ABSINTHE GLASSWARE MOLDED, BLOWN, RESERVOIR & DOSE LINE
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Absinthe Glasses - Molded vs Blown
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 much 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 as hand washung may be required.
There is a type of blown glass available for absinthe glasses that is made from a very strong glass known as Borosilicate Glass. Borosilicate glass is lighter and thinner than blown crystal or glass but it is extremely strong due to 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 but much lighter.
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?
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Absinthe Glasses - Reservoir vs Dose Line
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
Absinthe Glasses Summary
-You can classify absinthe glasses into four basic categories. There are molded glasses, blown glasses, 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 a blown glass with 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.