Reviews Posted by Monica Miller

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[Limited] Kuradashi Matcha Pinnacle Refill (120g/4.23oz)
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29 11/14/2021
After my initial experience tasting the Kuradashi Pinnacle Matcha I just had to ensure that I had enough to last me a very long time. I store mine in a Vacuum Sealed bag in the refrigerator until I'm ready to use it. I then take it out of the refrigerator and let it sit...(more)
[Limited] SHINO SARASA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)
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29 10/30/2021
I forgot to add my picture...here's what mine looks like. So elegant! This bowl is absolutely amazing. The way it was made with the five different carvings and then the milky glaze poured over it was very creative and the effect is very beautiful. The addition of the...(more)
[Limited] NINSEI TSUBAKI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)
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27 10/27/2021
I saw this Camellia bowl and knew it had to be mine  This bowl is very light weight and feels very good in the hands. Literally speaking, it is like a work of art. Each element (flower or leaf) is meticulously drawn in gold and then carefully filled in. The colors are ...(more)
[Limited] Kuradashi Matcha Pinnacle (30g/1.06oz)   Out of Stock
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101 10/20/2021
I had read so much about the Kuradashi Matcha and was so excited to finally be able to order it. While I mainly enjoy Usucha, I tried it as Koicha today and was stunned by how sweet the Koicha was. Usually, there is a bit of bitterness and it can get to feel like it's '...(more)
[Limited] Kuradashi Gyokuro Pinnacle (40g/1.41oz)   Out of Stock
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105 10/14/2021
I waited all year to try the Kuradashi Gyokuro Pinnacle for the first time and to be honest, I was frustrated. My first attempt produced a very strong brew that was too strong for my liking (I used 5 g in my Shoami Hohin at 50C). I wrote to Hibiki-An for help. I appreci...(more)
[Limited] NINSEI HANA SAKURA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)   Out of Stock
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44 10/12/2021
NINSEI HANA SAKURA is a beautifully made matcha bowl. I have a lot of bowls in a wide range of prices and at $106 this is a lot of bowl for the money. The bowl itself is a beautiful creamy white, lightweight, and with a gorgeous crackled glaze. It’s slightly pinched...(more)
[Limited] HEKI HYO GA (handcrafted Teacup: 230ml)   Out of Stock
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282 06/19/2021
This is one of the best deals for a yunomi. The color is so amazing. It looks like the picture on the website but better. There is a rough texture to it, lots of drips, and it is not too big. I took a picture of it with some of my other yunomi for reference. It is a hea...(more)
[Limited] HANA KESSHO TamaYunomi -Pair (handcrafted Teacup)   Out of Stock
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298 06/19/2021
I love these Hana Kessho Tama Yunomi. The white and blue compliment each other and the colors compliment my Hana Kessho Blue/White Flared Yunomi almost exactly. As you can see in the picture, the shape is not exact for each. The white yunomi is just a bit flatter than t...(more)
[Limited] HANA KESSHO Flared Yunomi SHIROJI AO (handcrafted)   Out of Stock
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288 06/18/2021
This is my favorite of the Hana Kesso yunomi I have bought so far. The shape and color are spectacular! I love the way it flares so subtley and the way the colors merge from blue to white. I would like to see more items with these two tone effects. The feel of this yuno...(more)
[Limited] HANA KESSHO RURI - Flat (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)   Out of Stock
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285 06/18/2021
I started collecting the Hana Kessho glazed items after I fell in love with the Hana Kessho Gin Fuji matcha bowl and how beautiful the glazing is. When I saw this flat bowl I fell in love with it, however, I wasn't sure about the color though. To me, it seemed like it w...(more)
[Limited] HANA KESSHO GIN FUJI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)   Out of Stock
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422 05/22/2021
This bowl is indescribable. I agree that it is much lovelier in person. It’s hard to believe this is porcelain because in the hand it feels so smooth and iridescent. It looks like a huge gemstone was carved into a bowl. The color is very alluring: Depending on the light...(more)
[Limited] NEJI HANA MON (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)   Out of Stock
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438 05/21/2021
This is an absolutely beautiful matcha bowl that coordinates very well with Hana Mishima (also by Tohrako Morisato). At first I didn’t think this bowl would be ‘different enough’ to add to my collection, but I was wrong. As you can see, compared to Hana Mishima, the two...(more)
SHOAMI Hohin set (handcrafted Tea Set)
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443 05/09/2021
