The perfect size (150ml) for one or two people, this glazed Yixing gaiwan is great as a simple, no frills brewing vessel.
The gaiwan was originally intended to be used for drinking tea, where you simply bring the cup to your lips and use the lid to prevent the leaves from entering your mouth. However, gaiwans are often used as a brewing vessel, with the decanted tea being served in a separate cup. The lid is held against the cup so that the leaves are filtered out.
Also available as a gift set with two matching cups.
I purchased this gaiwan with ease, as it was a very reasonable price. Overall, I do enjoy the use of it, but it took a bit of getting used to. I tend to be a picky person, so that may very well color my review. I find that the side walls of the vessel, and the lid are too thick. This makes it very difficult to pour off without making a bit of a mess. I have other gaiwans that I am comparing the use too, hence my judgment on this one.
I would say I don't regret the purchase at all, but if one is new to the use of a gaiwan, don't let this one be your final decision.
This was my first piece of teaware to try brewing gong fu style. The gaiwan itself is beautiful and now that I have the pouring technique down, I'm really enjoying using it. The look of clay with the versatility of porcelain is a great combination. Some of the teas here really do taste better when brewed gong fu style in this gaiwan (especially noticeable with the imperial yellow!). If you are planning to use this with your little red cup, it fills it about halfway full, which is good for a long session with many infusions and keeps the cup from burning your hands.
This is my first Gaiwan so I can't say if it is better or worse than any other, but I have enjoyed using it to make tea, and I am sure I will like it more as I become more comfortable with it.