ni Xiao Qie Duan Pot 100ml Round Eggplant Pot from Wisdom China
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Teacups:
Andrzej Bero Erabo style tea cups

Result:
Two absolutely lovely cups of tea. The yixing seemed to bring out the floral flavour a little bit more whereas the TTC teapot rounded the flavours off better, giving the taste a bit more 'oomph' and balancing everything out really nicely.

I hope that helps!
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby Alucard » Dec 29th, '13, 13:30

NPE wrote:I hope that helps!


That does help. Thank you, I appreciate the effort.
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby Alucard » Dec 30th, '13, 20:22

Well I ordered the teapot among other things. Since they are closed this week it wont ship till next week. Can't wait to try it out.
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby Alucard » Dec 31st, '13, 02:12

NPE,

Do you find the 140ml to be too large for one person? I'm thinking 100-120ml would be ideal for me.
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby NPE » Dec 31st, '13, 02:36

Hi Alucard,

Indeed, the size is a bit on the generous side :wink:
This means that only I use them for tea sessions when I know I will have enough time. If I have less time - or for teas that just go on forever - I do use smaller teapots.

The 140ml size is very good for when you have a fellow tea enthusiast to enjoy your tea with.
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby NPE » Jan 16th, '14, 16:03

Hi Alucard, has the teapot arrived yet? I am really curious what you think of it.
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby Alucard » Jan 16th, '14, 17:50

NPE wrote:Hi Alucard, has the teapot arrived yet? I am really curious what you think of it.


Hi NPE,

I decided to look for something smaller in the 85-100ml range. I've been using a 150ml gaiwan for several years and have started brewing gongfu style. In the end it's too much to drink after 6+ infusions.
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby NPE » Jan 16th, '14, 19:11

Shame - I was looking forward to reading about what you thought about the teapot. I hope that you found something nice in the end. Just as a suggestion: for high mountain oolongs I am a fan of unglazed teapots from Andrzej Bero. They also come in the sizes that you are looking for... and they are also easier on the wallet :lol:
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Re: Taiwan clay teapot from Taiwan Tea Crafts (cobalt mist)

Postby bagua7 » Jan 16th, '14, 19:25

Stephane from Teamasters recommended me not to purchase any pots made of Taiwanese clay, after asking him if he could sell me one as a kind of a favour, because they of the amount of chemicals they add to the clay. He doesn't sell any for that reason (but he could if he wanted to).

Also that pot is way overpriced and their Yixings are no good either (good sales pitch to sell them though):

http://www.taiwanteacrafts.com/shop/pro ... g-teaware/
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