I’ve been enjoying this Hohin set for a while now. When I first got it I had to learn to use it. Hold it in one hand, press down on the lid, and pour. Pouring from a Hohin is a little tricky, since the design encourages a fast flow, so trying to pour slowly is a challen...(more)
Superior Tea Tasting Set (3 x each 100g/3.53oz)
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610 04/06/2021
I'm really glad that there was this tasting option available with smaller bags of tea to 'try out'. It gave me the opportunity to taste Gyokuro and Sencha Fukamushi (I was already familiar with Sencha). My absolute favorite is the Sencha Fukamushi. It is sweet but at th...(more)
[Limited] KOHZANJI Yunomi - pair (handcrafted Teacup)   Out of Stock
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443 04/03/2021
At first I hesitated at buying these but I'm glad I did. They are really well made and super adorable. A lot of work went into making these and there is a history behind the work. The vertical scraping all around is not only visually appealing but also gives a place for...(more)
FUROSHIKI Gift Super Premium Matcha Set
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469 04/03/2021
This makes a very nice gift (though I bought it for myself). It has almost everything you need to make a bowl of matcha all wrapped up in a very lovely Furoshiki cloth. I love the HYO SETSU HAKU Multi-cup, use it for drinking tea and can also be used for matcha (thou...(more)
SUSUDAKE Chashaku (handcrafted Matcha Spoon)
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387 04/03/2021
This is a very nice Chashaku made of smoked wood. It feels smooth to the touch and has a very nice coloring. Functions well.
Matcha Sifter
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507 04/03/2021
This is a very nice matcha sifter. I was surprised by the size, it's very large. Since it is not washable I would be cautious about storing matcha in it for fear of it sticking to the sides (too much might be lost to the static in the container). The container is very l...(more)
Hand Sifter (Chakoshi)
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395 04/03/2021
I have both the orange matcha sifter and this hand sifter (Chakoshi) and after using this simple hand sifter for a month now, I have to say that I prefer this one over the orange matcha sifter (which is more elaborate) for several reasons: 1. The mesh in the hand sif...(more)
[Limited] Gyokuro Konacha Super Premium (100g/3.53oz)   Out of Stock
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573 03/20/2021
I just received my order and had to make my Gyokuro Konacha Super Premium. Even though it's described as a 'natural by-product' of the tea processing, these tiny leaves and specks made one-heck-of-a DELICIOUS cup of tea!! At first it was a little bitter even though I ha...(more)
[New] SHIGARAKI KAKEAWASE KITTATE - pair (handcrafted)
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483 03/20/2021
When I saw these yunomi by Mr. Eizan Okuda I knew I would not be disappointed. I’m a fan of Mr. Okuda’s work so I knew these yunomi would be EXQUISITE! They may not look like much in the pictures but there is a lot of work, skill, and detailing behind each yunomi. I pur...(more)
[Recommended] MATSUBA Yunomi (Teacup:pair:100ml each)
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628 03/16/2021
These are great little teacups. They are just the right size, very light and well balanced. Slightly flared at the rim makes them feel really good when drinking. The design is a simple (but not boring) pine needle design with blue and green accents on a white teacup. I ...(more)
[Shouraku] AKA MAKUGUSURI CHAWAN (by Shohraku III)
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504 03/15/2021
The AKA MAKUGUSURI CHAWAN is beyond words. Visually, it is STRIKING and definitely substantial. It takes command of the spotlight next to my other matcha chawans. Although Aka raku is called ‘red’, this one is not a red in the sense of a brick in color. The aka on this ...(more)
[Limited] Gyokuro Karigane Super Premium (40g/1.41oz)   Out of Stock
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504 03/15/2021
I totally ADORE Hibiki-An's Gyokuro Karigane Super Premium. It has a beautiful sweetness and subtle notes of green and a hint of citrus. It has a pale golden color. My picture shows a little bit of 'sediment' even after using a strainer but it's totally undetectable whe...(more)
KI KOHIKI Yunomi (handcrafted Teacup: 175ml)
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1022 03/09/2021
I almost didn't buy this beauty because I thought it was too 'masculine'. Is it? Not in the least! I needed to get out of my comfort zone of flowery things. This cup is awesome. It is a lovely buttery color with lots of cracks and iron splotches. It really does help mak...(more)
[Limited] HANA KIKOH -Persimmon (handcrafted Multi-cup)   Out of Stock
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368 02/26/2021
Beautifully rendered persimmons grace this multi-use cup/bowl. The gold accents add a bit of a sparkle. I love the dark, wavy rims. Well shaped and balanced, nice vibrant colors and those beautiful patches of orange and orange circles add an interesting touch. An amazin...(more)
