With the re-birth of Irish Whiskey production, the development of new world class distilleries, visitor centres and The Irish Whiskey Tourism Trail, it’s time for a contemporary glass to become the iconic symbol unifying Irish Whiskey drinkers around the world.
Our glass is as much about emotion as it is about technicality, but here’s the science bit anyway……
Smell: Aroma is a very important part of the experience of a whiskey, traditional wide brimmed tumblers cause aromas to diffuse too widely, tulip shaped nosing glasses narrowly concentrate of all the vapours and can cause ethanol to punch into the eyes and nose. The conical shape of the Túath concentrates the vapours while its slightly wider opening and flared top let more of the alcohol vapours flow out, allowing you to nose the centre of the glass without alcohol burn, and the whiskey to express its hidden aromas and flavours.
Colour: Blenders and connoisseurs like a stemmed glass which allows for the inspection of the spirits colour without marking and clouding the view of the bowl with fingerprints. The Túath achieves this with its iconic short stem allowing for swirling, viewing and nosing.
Touch: The Túath’s stem provides a secure anchor for the thumb, and either left or right handed users can safely swirl and nose the whiskey, while the larger chamber and wider aperture allow the drinker to retain eye contact by not having to tilt their head back so far.
Taste: The larger chamber of The Túath allows whiskey drinkers to move seamlessly from a tasting experience to a drinking experience. The fine rim of the Túath glass elegantly sits on the surface of the lip while also allowing the alcohol vapours to escape away from the mouth enhancing the taste of the whiskey.
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