Pear Yixing Crimson Clay Teapot (梨宜興朱泥茶壺, Lí Yíxìng Zhūní Chá Hú, "Pear Yixing Crimson Clay Teapot") - An elegant and classical teapot. This understated, slightly compressed take on the traditional Pear shape teapot combines exquisite craftsmanship and form with extremely high quality Yixing Zhuni Crimson Clay. Clay quality, along with craftsmanship, is arguably the most important factor influencing the overall caliber of an Yixing teapot. The unglazed clay has excellent heat retention and improves the quality of teas made in it, and the best quality clay is becoming increasingly-rare as the subterranean stores of these clays are mined to exhaustion to meet increasing demand. Modern Zhuni pots are made from legacy batches of Crimson Clay that have been aging to maturity in the hands of collectors, merchants, and artisans.
This beautiful Pear shape pot is made with a granular grade of Zhuni with a distinctive texture and the high, resonant ringing tone that authentic Zhuni demonstrates when lifting the lid of the pot. The fine craftsmanship of this pot gives it a precise pour and a precise seal. Its rounded body make it perfect for expansive teas such as rolled Taiwanese and Anxi oolongs, pressed, aged white teas, and pressed Hei Cha.
Due to the porosity of the clay, this pot should be dedicated to a single type or category of tea. The clay will absorb the flavor and character of the tea and amplify those aspects, improving the tea after many uses.