OK. I did it. I broke the cardinal rule of never working with superlatives. Why? Simply put, rules were made to be broken, and no one, simply no one, should have the ability to say anything is the World’s Best.
But I did it. Because the Neat Glass simply is.
The Neat Glass was designed by George Manska. Manska is an interesting fellow- he’s an ex-design engineer for Ford Motor Company who somehow found his way back into product design via Morgan Stanley (you’ll have to ask him for the full story). Manska knows his wine and spirits. He’s a member of the Commanderie de Bordeaux and can rattle off the major players in the Scotch and Bourbon industries without flinching.
The NEAT glass came about because George made a few errors while taking glass blowing lessons, resulting in a glass with a bit-too-flared rim. He took the samples home, drank a bit, and the NEAT glass was born. (OK, so he did about 50 or so prototypes before settling on the current design)
The problem with spirits is that the ethanol comes off the spirit quickly. The higher the alcohol content, the greater the burn and ‘hit’ on your tender nasal passages. That ‘hit’ also interferes with the ability to discern the true subtleties of the spirit. In the past I’ve dealt with this by swirling and blowing off the ethanol before taking a sip. The ethanol is still present, however, and there is ‘burn’, however reduced.
Christine Crnek (the brains of the operation) and George showed up with a sample glass. I poured 2 oz. of Small Batch Four Roses in a typical old-fashioned and did the same in the NEAT. NEAT simply amazed me- there was a minimum of ethanol present and all I tasted was smooth, flavorful bourbon. Not only that, but the ‘feel’ and the flavor swere significantly different (and, more importantly, more enjoyable) to what I had previously experienced with a bourbon I am fairly familiar with. In other words, I had a completely different experience with a brand I was well aware of.
So how does it work?
Well, George went in depth on this one. Let’s just keep it simple and blame it on vapor pressure. Ethanol is a lighter molecule than a lot of the ‘flavorful’ molecules in booze. ”Directing evaporated vapors toward an orifice (opening) smaller than the evaporative surface area concentrates them into tighter space than when they were floating around in the larger evaporation chamber. This restriction causes crowding and raises vapor pressure because not as many molecules can get out, even though pushed by vapor pressure from below. As molecules are concentrated, lighter ethanol molecules go wild, and collision frequencies and molecular velocities increase in the dense crowd.”
So, basically the ethanol (being lighter) hauls ass out of there (by and large) and leaves a fairly clean experience- free of burn.
Needless to say, I was so impressed with the product that I am planning on doing additional taste comparisons this evening. And tomorrow, perhaps. An additional note is that the glass fits nicely into the hand, which allows easy warming of the spirit.
I’m not kidding. If you do not have a superlative experience with this product return it for a refund under the Unicahome E-Z Return policy.
Incidentally, the glassware is blown in Morgantown, W. Va.- my dad’s home town and (at one point) one of the major glass production centers in the United States. Go USA!
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Thanks to Ms. Xania Woodman of Las Vegas Seven Magazine for her stamp of approval. She knows her stuff.
This evening I tried it versus various snifters, riedel whisky and cognac glasses, and traditional scotch glasses. No comparison. The glass is excellent with other spirits as well- we tried tequila, cognac and grappa. Waiting for the red wine version.
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