Premium Zhu Ni Yixing Teapot with Handle, Ti Liang Hu 180 ml
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- This teapot belongs to the category of Yixing teapots with a top handle, which is also known as ‘ti liang hu’ (Lifting teapot).
- This teapot is made from relatively coarse Zhu Ni clay from Zhao Zhuang Shan, fired at 1180 ºC. This quality material combined with excellent craftsmanship results in a wonderful 'bumpy' surface as you can see in the images.
- The 180 ml size makes it ideal for 1-2 person tea sessions.
- Traditional 9 holes spout.
- Packed in a tough premium gift box, which also offers 100% protection during shipping.
Ti Luang Hu Teapot by Wu Ren Lin
This Yixing teapot is made with exceptional attention to detail by Wu Ren Lin himself (so not his students). He’s born in the city of Yixing and is part of the Yixing Art association. During his career he obtained the highest level of national certification in the field of Yixing ceramics. He’s highly recognized in the industry by his peers and is known for its unique personal 'wu' style. Wu Ren Lin won many competitions during his career, of which the most important achievements are listed below:
- Gold medal in the “Zi Tao Cup” competition of the 2nd Guangzhou Zisha·Ceramic Art Culture Festival in 2011.
- Silver medal in the 13th China Arts and Crafts Masters Exposition.
- Gold medal at the 5th China (Lanzhou) Art Collection Fair.
Why is the surface of the teapot not smooth?
The zhu ni used is relatively more coarse, which is normal for authentic zhu ni. Therefore you'll see that the surface isn't completely smooth. The zhu ni used has high minerals content, which results in visible white specks. The white dots are a natural part of the zhu ni clay and not artificially added. While raw yellow zhu ni turns orange brown when backed in the oven, certain minerals while stay white, which you can see in this teapot.
Why does the rim and lid have more visible white specks?
The reason for this is because a scraping tool is used to smoothen out the teapot surface, which can't be applied to the rim and parts of the lid.
|Clay type||Zhu ni clay|
|Content||180 ml (6 oz)|
- Good Quality Clay, Tasty Brew (2013 Sheng Puerh "Lao Man E" and White Tea from Zhejiang)
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1. There was some quartz dust still in the pot and it required scrubbing with a toothbrush. This is good because it's a sign of a newly made pot.
2. I found evidence of "yunmu" or mica on the rim and non-polished areas of the pot (you can see it peeking out of the polished areas too if you look closely). The pot doesn't look like bad clay which was "coated" with good clay.
3. I found "tiaosha" imperfection on the handle. It's small and it's great to see it since it's another indicator of quality.
4. I found tiny black iron spots "tie rong" and there were only 2 or 3 I could find. Another example of good quality clay.
5. The sound is really nice when struck. The ring is not shallow and it is sufficiently high pitched (remember this is a larger pot than the typical Zhu Ni pot).
6. The texture is like jade and there is "Baozi" on the skin of the pot that doesn't look artificial. The polished areas are naturally shiny which is good for Zhu Ni.
7. The color looks correct in person, it is orangey-red and looks burgundy in certain lights. In other lights it actually looks more orangey-brown. Lighting is very important to show all the different hues off these types of pots.
8. This pot had no odd smell, no wax, and the boiling water (cleaning the pot) showed no residue or other problems. The quartz dust I mentioned above didn't come out during boiling so I had to use a toothbrush to dislodge the particles. The dust felt like crystal sand, so even without an elemental analysis, I don't believe it's anything foreign or bad.
9. This pot is a delight for brewing aromatic and delicate teas. I tested this against a glass pot brew (both gong fu style). In the blind test, this pot won 100% of the time. Might be different going up against a proper gaiwan but it definitely makes the tea taste better, even when it is not seasoned.
Here are the negatives:
1. The maker of the pot does not declare where the Zhu Ni was procured from (e.g. Xiao Mei Yao, Huang Long Shan or even Zhaozhuang). The seller may rectify this by adding it to the description since I asked this question.
2. Most people will say this pot is too cheap to be fully handmade and be made of 100% Zhu Ni clay. I can't confirm if the clay is really good quality Hong Ni or if it is actually Zhu Ni since even experts cannot detect this 100% of the time.
3. The maker of this pot, Wu Ren Lin, does not offer a catalog of his Zisha ware.
4. Taobao shows this same pot for sale but the pricing is everything from 250USD to 2000USDs as of this time of writing the review. I wouldn't trust Taobao but it's good to see these pots are not necessarily plentiful on there or consistently cheap.
5. I can't think of any other negatives.
I don't think many people will want to spend 500USDs+ on a modern Zisha pot. Most people would want to purchase a vintage factory 1 or 2 pot, or buy a more affordable modern pot.
The way I see it, I'm using this pot for practical purposes and will be brewing tea everyday. I like the peace of mind of knowing that there are no strange chemicals or other problems with the pot. Also, I don't need to worry about buying counterfeit factory pots and 180ML is perfect for me (large for Zhu Ni and hard to find).
In the end, no matter what my research indicates, I'm no expert. The pot may not be what I think it is, but I'm willing to live with the risks. Teasenz support has been extremely responsive, patient and kind. I can't ask for more from a vendor. They shipped quickly and the product arrived in good condition.
I love this little pot, and even if others tell me it's not real Zhu Ni, I'm OK with it. Buy this pot because it's beautiful, made well and makes incredible tea. If you have the money to spend, I don't think you'll regret it either. (Posted on 4/3/2019)