Feb 25, 2016, 02:36
This teapot is a great brewing vessel. I've owned it for close to a month now, and this is my current list of pros and cons:
1. It's a lightweight pot, but it still shows excellent craftsmanship, and in no way feels cheaply made.
2. The aesthetic is very toned down. It shows it's beauty without being flashy. I appreciate that sort of minimalist aesthetic.
3. It brews very well. You can make (almost) all sorts of tea in this vessel; from tight, ball rolled oolongs, to broken leaf red's, and medium steamed Japanese Green.
4. The built in tea strainer is very nice, and, as advertised, does an excellent job of keeping your tea from soaking in the bottom between infusions. Unfortunately, it also has one issue, which leads me to the cons.
1. I find that brewing heavy steamed Japanese green tea in this pot, can lead to the pores in the filter getting clogged. It's a very fine mesh screen, and the tiny particles of these heavily steamed teas can really get stuck in there. To the point where if I don't spend 10 minutes vigorously scrubbing it down after brewing, I can clearly still smell tea coming off of it. This might be fine if it was dedicated to one type of tea, and there was no risk of cross contaminating flavor profiles. Sadly, this isn't a yixing, and was thus bought as a workhorse teapot.
For my usage, this is still a minor complaint.
Aug 30, 2015, 14:17
This is a lovely kyusu, both beautiful and functional. The photos don’t do this justice. Somewhat darker in real life than in the current photographs on display, this is a beauty to behold. It holds 320 ml although I usually brew 240 ml of fukamushi or 120 ml of gyokuro.
Advantages: Beautiful to look at, nice to hold in one hands, pours well, quite easy to clean, good for asamushi, fukamushi and gyokuro.
May 28, 2015, 05:23
This is a wonderful teapot, beautifully made and a pleasure to use. It is of a very high quality, and again as with other items I have purchased from O-Cha, it is something I will use regularly, and cherish for a lifetime.
Dec 25, 2014, 18:49
This is my first kyusu, and I think I did very well for myself! :) The pot has an attractive brown-ish metalic-black color to it, as well as an interesting indention design on it. I took the time to measure, and yes, it does in fact hold 12 fluid oz of water (though I only fill it to around 5). The pour of the pot is smooth, while not being overly fast, which could cause minor spillage (happens with my Yixings sometimes). I have found that it's somewhat difficult to get "all" of the tea liquor out, but the filter makes that almost a moot point. The filter on the inside is actually quite nice, it's bowl shaped, fitted to the sides of the pot, and slightly elevated off the bottom to keep any residual tea liquid from steeping the leaf.
If you are phobic about dust in your tea, I wouldn't recommend this. The filter, while not at all massive, is not the finest on the market. A fukamushi tea would slip through this with relative ease. As as comparison, the medium steamed Daily Sencha leaves a fair amount of particulate in the cup (a non issue in my case, I never strain my teas). My only wish would be for this to come in a left-handed model. :P
Dec 14, 2013, 05:33
Love this teapot - it is a treasure.
Mar 8, 2013, 12:00
I love this teapot. Unfortunately mine broke (both me and my mother dropped it) but I like it so much that I bought another one.
Advantages: built-in infuser, holds enough water to fill larger cups, looks awesome
Disadvantages: not glazed, VERY fragile
Apr 17, 2012, 09:00
This is a wonderful Tokoname Teapot! I especially like the fact that it can hold 12 ounces of water, since I generally use a larger teacup.