Nixing pottery has been produced in Guangxi for over 1,300 years! Nixing teapots have recently come back into popularity across China with the resurgence of interest in clay teapots and high quality tea. One of Hong Kong's foremost Yixing collectors, K.S. Lo, who wrote several books on Yixing pottery, once wrote that the clay in Nixing was virtually indistinguishable from Yixing clay. I personally find Nixing clay to be excellent and not very muting at all, despite some online tea heads (both in China and the Western world) believing Guangxi clay would best suit Guangxi tea (e.g., liu bao). I've found these teapots to be an excellent choice for young sheng pu erh, which when fresh is much like a green tea. These pots would also work well for Wuyicha and tieguanyin, unless you are dealing with fresh high roast tea, which greatly benefits from the effects of more muting clays, which can help subdue the intensity of the roast while accentuating the actual flavor of the tea leaves themselves.
This little teapot has a 16-17 second pour, which is perhaps a little slow for some tastes. I personally don't find a pour of this speed to be an issue, but if you are doing touch and go infusions with dancong, for example, you may prefer a teapot with a faster pour, or even a gaiwan! The 100ml size of this pot means it is suitable for all teas.
The xishi style of pot is originally a Yixing teapot design. A potter once commented that the xishi resembles the female breast and should feel similarly comfortable in hand. They certainly do feel good in hand, but I never realized the teapots were shaped like breasts until the potter pointed it out!
This is a great teapot at a great price, and an excellent alternative to Yixing clay or porcelain. This would also be a great choice for those who would like to try something different from Yixing clay.
Please note these teapots are shipped directly to me from Nixing upon purchase and purchasing one of these teapots may delay your order by one-to-two weeks.