Reviews Posted by David Waters

Products Rating Read Date Added
Tea Scoop HAGOITA (Sami)
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512 05/02/2016
Well worth buying. You can inspect and transfer the leaves in a way not possible with a teaspoon or tablespoon. I bought a second one for work because they are functional and pleasant to hold. Metal doesn't quite feel right when dealing with tea and ceramics. Wood feels...(more)
[Limited] GOHONDE (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)   Out of Stock
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449 05/02/2016
This is a very pretty bowl. Haha. Actually, I bought it after the fantastic experience I had with another line by Kagetsu Kiln, two Yunomi called Kaki-yu and Gohonde. I was enthralled with the lightness of the latter and the shape and feel of the former. In this chawan ...(more)
[Try it!] Sencha Fukamushi Super Premium (40g/1.41oz)
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1093 05/02/2016
I just brewed this to completion. Wow. This is a very reasonably priced item, considering the quality. I am working up through the various grades of sencha offered by this company and went with this most recently. 40g is a good amount when you think about how quickly hi...(more)
[Limited] HANA KOHCHI - pair (MOMIJI / TSUBAKI)   Out of Stock
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354 03/17/2016
These are beautiful cups that epitomise the idea of functional art when it comes to teaware. They feel nice to hold, and although I bought the set primarily for MOMIJI, it's nice to drink HOUJICHA from TSUBAKI and enjoy a change of mood from, say, organic Sencha in the ...(more)
KURO RAKU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)
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1269 03/17/2016
I will keep this short, as I am mindful that readers are often short of time. If you are drinking any type of Matcha, including entry-level HOUSE MATCHA from HIBIKI-AN, the taste and feel of the tea will be improved by KURO RAKU. There is really nothing more to it than ...(more)
Matcha Container (capacity 40g)
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566 03/17/2016
There are numerous ways to use these canisters. Here are some that I have employed. 1. Canister for Matcha. Using these as intended works admirably. I've been keeping some HOUSE MATCHA in one and its taste has not changed noticeably. I'd say they work as effectively ...(more)
Matcha Sifter
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1178 03/17/2016
This is one of several elements that combine to make a perfect Matcha experience. I was previously using a tea strainer (dry, of course) with a CHASHAKU to sift Matcha. When I graduated to this piece of equipment, and using KURO RAKU, I found there to be an incredible d...(more)
SUSUDAKE Chashaku (handcrafted Matcha Spoon)
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554 03/17/2016
If you are devoted to drinking Matcha regularly, or to making the most of the moments you do drink it, this CHASHAKU should be part of your inventory. I have both CHASHAKU offered by this company, and in comparing the two, this one is definitely of finer construction an...(more)
Whisk Keeper (Kusenaoshi)
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941 03/12/2016
Works as advertised! People may think you're some kind of expert if they see you using it. Allow them to retain this belief by using it as much as possible.
HAKUJI Matcha Starter Set
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1666 03/12/2016
This is a great set if you're contemplating MATCHA. I've progressed to purchasing a higher-grade set from HIBIKI-AN but will retain this kit as my secondary/work gear. If you just want to have some MATCHA, go for it. It will help you to appreciate the more refined produ...(more)
[Limited] Houjicha Super Premium (100g/3.53oz)   Out of Stock
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419 03/12/2016
The frangrance is strong but this brews quite mild. It's a very balanced tea and I can appreciate its elevated status amongst HOUJICHA. I've bought a second packet due to its limited availability and find that it does a lot to relax and calm the body and mind after stre...(more)
HAIYU Dobin (Teapot: 800ml)
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966 03/12/2016
This is a seriously cool way to brew your tea. My girlfriend tells me it's the nicest teapot I own. I won't decline the praise. It's up to you if you want this item. I'd say go for it - when you have guests or want to pump out a large cup of the good stuff, this is your...(more)
MANTEN Yuzamashi (Water Cooler: 325ml)
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733 03/12/2016
This is a useful accessory when you are in a situation without a teapot that allows brewing to pre-set temperatures. Water can sit in here for a short amount of time to attain the desired temperature. It functions as advertised and looks good. The alternative is learnin...(more)
Matcha Container (capacity 40g)
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522 03/12/2016
Great for transporting small quantities of tea when you're on the move. More resilient than the other canisters in this regard.
MANTEN Kyusu (Teapot: 350ml)   Out of Stock
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619 03/12/2016
The advice to avoid KYUSU with basket-style filters is pertinent. I would go further and say that KYUSU with fine-mesh ceramic filters are the standard. I have tried brewing teas that include FUKAMUSHI and KONACHA in both fine-mesh stainless and fine-mesh ceramic filter...(more)