Blog #1 Glassware Rim Height from Liquid
If you have a tulip glass, pour 1/2 oz. whiskey and sniff. Not much besides ethanol on your nose if the distance to the liquid is greater than 3”. Add in small increments and sniff each time. As the spirit level approaches your nose, you pick up enough aromas to detect more character. Why? Different aromas = different molecular masses, gravity keeps larger mass aromas closer to the liquid surface. Ethanol is the lightest compound and moves quicker away from the surface due to vapor pressure. Tulip glasses including the Glencairn nosing glass and Norlan glass are too tall. The best spirits glass gets your nose close. Many aromas may never reach the top for detection. Short is good for character aromas, tall for strong ethanol aroma..
Blog #2 How Quick Does Ethanol Impair Smell?
Wow, that is a hard question. We know ethanol molecules numb the sense of smell, and they are by far the most abundant molecules in a sniff of spirit, well over 90%. In the lab we have measured significant differences in aroma detection after four good sniffs, and in competitions, nearly all judges experience difficulty by the third flight with tulip glasses (5 samples). In more than 100 competitions with the NEAT spirits glass, there has never been a reported instance of ethanol anesthesia, but it’s prevalent with tulip glasses. What spirits tasting glasses do you use? If you appreciate fine spirits, don’t be fooled by tulip glassware that hides aromas. NEAT, the ultimate spirits glass, should be your glass of choice.
Blog #3 Why is the Tulip Glass so Popular?
Several reasons; (1) the spirits industry loves iconic identification (2) no one ever believed ethanol could be separated from character aromas, (3) most do not understand the effect of anesthetic ethanol, (4) most believe small rims prevent aromas from escaping detection, when they actually concentrate ethanol making detection more difficult, (5) there is always resistance to change, even if it is scientifically valid and (6) at the superficial level, its all about belonging to a male spirits drinking club. The NEAT spirits glass is about maximizing drinking enjoyment for everyone, and includes the much more sensitive noses of the ladies. The spirits industry has worked very hard to find “devices” to make their iconic tulip glass work better, to no avail. Breathing through the mouth and nose simultaneously, wafting, adding water, and not swirling are all measures which shut down ALL aromas, not just ethanol. Tulip glasses may identify you as a member of the “club” but they hinder your appreciation of fine spirits. Time to look ahead, spirits industry, and see the possibilities which could bring you out of the dark ages and greatly expand your audience. NEAT is the ultimate spirits glass (trademark).