Several years ago I had purchased this tankard in a different color and we loved them so much I decided to purchase them again so we would stop fighting over who got to use them when we had company. The color we had was no longer available so we ordered this one even though it wouldn't match. We like this one even more as the handles are just a tad different in that they are more rounded and don't hold the heat as the flatter handles on the previous cups. That means we can take them right out of the microwave without using a potholder, yet the liquid in the mug itself is piping hot. Great improvement. The mugs are sturdy and can be microwaved and put in the dishwasher. These are our favorite mugs.