Jan 7th 19 6:03 pm
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looking for a YIXING teapot (another one of those posts)

by Toha » Jan 7th 19 6:03 pm

i looked into several teapots and researched the topic.
i am however a newbie when it comes to this.

so i tell you what i am looking for ideally (ranked by priority) :
-price range ideally between 40-75€, low shipping costs; including shipping 100€ is the most i can spend
-a yixing teapot for 1-2 people (so 100ml, ideally 120, definately not over 150, 180ml)
-the clay should be decent quality and not affecting puerhs and oolongs in a negative way
-ideally with the xishi shape because i do love that round shape
-ideally a darker brown/purple color but redish or sth mixed is okay too

i found two teapots online and would like your opinion

(really like this one, know nothing about the quality however)
https://m.teavivre.com/product/view/xi- ... eapot.html

this one has good reviews amd looks interesting
https://yunnansourcing.com/collections/ ... apot-130ml
or other ys teapots?

Jan 9th 19 10:16 am
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Re: looking for a YIXING teapot (another one of those posts)

by Toha » Jan 9th 19 10:16 am

i dont mind the half handmade, but i want it to brew good tea for a decade or more.
i dont want the worst quality and dont want a teapot i will throw away in a years time

Jan 13th 19 10:32 pm
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Re: looking for a YIXING teapot (another one of those posts)

by Reb » Jan 13th 19 10:32 pm

Toha wrote: i looked into several teapots and researched the topic.
i am however a newbie when it comes to this.

so i tell you what i am looking for ideally (ranked by priority) :
-price range ideally between 40-75€, low shipping costs; including shipping 100€ is the most i can spend
-a yixing teapot for 1-2 people (so 100ml, ideally 120, definately not over 150, 180ml)
-the clay should be decent quality and not affecting puerhs and oolongs in a negative way
-ideally with the xishi shape because i do love that round shape
-ideally a darker brown/purple color but redish or sth mixed is okay too

i found two teapots online and would like your opinion

(really like this one, know nothing about the quality however)
https://m.teavivre.com/product/view/xi- ... eapot.html

this one has good reviews amd looks interesting
https://yunnansourcing.com/collections/ ... apot-130ml
or other ys teapots?
Did you buy a teapot yet?

I recently bought that exact pot from Yunnan Sourcing. I was hoping to use it for yancha but it does not want to make good tea with that.

It doesn’t absorb any water to speak of. The outside shows a lot of sand but the inside is just brown and looks like it has brush marks. My partner is a potter and suggests it may be coated inside with terra sigillata, which is made by soaking the same clay in water until the fine particles are suspended in it. The resulting liquid can be painted on a surface and the fine plate like particles lay flat and overlap, effectively sealing the surface. Not exactly what you want in a Yixing pot for puer! The pour is pretty long, about 16 seconds. That would make it not great for oolongs.

It’s my first Yixing so I’m counting this one as a down payment on my “yixing tuition.” It’s not a total waste. I found that I like it for first flush Darjeeling and baked Taiwanese oolongs brewed western style. My pot holds 135ml as advertised, I put 2-3g with boiling water for 3 minutes. These teas taste brighter and I get a lifting sensation on my upper palate that I don’t get brewing in porcelain (I did a side by side comparison). The astringency of the Darjeeling is rounded out just enough. That said, I doubt it’s any special property of the clay, probably more a function of the pot holding on to the heat. I’ll try the pot with other teas and will update with my results.

I unfortunately don’t have a recommendation for you but I myself will stay away from YS for future yixing purchases based on this experience.