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A glass with class! Give your senses a treat
, October 24, 2011
This review is from: Bodum Pavina 12-Ounce Double Wall Thermo Tumbler Glass, Set of 6 (Kitchen)
These glasses have a subtle style that invites you to handle them. They have a wonderful curve that is so very pleasant to hold. They are just the right weight--definitely not heavy and dense, but not light weight either--not too fragile and not chintzy at all. There are no seams and the glass is very clear. I find them pleasurable and satisfying to use.
What I like best is that this glass allows you--almost encourages you--to use more of your senses when drinking from it. So that while you are sipping your beverage, you are also admiring the beautiful color of the liquid seemingly held suspended in air, feeling the smoothness, roundness and ambient temperature of the glass, and also breathing in the concentrated aroma that the shape somehow seems to promote.
This is absolutely the most perfect cup for tea. I believe my tea tastes better in this glass! Maybe because of the above: Involving more of your senses makes the experience more enjoyable and worthwhile. And we all need more of that! I use one of these glasses at work, where I drink a lot of herbal and green teas. It's a big hit around the conference table, where the color of the tea draws a lot of attention and admiration. Single-cup tea strainers fit nicely in this 12 oz.-size glass.)
Last week I saw a beautiful dark blue and black tea cup with a superb glaze that almost gave the appearance of glass--I had to buy it. What a mistake I made! I used it one time only. I poured my boiling water into my beautiful ceramic-glazed cup--then I couldn't hold it for five minutes or more! I missed the initial fragrance coming out of the cup; I missed the gentle warmth on my hands--and of course I missed the beautiful color of the tea. The next time I reached for one of my Bodum glasses.
I don't drink much coffee, but I do drink espresso every day. And we do own the small 2.5 oz. shot glasses in this line. So I can honestly say that it is sensual to watch the coffee from your single-serve machine pour into this clear glass--watch the layers separate and the crema form on the top.
I guess I've been concentrating on hot beverages, so I should also say that when cold liquids are in them, these glasses do not leave condensation rings and you'll not see them frosting on the outside.
I have cabinets full of glassware and cups in a lot of price ranges and from a lot of countries, suitable for all kinds of occasions: Crystal, glass, pressed glass, hand-blown, ceramic, porcelain... But I find myself reaching for these more often than not. They are very suitable for entertaining, as well as for everyday use. No, I'm not dumping my fine crystal or china...)
Some people might think they have the potential to break too easily. I've not found that to be true. But then I don't take chances by putting them in a sink or drainer along with heavy pots and pans. And I've not dropped one to see what happens. And I've not let ice cubes drop into them from the frig ice dispenser. These glasses have a tiny, clear rubber-like seal on the bottom. I also own some of the older Bodum double-walled glasses, without the rubber seal. So in comparing them, I don't find that the seal is noticeable and have not found them to leak. And I believe the company's claim that the seal is an improvement--that the seal helps balance the pressure inside the glass walls.
The only thing that's wrong? Well, this particular size (not so for the 2.5 oz.) has a slight lip on it. It is slight enough that it doesn't interfere with drinking, but it is there and it disrupts the end line of the curve--no biggie, just me being picky. My older 12 oz. glasses don't have this pronounced lip.
I really wish they made a size in between the 2.5 oz. and the 8 oz.--maybe a 5.5 ounce? It would be wonderful for hors d'oeuvre soups, rum toddies, long espressos....
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