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.