Name: Yuan Yuan
Year: 1998 (indicated in the inscription under the handle – 戊寅)
Volume: 208 ml （to the brim)
Material: Zi Ni (aged clay from factory 1 and fired in factory 1 facilities). High-fired.
Seal: Zhou Wen Ya
Filter: 7 holes
This is one of the early teapots made by Jing Dian Tao Fang (to make it shorter, later on, I will call it JDTF).
This company was founded in Taiwan in 1989 by Li Wei Wen, they also have their Factory Head Office in Jiangsu Yixing.
In the late 1990s, Yixing Factory 1 was restructured from state-owned to private. JDTF was formerly known as a joint branch of Yixing Factory 1 and inherited some of the original workers, clay and kilns of the Factory 1.
I have to admit that this is one of my favourites brands simply because they know how to fire the teapots properly and their clay is pure, meaning the teapot will be absorbent, gain a beautiful patina and have a good impact on the tea flavour.
This teapot is semi-handmade, excellent craftsmanship, pouring is smooth and super fast, 10 seconds. Perfect lid fit, nearly no dripping at all from under the lid when pouring.
I haven’t used this teapot, is completely new but the clay looks quite similar to the Si fang teapot we also offer, is very porous. So looks like it’ll suit better darker teas, like old teas, wet storage Puer, ripe Puer, high roasted Wulongs, etc.
However, I advise you to experiment with different teas and find the best match according to your taste.