on 7 June 2013
I wanted a sake set that was authentic looking, not some tacky flowery tat that bears no resemblance to real Japanese designs. Unfortunately this was the only one on Amazon that fitted the bill; fortunately it's great!
In appearance the cups and bottle are a slightly shimmery rust colour. They're very tactile, smooth and comfortable in the hand, yet also sturdy and robust. I was slightly hesitant when using the set for warm sake, but I didn't need to worry; I have heated sake directly in the bottle by standing it in a pan of hot water with no problem.
All in all a great purchase which has already had plenty of use. I even like sake more than I used to...
As my title suggests, this really is a nice little set. The colour is soft and easy on the eye, nothing like some of the obnoxious patterns that are out there and will fit in my kitchen or dining room as the final glaze of the ceramic is slightly metallic. A large dinner table setting or a big get-together would benefit from two or three of these on the table as they are only designed for two people.
I bought it in September as a present for my boyfriend but we still haven't used it yet (who drinks Sake that often?) I shall try it out (hot and cold) and add the findings to this review in the future.
In all, a nice product; well made, not too expensive, decorative and a good gift.