The pictures do not do this cup justice. Period. It’s beautiful, well made, the silver shines so bright and feels really good on my upper lip. I got this for sipping shou while studying. The cup has some serious substance, thick and heavy, perfect for holding while contemplating late into the night. It retains heat very well. So well, I have to let the cup sit for a few minutes so I don’t scorch my widdle fingahs. But I don’t see the heat retention as a negative. What this means to me is that I’m in no rush to drink the brew before it cools. I did a side-by-side comparison in this cup and an unglazed clay cup with several steeps of some lower-grade shou that was brewed in a clay gaiwan. The silver cup seemed to neutralize the muddy qualities I found present in the clay cup’s brew. I’ll have to try some other shou between the two cups to see if that holds true.

I am super stoked. Totally worth it. Thanks Crimson Lotus.

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I most enjoy loose-leaf, unflavored teas and tisanes. Teabags have their place. Some of my favorite teas have a profound effect on mind and body rather than having a specific flavor profile.

Favorite teas generally come from China (all provinces), Taiwan, India (Nilgiri and Manipur). Frequently enjoyed though less sipped are teas from Georgia, Japan, and Nepal. While I’m not actively on the hunt, a goal of mine is to try tea from every country that makes it available to the North American market. This is to gain a vague understanding of how Camellia sinensis performs in different climates. I realize that borders are arbitrary and some countries are huge with many climates and tea-growing regions.

I’m convinced European countries make the best herbal teas.

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100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.

89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.

79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.

69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.

59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possesses off flavor/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.

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