The Niall Glass
CRAFTED FOR THE CONNOISSEUR OF COGNAC
The Niall brings the mastery of science and artistry that flows through every element of our products to create the perfect Cognac glass. From the material to the design, no detail has been overlooked to craft the ultimate glass for the cognac connoisseur.
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When nosing and tasting a fine cognac, smell is known to be responsible for 80% of the taste. Yet the ethanol vapours that form part of that spirit can create a burning sensation in the nose, preventing the drinker from appreciating the full spectrum and complex layering of flavour. Our glassware has been scientifically designed to remove the ethanol, leaving the connoisseur free to enjoy only the rich, round, deep flavours.
The process of removing the ethanol vapours begins with the material. While borosillicate and crystal have a rigid molecular structure, in soda-lime glass the molecules are in constant movement. Our numerous studies and prototypes found this amorphous molecular structure allowed soda-lime glass to absorb the ethanol more efficiently than crystal or borosilicate, leaving fewer vapours on the nose. The design of the glass itself was built around this capability, enabling the greatest removal of the ethanol by the glass.
The Niall was designed to allow the drinker to fully appreciate the liquid, with every element carefully conceived to create the perfect experience for the connoisseur. Building on soda-lime’s ability to absorb ethanol, the shape was designed to further enable this process.
THE VORTEX POINT
A small depression at the base of the glass creates a swirling tornado that spins the ethanol molecules down and out to the sides of the glass where they’re absorbed into the walls. Playing on both gravity and geometry, this ‘Vortex Point’ has taken years of research and development. It epitomises the obsessive perfectionism that runs through every decision and design element of our whiskeys and their accessories.
The Vortex Point spins the molecules out to the edges of the glass where the amorphous structure of the soda-lime glass absorbs the ethanol. Without the ethanol burn that hinders the full appreciation of the aroma and flavour, the drinker can nose and taste the drink, noticing every layer of flavour as intended.
While a straight-sided glass would allow the ethanol vapours to travel unhindered to the nose, the bulb shape of The Niall aids the swirling tornado created by the Vortex Point, spinning the molecules to the sides. While the principles of the design are similar to The Érimón and The Finn in allowing this removal of the ethanol, the opening and bulb are larger, allowing for a greater serving of liquid. The drinker can hold and enjoy the cognac for longer, cradling it in the hand and allowing some heat to pass through to the liquid to further amplify the flavours of the cognac.
A COGNAC GLASS FOR THE CONNOISSEUR
In removing the ethanol vapours and subsequent burn from the spirit, the experience is elevated. The connoisseur can appreciate the aroma and flavour in the complex layers imbued by the cask. From the initial inhalation to the last sip, the flavours are intriguingly complex, with layers of phenolic compounds bringing deep, rich notes that would have been hindered by the overpowering ethanol vapours. The Niall is the perfect cognac glass for the connoisseur.