Sunday, June 4, 2006

New Tea Equipment

1980's ink clay (muo ni) Yixing pot, 200cc

A fancy schmancy --at least for me-- gaiwan, a birthday gift from my dear wife
From: Imperial Tea Court

10 comments:

marshaln said...

I seem to remember seeing that pot somewhere on some website. Hou De, perhaps?

~ Phyll said...

Your memory served you right, Marshaln! I got it from Hou De. And the gaiwan my wife got it from Imperial Tea.

davelcorp said...

So... you're the one who ended up with that pot! I remember admiring it and feeling sad when it was sold. Seems to happen to quite a few of the pots on Hou De. I admire -- it disappears.

By the way, I like your blog. I'll have to try some of your wine suggestions. Now, if only you covered cheese as well...

~ Phyll said...

Don't be sad, davelcorp. The pot is in good hands! :)

Thank you for visiting my humble blog, David. I'm not much of a cheese guy, but I help moderate a wine forum and there are a few serious foodies and cheeseheads there. Hope you can stop by...as a guest or register as a member to join the chatter. The forum is at www.winexiles.com.

Cheers!

toki said...

This is a great handsome looking pot! Good purchase. Has it been use? Look shiny and well kept.

marshaln said...

I wondered about that too -- looks like someone had used it and polished it, but then, if you look at the inside of the lid, there's no evidence of tea stain, it seems. So maybe it's just naturally shiny?

~ Phyll said...

Actually, that was my concern: that it has been used and polished extensively before. Mr. Guang of Hou De assured me that it's not, with a 100% money back guarantee if I'm not happy with the pot. When the pot came, it was clean as new, inside and out. The shine you see is (1) natural, not wax and (2) caused by the flash, which exagerrates the shine quite a bit. It's a high quality clay and handcraft, imho. It's become my sheng pu-erh pot now...I brush it lovingly with each use. Is it worth the $155 I paid? I don't know, maybe not, but I like the pot very much, so I guess it's worth it. *shrug*

toki said...

make sure you polish it when is still warm, with the lid off.... I had A LOT of accident with the lid on.

MarshalN said...

Yes, and the lid should be placed in the middle of your table, not on your tea tray (unless your tea tray is big). Wherever it is, the lid should be secure and should not move.

In fact, I usually polish my pot while sitting it on the table. I feel much safer that way. I only lift it up when I do the bottom and hard to get places.

toki said...

Its like washing a new born, first time hahaha.... All hands shakey : )