Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

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Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

by LowInFat » Jul 20th 12 9:57 pm

While it would be nice to dedicate one yixing teapot to every kind of oolong I drink, it would simply be too costly, and I'm not quite prepared to spend that much. For the time being, however, I have gone and purchased 2 yixing teapots, (pictured here) both of which I plan to dedicate to oolongs. My question is, what would be the ideal way to split them? Which oolongs would I brew in each one, so I don't mix the flavours?

Initially, I was planning on splitting them up on Chinese/Taiwanese, but I figured this was a bad idea, seeing as both of them have a variety of flavours.

That being said, should I separate them based on their level of oxidation? On how visibly light/dark they are? Which common names (DHP, TGY, Bai Hao, Dong Ding, etc) would you group in such a manner?

Any input is appreciated :)

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Re: Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

by iovetea » Jul 21st 12 6:40 pm

well why not use porcelain for most oolong and yixing only for you 2 most favorite oolongs.....

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Re: Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

by chado.my.teaway » Jul 22nd 12 12:30 pm

Yeah, 1 for less oxidation oolong(TGY, DD) and second for most oxidation(DHP, SX, and most of WuYi).

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Re: Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

by MarshalN » Jul 22nd 12 1:50 pm

The most logical way is to do it by firing level - high vs low fire.

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Re: Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

by LowInFat » Jul 23rd 12 3:17 am

So would that be determined simply by looking at the colour of the leaf? Regardless of where it was produced and what kind it is, I should just separate them by whether the leaf is visibly dark or light?

EDIT: Also, I don't know if the shape makes a very big difference, but would you recommend I dedicate one or the other to light/dark? As you can see in the picture, the one on the right has a larger base.

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Re: Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

by iovetea » Jul 23rd 12 10:48 am

but the left one seems to have a better shape for ball shaped oolongs, besides i would rather test the oolongs first in a porcelain teapot or taiwan and look if the flavor profile fits.

you know from my experience some anxi tie guan yin doesn't go so well with other green oolongs oolongs.....

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Re: Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

by LowInFat » Aug 7th 12 6:00 am

iovetea wrote:but the left one seems to have a better shape for ball shaped oolongs, besides i would rather test the oolongs first in a porcelain teapot or taiwan and look if the flavor profile fits.

you know from my experience some anxi tie guan yin doesn't go so well with other green oolongs oolongs.....
Interesting. Why is the left one better for tightly rolled oolongs?

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Re: Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

by iovetea » Aug 7th 12 5:58 pm

LowInFat wrote:
iovetea wrote:but the left one seems to have a better shape for ball shaped oolongs, besides i would rather test the oolongs first in a porcelain teapot or taiwan and look if the flavor profile fits.

you know from my experience some anxi tie guan yin doesn't go so well with other green oolongs oolongs.....
Interesting. Why is the left one better for tightly rolled oolongs?
i dont know.. i just thought because of the shape, isnt it somehow more natural form if you take into account the way the tea opens??
thats just a guess from my side, i know very little about tea.

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Re: Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

by tenuki » Aug 7th 12 7:17 pm

MarshalN wrote:The most logical way is to do it by firing level - high vs low fire.
+1

and one more for aged...

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Re: Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

by LowInFat » Aug 10th 12 7:08 am

A little irrelevant in this forum, but I'm also getting a third pot to use for most Chinese greens, and was wondering if people could make any suggestions in what to look for. I don't know whether the clay type (zisha, etc), the firing level, and the shape, make a very big difference. If so, any recommendations? (How is this one?)

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Re: Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

by TwoDog2 » Aug 10th 12 8:15 am

MarshalN wrote:The most logical way is to do it by firing level - high vs low fire.
do this. It will save your budget and keep your flavors well separated

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Re: Dedicating 2 Yixing Teapots to Oolong?

by bagua7 » Aug 11th 12 7:07 am

LowInFat wrote:...
Pfff...you are calling for trouble. Yixing clay will mute/shade the nice flavours associated with fresh green tea leaves. Stick to porcelain and you'll enjoy your brewing sessions a lot more.

For example:

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