Norlan Glass VAILD - Black Edition
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From the darkness emerged an infinity of gold. A photonic pinball, played out in the endless depths of a bottomless black pool.
About the VAILD Edition
The VAILD Edition of the Norlan Glass was developed to create a unique blind nosing experience. The impenetrable black outer wall conceals, while the inner wall reveals.
From within, the black outer wall creates a perfect recursive infinity mirror—stray photons that find their way into this light trap bounce around like some cosmic ballet, taking with it the whisky, uninterrrupted, wholly reflected, and refracted back into itself... for ever and ever. Until the sun fades, electricity ebbs, the lights dim, and no one can see anything ever again.
And now all we have to guide us is the story of aroma, stimulated by heroic molecular vibrations and the awesome power of a fully operational olfactory receptor set.
Use & Care
- Sold as a Set of Two
- Material: Hand-blown borosilicate glass with matte black exterior finish
- Dimensions: 9.5cm tall, 6.3cm diameter outer rim, 3.8cm square base
- Total capacity approx. 6.9 fl. oz. Recommended pour 0.75-1.5 fl. oz.
- Weight: 125 grams (that's very light)
- Concave lip: formed to fit the lower lip of the mouth elegantly
- Packaged in an elegant tube
Please care for the Norlan Glass VAILD with the following in mind:
- Do not use ice or whisky stones as they can damage the inner wall.
- Do not drag the base of the glass against rough surfaces. This can cause the outer finish to wear away.
- Please hand wash using a mild detergent and non-abrasive cloth.
- Do not place in a microwave or oven.
Through specially developed protrusion forms inside the glass — adapted through studying bio-mimicry — when swirled around the glass the fluid forms a standing wave shape, which increases the surface to air ratio and rate of oxidization. The effect here is that considerably more ethanol evaporates. This resulting increase in volatility allows the whisky to become significantly more expressive. This feature is an invention of the Norlan glass — no other whisky glass will do this for you.
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.
“Fifty-three years in this business and still there are some things that surprise you. This is the best glass I’ve ever used... Better than the glass I test my own whiskies with."— Jim McEwan, Master Distiller
Advantages over existing Glasses
The casual drinker and aficionado alike commonly enjoy whisky or bourbon in an “old- fashioned” tumbler, a wide open-brimmed glass intended for iced cocktails. Many connoisseurs prefer a narrower aperture of the brim, opting for a tasting (or nosing) glass—a stemmed tulip-shaped snifter that concentrates the aromas and allow for inspection of the spirit’s color without marking the glass’ bowl with fingerprints.
We took these two preferences to heart and through an extensive process of analyzing fluid dynamics and flavor transfer, iterative design, and expert feedback, created an entirely new whisky glass.
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.