This is a very beautiful, well made teapot. So much depends on aesthetics, and for me this pot harmonizes with the tea leaves very well. I followed the suggestion to slowly bring to a full boil the new teapot in a large boiler, and added some "Gunpowder" tea I had and let it steep and slowly cool. It makes wonderful tea with no clay taste!
Prime the tea pot with boiling and cooling a few times, but the clay smell remains after a few weeks of brewing tea. It just doesn't go away and the clay smell ruin the tea.
I prefer Yixing clay and Jian shui clay still.
Thank you for your purchase, and sorry to hear about your experience with the red clay teapot. We found we get the best results by using the following method to cure a teapot. Please consider trying this. https://eco-cha.com/blogs/news/curing-a-gongfu-teapot