Undoubtedly, you've been trying to make sense of all the different styles of absinthe glasses available today. With the legalization of Absinthe in 2007 came a new interest in absinthe accessories particularly different glass styles.
Glass styles specifically made for absinthe that are available today include those with or without a Reservoir, with or without a Dose-Line, those made of Blown Glass, Molded Glass or Uranium Glass just to name a few. Here, we will help you discover the purpose and function of all the variations in today's absinthe glass styles.
You can classify absinthe glasses into four basic categories. There is molded glass, blown glass, reservoir glasses and dose line glasses. The type of glass you choose will depend on how you will be using the glass. Molded glass is best if the glasses will be used frequently or handled roughly. Blown glass is more delicate and often reserved for special occasions. If you want to blown glass with merely the strength of a molded glass, look for one made a borosilicate glass. When deciding between a reservoir or dose line glass, keep in mind that neither is required but having a glass with a built-in measuring device will make it very convenient to mix individual drinks.
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Another consideration when choosing your glass is whether you prefer a dose line or reservoir style. The Reservoir or Dose Line is used to approximate how much absinthe you use to prepare your drink. You fill the glass to the dose line (or fill the reservoir) with absinthe and then fill the remainder of the glass with water. The reservoir or dose line is only a suggestion as to how much absinthe to add. Just like everything else, some absintheurs will prefer more and some less. In my experience, dose lines and reservoirs provide an accurate absinthe to water ratio and are a great way to measure your absinthe. They are also good for comparing different absinthe brands as you can easily measure the same amount of alcohol each time. Below are popular styles of dose line and reservoir glasses. Reservoir Glasses - Top Row, Dose Line Glasses - Bottom Row
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When choosing an absinthe glass, one of your first decisions will be whether to buy a blown or molded glass. Molded glass is heavier, thicker and less expensive than blown and will generally hold up better for frequent or commercial use. The more delicate blown glass is lighter in weight and thinner than molded and is usually more expensive. As they are more delicate, blown glasses for commercial use should be carefully considered. Currently, there is a type of blown absinthe glass available that is made from the very strong glass material known as Borosilicate Glass. Borosilicate glass is light weight and thin but extremely strong due to the boron oxide used in its production process. It is the same type of glass used to make laboratory glassware. If you can find your glass style in borosilicate, it will be almost as strong as molded glass. Something else to note is that Borosilicate Glass is also used in absinthe fountain production. This is by far the best type of all-glass absinthe fountain available. Take a look at the different styles of molded (Bottom Row) and blown glass (Top Row) shown below. Can you tell which ones are the reservoir or dose line glasses we will be discussing next?