Volume: 160 ml
Material: Zi Ni ( aged clay from factory 1 and fired in factory 1 facilities). High-fired.
Seal: Zhang Ya Lan
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 pot has a bit of use and is already gaining a nice patina ( this one will develop a beautiful patina for sure because they fired it to the perfect degree. I can see some progress already with little use). I have tried it with roasted Oolongs.
This teapot is semi-handmade, high-level of craftsmanship, pouring is not as smooth as others JDTF teapots we have, 13 seconds pouring time. Its clay is one of my favourites, very absorbent. Perfect lid fit, some dripping under the lid when pouring.
The shape in this one is very versatile, its wide mouth can accommodate most types of tea leaves. Recommend this clay for Puers and many types of Oolongs, etc.
However, I advise you to experiment with different teas and find the best match according to your taste. Usually is the tea that decides which is the most suitable teapot so you must experiment.