[Limited] HANA KIKOH - Plum (handcrafted Multi-cup:180ml)   Out of Stock
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371 02/26/2021
This cup is even more beautiful in person as you can see some of the details that are elusive in a picture. It's a great multi-use cup, beautifully shaped and painted with vibrant colors. It's just the right weight. Can also be used as a small matcha bowl if you have th...(more)
MANTEN Yuzamashi (Water Cooler: 325ml)
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550 02/26/2021
This is a great little water cooler that makes a nice match to my teapot. I have creatively found another use for it. In addition to cooling water, I use it as a 'holding pot' for my tea. I am a solo tea drinker so I only steep half of the amount of tea. What I end up d...(more)
Matcha Pinnacle (30g/1.06oz)
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899 02/26/2021
This was my first purchase of the Matcha Pinnacle and it really left me speechless. The deep green color, the delightful fragrance, and that sweet taste made a nectar that was intoxicatingly delicious with absolutely no bitterness. I crave more. The 'stuff' we buy here ...(more)
[Limited] Houjicha Karigane Super Premium (100g/3.53oz)   Out of Stock
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237 02/24/2021
This was my first purchase of Houjicha Karigane Super Premium and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. My first impression of the aroma was somewhat coffee-like. My first sips lead to pure enjoyment. It was nutty and sweet and just a bit smoky. Low caffeine is a pl...(more)
[Top Choice!] SOME KAMON Yunomi (handcrafted Teacup: pair)
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499 02/24/2021
I just enjoyed a cup of Houjicha Karigane Super Premium in these beautiful little cups and I have to say it was a very enjoyable experience. The teacup is thin and light and it felt like silk against my lips. The style is graceful and simple. The lines are clean. The fl...(more)
MANTEN Kyusu (Teapot: 350ml)
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531 02/24/2021
I chose this teapot with help from the lovely customer service at Hibiki-An. I have to say that I love it. Aside from a few tiny leaves getting through from my blended sencha, the built in strainer works beautifully. It holds about seven ounces with leaves. Just enough ...(more)
Tea Scoop HYOTAN (Sami)
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465 02/24/2021
This is a very well made and elegant tea scoop. I had to learn how to use it because I was used to an American teaspoon. Once you know what the conversion is, it's a lot of fun and much easier to use than a regular 'tea' spoon. I found that one scoop equaled about one t...(more)
Vermilion Chataku (saucer: pair)
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441 02/24/2021
These are some pretty nice wooden coasters. They are pretty large but not heavy and accommodate a wide range of sized cups. There is a textured 'square' in the middle that prevents cups from sliding around. I really like them glad that I purchased them.
HANA MISHIMA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)
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538 02/20/2021
When I first saw this matcha bowl on the website I instantly fell in love with all of the details and designs. When I actually received the bowl I was very surprised at how small and intricate the designs actually are. This takes great skill and patience. The bowl is a ...(more)
[Limited] HANA TSUDOI - KIKYOH (handcrafted Teacup: 250ml)   Out of Stock
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375 02/19/2021
I love this cup. It's a beautiful shade of pink. The flowers are very well rendered and painted beautifully with many different colors and the gold accents are well placed to add dimension and interest. The interior is painted white and you can see the brush strokes. Th...(more)
[Limited] HANA TSUDOI - AYAME (handcrafted Teacup: 175ml)   Out of Stock
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388 02/19/2021
This cup is a beautiful work of artistry. Its darkened red color contrasts with the beautiful Iris with it's beautiful shades of purple, yellow, green, gold, and many other shades. This cup feels a bit substantial and it has a slightly thicker construction with a thicke...(more)
[Limited] HANA TSUDOI - pair (AYAME / KIKYOH, handcrafted)   Out of Stock
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385 02/19/2021
I purchased this pair of cups because they are flower themed and because the two in the pair are not identical. Both are beautifully crafted and painted with vibrant colors. The flowers use many different shadings of colors to add depth and dimensionality. The gold acce...(more)
[Limited] YU RYU SAI Matcha bowl - brown (handcrafted)   Out of Stock
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565 02/18/2021
This is an awesome little matcha bowl. There are so many little nuances in the color that one can get lost just gazing at it. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it's a pleasure to drink matcha out of it. It's very smooth and just the right thickness. It feels great ho...(more)