If you've yet to experience the joy that is traditional ceramic drinkware, perhaps your search can end here with a Ninshu Guinomi. Gui means "to gulp", while nomi is "to drink." The texture of the ceramic softens the taste of chilled or room temperature sake, accentuating acidity, body, and texture. It's a bit of a chameleon, seeming to adjust according to each drink. The Ninshu Guinomi is the perfect size for hefty pours of sake and great for shochu on the rocks or mizuwari (with ice and water). We thoroughly enjoy sipping coffee and tea from these as well; the addition of a one-of-a kind piece like this can add an extra bit of charm to your daily brewing rituals.
A note on the glaze: Understated and restrained, the texture of this glaze (with all its peaks and divots) showcase the peculiarities and character of a one-of-a-kind creation. From the maker, "the characteristic glaze, which resembles a rock surface, creates a delicacy by making the vessels thin. It is a fairly distortion-prone species, but its distortion is also a positive feature."
We love the rustic but refined feel of this finish. While the surface may look rough, the rim is thin and delicate. It feels as though you are drinking from the edge of a stream. This vessel enhances the purity of the liquid that is poured into it – as though you are one step closer to nature.
Founded in 1646, the Omuro Kiln was founded to serve Ninnaji Temple of the Omuro Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Japan. Ninnaji is famous for its Omuro Sakura (cherry blossoms) and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Ninshu brand preserves the handmade ceramic traditions of the Omuro Kiln as the current kilnmaster appointed by Ninnaji Temple. Enjoy these handmade pieces and their subtle differences and glazes ranging from subdued to vibrant and eye-catching. Use these to enhance your coffee, tea, sake, shochu, and beer-drinking experience all while holding a piece of Kyoto's handmade ceramic tradition.
- Capacity: 6.7 oz
- Dimensions: D 3.9in X H 2.75in
- Material: Ceramic
- Individually boxed
- Made in Kyoto, Japan