Here's the intro to the cups from their website
1660 LONDON began as a dialogue between Tim d’Offay, a tea smith, and Peter Ting, a ceramics designer, in which the idea of how the shape of a tea cup actually affected the flavour of the tea being drunk was raised. Fascinated by this idea, the two men, each experts in their own field, set about exploring the concept.
The result is an elegant and innovative range of porcelain tea tasting cups, designed to enhance the experience of drinking teas by bringing out their bouquet, appearance and flavour.
These special shapes are already in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and was awarded the Best New Product 2012 by the World Tea Expo, USA.
They offer 3 models, the black tea cup, green tea cup and fragrance cup. I went with the green tea cups, not because it was listed as being for green tea but because it had the profile I most liked in a cup.
Here's the info for the green tea model
A refined porcelain tea cup that enhances the rich umami textures of the tea, giving a smooth, luxurious mouth feel before delivering a long multi-layered aftertaste.
Cups I ordered
http://www.postcardteas.com/site/produc ... set-white/
Firstly the service is always great with postcardteas, and they were with me the next day after ordering. The cups come in a sturdy white box with a blue sleeve which would actually make them perfect for gifting....so I did.....to myself
The cups are made from a medium to thin porcelain which tapers in thickness to the rim, I measured the cups at pretty much bang on 200ml which is great for me as I normally drink between 120ml-150ml of sencha per serving.
The quality of the porcelain is very high, lovely crystal ping with not a single imperfection in the glaze. The feel in the hand is spot on, and the rim of the cup ergonomically feels perfect on the lips. They feel like they are just made for sencha, and look lovely sat next to a kyusu. They are a little on the pricey side but I'm definitely happy to pay the £38 (2 cups) for such wonderful cups.
Thanks for reading....and now some pictures