Barware

Does what you drink your beverage from matter? After more than a decade of tasting, we can categorically tell you that your barware or glassware is a key component of any drinking experience. In this section we review glasses, decanters, dispensing equipment, aerators, and even bar knives.

Top Barware Posts:

Does Glass Shape Affect the Way a Whiskey Tastes?
Hopsy Home Draft Beer System
Experimenting with Beyond Barrels Bottle Aging Staves
Coravin Model One Wine Preservation System

Review: Nachtmann Highland Tumbler

By Christopher Null | May 9, 2017 |

Seeing green? Check out this new tumbler from Nachtmann. The Nachtmann Highland Tumbler, cast in “Reseda” green, which is “named for the eponymous spring-green plant.” It’s a nice little old fashioned glass, its carved base making for easy handling while looking sophisticated. The lip is gently rounded, which is comfortable for drinking, and the glass has…

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Does Glass Shape Affect the Way a Whiskey Tastes?

By Ivan Lauer | February 28, 2017 |

A common question we get here at Drinkhacker is whether glass shape actually matters; does it really change the taste of your drink of choice? In order to get to the bottom of this, we decided to have a small whiskey tasting, to try out a single whiskey in three differently-shaped glasses and see how…

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Review: Tovolo Sphere Clear Ice System

By Christopher Null | December 5, 2016 |

Nothing makes a better statement in a cocktail than using a single piece of ice to chill it. Up the ante by making that a sphere instead of a cube. Up it again by ensuring the ice is crystal clear, not cloudy. The secret of clear ice was figured out a long time ago: Water…

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Review: 2013 Saved Red Wine

By Christopher Null | December 4, 2016 |

A blend of “Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Zinfandel, and small amounts of other red varietals,” this is a California bottling from parts otherwise unknown. The wine is initially dialed back, but some air and time in glass reveals a denser-than-expected fruit core that showcases blackberries, blueberries, and currants. There’s a lacing of vanilla and a touch of…

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Review: Kuvee Wine Preservation System

By Christopher Null | November 30, 2016 |

How to deal with the conundrum of leftover wine has been an issue that has dogged us for ages, and while numerous solutions work well, none is perfect. Kuvee thinks it has the answer with this: A high-tech wine dispenser that lets you pour one glass at a time while ensuring the wines inside last…

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Gift Idea: Etched Globe Decanter with Matching Glasses

By Christopher Null | October 26, 2016 |

Keeping your whiskey in a decanter is a fancy way to serve spirits, but short of etching a monogram on the bottle, your options for showing off are limited. Instead, try this, MoonRise Market’s decanter that comes in the shape of a globe and comes complete with geographical etchings as well as its own stand,…

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Review: Coravin Model One Wine Preservation System

By Christopher Null | September 15, 2016 |

Since I reviewed the first Coravin wine preservation system in 2013 — the first review of the device ever published #humblebrag — the company has been up to a lot of work. The Coravin Model 1000 is now known as the Coravin Model Eight. A luxe edition called the Coravin Model Two has been released,…

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Review: Drinkmate Home Carbonation System

By Christopher Null | July 6, 2016 |

The SodaStream home carbonation system has been around long enough to become a beloved kitchen companion for many — but the device is famous for one very stern rule: It is only to be used to carbonate water. Of course there are myriad other beverages out there that could stand the fizzy treatment. If you…

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Review: Aervana Wine Aerator

By Christopher Null | May 26, 2016 |

Aervana is yet another wine aeration system, and this one has a twist: It has batteries. Rather than pour wine through the device, the Aervana sits on top of the bottle and pumps wine up through a tube, and sends the air-infused wine out through a spigot, into your waiting glass. Aervana (rightly) claims a…

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Experimenting with Beyond Barrels Bottle Aging Staves

By Christopher Null | March 9, 2016 |

Beyond Barrels doesn’t exactly have a new idea: Take whiskey you don’t quite like as is, add a small piece of wood to the bottle, wait a few weeks, then presto, you’ve got extra-aged whiskey for just a few extra bucks. So-called “whiskey sticks” are everywhere these days. Sounds good, but does this all work quite…

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