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Norlan Whisky Glass, Set of 2
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- A MODERN, lightweight design featuring hand-blown double-walled borosilicate glass
- REDUCES ethonal burn through specially developed inner protrusions
- CONCAVE outer rim formed to fit the lower lip of the mouth elegantly
- REFINED with master distiller Jim McEwan over the course of a four day workshop.
- SINGLE microfiber polishing cloth included
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The Glass That Enhances Whisky
Inspired by nature, digitally crafted, and meticulously refined with master distiller Jim McEwan, the Norlan Whisky Glass has been designed to capture whisky's complex flavors and aromatics and deliver them to the senses like never before.
The Norlan Whisky Glass is a transparent double walled vessel, formed with glass blowing technique into two separate two-part molds: one for the inner wall and one for the outer wall. After the inner and outer glass walls have been blown and prepared, the inner glass is inserted into the outer, at which time the rims are reheated and joined. This creates a featherweight, hollow body glass with dramatically different inside and outside form, allowing the Norlan Glass to offer a scientifically performing inside with an aesthetically beautiful outside.
Performance Features & Advantages Over Existing Glasses
Inspired by the movement of ocean waves and developed with fluid dynamics modeling, specailly designed protrusion forms inside the Norlan Glass act to create a standing wave shape when the whisky is swirled inside the glass. The resulting wave form increases the surface to air ratio and rate of oxidization. The effect here is that considerably more ethanol evaporates. This resulting reduction in volatility allows the whisky to become significantly more expressive.
The second main performance feature is the shape of the inner walls, which close as they rise and then flare out again so as not to hit the nose. The height and diameter of the smallest aperture focuses the aromatics to the nose while simultaneously diffusing the ethanol away from the face, fantastically improving the taste of your whisky.
Nosing glasses often concentrate the shape of the vapor in such a way that they tightly focus it, causing the ethanol to punch into the eyes and nose. A significant downside to using a nosing glass is that it changes the drinking experience to an introspective process, whereby the head is tilted up and back, cutting the drinker off from his surroundings.
A tumbler, on the other hand, allows one to sip while maintaining eye contact; a cool social glass. The social advantage of this is obvious, however the wide opening of the glass diffuses the aromatics of the spirit too widely, fading and flattening out the unique aromas of the spirit away from the nose—the drinker’s first and primary sensory point.
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The Norlan Glass was designed with the intention of enjoying whisky neat. It is therefore our recommendation to not use ice in the glass. Should you decide to use ice, please be mindful that cubes must be gently placed into the inner bowl; we cannot be held responsible for breakage from ice being dropped into the glass. Add ice after the liquid and avoid the use of automatic ice dispensers. We do not recommend putting whisky stones in the glass and unfortunately cannot be held liable for any breakage or scratching that may occur as a result of using them.
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Two notes for improvements.
1. The packaging is really cool, but... unless you want to re-wrap the glasses in the packing paper, its kinda useless. A foam insert for each glass in the packaging tube would be a great improvement over the paper. It would allow the user to safely store their (extremely fragile and expensive) glasses.
2. While being extremely high quality glass, its waaaaaay to light and fragile. Make the outer glass wall a little thicker. Everyone enjoys a light glass, but not a fragile one. And everyone i know would rather have a glass that won't break easily over something that weights .2 oz less.
A tip for those who are looking to try these.
This is a tasting glass!!!! It is not meant for cocktails or to be filled to the brim with spirits. If you're looking for that, this is not the glass for you. Also, wash by hand. these glasses are nice, but i'm not sure they could handle a dishwasher.
Firstly, if you are a whiskey drinker (and an American) you've likely learned to hate the standard bell shaped Glencairn-style glass that hits your nose awkwardly when drinking. And being an American, you also were probably raised on the heavy, thick tumbler that accommodates ice more easily. So to that, this glass may feel light in the hand and delicate, but that's all part of the craftsmanship. In essence. this is a handblown bell shaped glass suspended inside a more tumbler shaped glass. This means you can hold it like you would a tumbler, but the heat of your hand won't affect the whiskey. Inside the bell shape is a star shaped (for lack of better word) indent in the bottom of the glass. When you pour the whiskey into the glass, it reflects all around those edges and the rim like bits of gold. A really lovely effect! Technically, the ridges inside are designed to better allow the whiskey to mix when you swirl it, releasing aroma. Now honestly I bought these because they are lovely, I like to support small business owners making cool new things, and for a 'fancy' drinking glass it was reasonably priced. But of course, when we unwrapped the gorgeous packaging (black tube that looks like you are opening a nice bottle of scotch) we HAD to do the fun nerdy taste test.
The result was surprising to say the least. Our cheapass whiskey tasted much much smoother, and our good stuff just opened up. Not joking. We all were nerding out posting pics. So added benefit - became a party game! LOL Liked them so much I've bought extras as gifts.
Because they are blown glass they are delicate (though i haven't had one chip or crack yet) so hand wash only. And to some they may feel light (if you are used to heavy tumblers). If you like a giant ball of ice, this isn't the glass for you. This is for drinking and really tasting whiskey (neat or an ice cube if called for).
On a side note, though not at all the intent of the makers, ....it makes a great wine glass too, especially for Reds (that swirling opens them up nicely too!). So rather than having those less than attractive Glencairn glasses taking up my precious little cabinet space, this glass is doing some double duty and making the experience better all around.
Hope that helps. Love to support the little guys making great things and love when beautiful design makes for a transformative experience. :D
Cons: No weight to the glass, very fragile, shape is odd/non traditional and I prefer the look of glancairn glasses (personal preference)
Pros: Does what it says in eliminating some of the harsh alcohol vapor, biggest difference (understandably) noticed in cask strength whiskey
Testing: I had my 58 year old mother who does not drink whiskey smell a ardbeg and a glendronach in the norlan glass and a glencairn glass. Without knowing the purpose of the test of the test she immediately told me the norlan glasses smelled smoother, less caustic and less like rubbing alcohol.
Overall I think if you drink scotch a few times a week and can afford to spend 40$ or more on a bottle, you should pick these glasses up. I have a small reservation that these might subdue some of the scent/flavor while subduing the ethos vapors that glencairn glasses would otherwise let you pick up. I continue to drink scotch side by side in the two glasses ( Norlan and glencairn) and I seem to be able to find all the components of the nose in both glasses. I gave four stars for the lack of weight to the glass and the fragility. I hope they make a second generation glass with a little more weight.
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