You're right, Dennis! The reason those two teapots look similar is that they're both inspired by the design of a famous, historic yi xing teapot. We asked Roy to provide more detail on how the Yi Li Zhu is different. Here's his response:
The Dragon Alchemy is based on the same design, but I elected to make it more round. After attempting that teapot several times, I decided to make the Yi Li Zhu pot a bit more flat to open up the top more and give it more balance. The Yi Li Zhu is better balanced and to me, a far superior teapot.
We can't wait until the Yi Li Zhu arrives in the teahouse next month and we can check it out in person. When that happens we'll provide a full review here on the blog!