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: 'Creative Cloud' evokes spontaneity. We see gradients of black and grey hugging the contours of each unique piece, supporting spots and gashes of pure black, making each unit its own speckled masterpiece. The maker says, "These vessels have various characteristics such as black and white contrast, cracking, and unevenness. Even the craftsman cannot control everything and is always concerned about the finished product."
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