Hello to everybody who enjoy the skillful way of the drinking tea.
I began gong fu cha preparation taking seriously just a few months back (though i did it occasionaly for several years). I own one nice low profile high fired teapot and use it mostly for darker teas (I want to make my teapots in the future more specialized, but this is not possible for me for the time being).
I keep wondering, what is your opinion on using yixing clay fort subtle teas? I keep getting mixed opinions about this. Most sites, books and other forms of advice I have taken recommend to never brew chinese greens in yixing, because it will bake the leaves and make them constricted in such a small vessel, not allowing them to fully bloom. Then I encountered second opinion, that if the teapot is thin enough and allows a lot of movement for the leaves, then it is okay. But then again, some people just plainly state: porcelain or glass gaiwans (being neutral) will do delicate teas more good.
I find using yixing clay with high density is better for making green and delicate teas; however, because real yixing is not cheap, I only have a few for the teas that I drink often. For tasting teas and for teas I don't drink frequently, I use gaiwan. It is up to you to try to determine if yixing or gaiwan is better for making delicate teas. Please keep in mind that the density of the teapot is crucial when making the teas. It is important that you select the right tea pot for making the tea. If you make green tea with a porous teapot, then the tea will loose all its fragrance.