Blue Pine Needle Cast Iron Teacup
Item Number: CIJ47
100% Recommend this product (2 of 2 responses)
June 22, 2015
Quality teaware from EnjoyingTea.com
I bought a set of all four colors of this full profile cast iron cup, because I wanted the stability of a large base, an the ability of each person using them to be able to easily identify their cup by color. Possession may not be very Buddhist, but it's convenient at times. At the lip of the cups where the porcelain liner terminates and the exterior pigment begins, there was some minor discontinuities, or shifting between the colors, rather than a uniform circular boundary line, but I believe this variance is a function of working in cast iron and it's relief surface design, in this case pine needles. Despite not having a uniform horizon or line between the two material colors on roughly 5 to 10% of the lip, the lip was invariably smooth. The one exception to this was a small radial fissure, 1/32" wide & deep by 1/8" long, in the porcelain on the lip of the black cup, probably caused by an air bubble in the porcelain slip during coating and firing. EnjoyingTea.com replaced the cup at no charge. My wife and I found the blue and green cups the most attractive; but just like with tea, there's no accounting for personal taste. Note well, these cups definitely mirror the temperature of the tea, so plan on using a holder of some type for comfort, &/or don't pre-heat them.
January 23, 2012
Great size & Shape
I would give them 4.5 stars overall. They are the perfect shape and size, the finish is a little blotchy around the rims of the cups or they would have received a 5 star rating from me. I still love the cups, the design, shape, size, they are really quite unique in comparison to the other cast iron cups on the market. I have them in Green, Blue, Red and Black.