Yixing Teapots — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #10

Inbetweenisode Episode #10 from James. This is part two of a two part series on Yixing teapots. The second part covers some basic attributes, advantages and characteristics of Yixing.

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14 responses to “Yixing Teapots — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #10”

  1. James – not sure where you studied math, but it is still very much 2014!

    In any case, many thanks for the great info on yixing. I am now much better informed should I ever wish to buy the stuff.

  2. Hey James,
    Awesome series on Yixing teapots. I really thought your information was great for people new to Yixing as well as people more experienced with Yixing. I thought your information probably helped relieve a lot of the stress for people new to buying Yixing because the amount of information out on the web is staggering and your concise and useful videos helped guide people into the world of Yixing. I do have a couple of questions first of all when shopping online for Yixing online are their any specific vendors you go back to or have a good selection? I know you mentioned a couple places you got some of your teapots from in your last video, however I was wondering if their were any reputable vendors online that you would go to that have a good selection and decent pricing? Additionally when looking at teapots online how do you judge clay quality? Thanks for the information James.

    • Hi Paul,

      Thanks for the comment and kind words! I’d take a look at Wisdom China on ebay if you want a modern pot. For older pots, I’d glance at:

      Life in Teacup
      Sample Tea

      Judging clay quality online is obviously difficult. Frankly, I am not an expert. I usually rely on people that know more than me and judge largely off of reputation.

      Hope this helps and cheers!

  3. James is correct. Size is indeed everything. Small is good but not too small. I guess it is not the size but how you brew it. ;P

  4. Not sure how worried you are or aren’t about it, but you should be able to remove the white mineral deposit you mentioned with some steel wool

  5. Also, if anyone does experience the misfortune of a moldy pot, boiling won’t necessarily kill the spores, and the mold can very easily reappear while the pot is drying with the lid off. Hydrogen peroxide works very well as it penetrates the pores easily and won’t leave any taste or smell.

    Unfortunately I know from experience

    • Hi brian,

      Thanks for leaving your notes. Good to hear that it is somewhat reversible.

      It doesn’t bother me too much, but I might eventually end up trying your method that to remove the deposit.


  6. I’ve got probably a Yixing pot (clay pot at least) in a thrift store and tried brewing oolong in it but my oolong tasted horrible like wet clay. When I tried puerh it tasted okay but this pot is very big (500ml) so I’m wondering if it would be worth it to try a smaller pot for oolong?

    • Hi Fiona,

      Thanks for the comment. I think for size, it all depends on how you like to brew. I’ve found through experience that ~100ml is the ideal size for me.


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