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Beverages 2018, 4(4), 93; https://doi.org/10.3390/beverages4040093

Technical Report—Applying Physics and Sensory Sciences to Spirits Nosing Vessel Design to Improve Evaluation Diagnostics and Drinking Enjoyment

Research and Development for Arsilica, Inc., Las Vegas, NV 89183, USA
Received: 22 October 2018 / Revised: 14 November 2018 / Accepted: 15 November 2018 / Published: 22 November 2018
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Abstract

Ethanol is the direct by-product of distillation. The vast majority of straight spirit beverages are bottled at 40%+ ABV (alcohol by volume). Aficionados, critics, spirits judges, and a significant percentage of drinkers choose to drink and evaluate spirits at bottled strength from traditional vessels. Olfactory perceptions are quickly compromised by abundant ethanol, numbing olfactory sensors and severely inhibiting aroma detection during evaluation. Traditional vessel redesigns have concentrated on minor styling changes, ignoring olfactory and physical sciences. Consumers’ continued search for value and quality and increased dependency on spirits competitions as a primary source of ratings emphasizes the need for a functional diagnostic vessel which displays and delivers aromas unobscured by ethanol olfactory numbing. The application of olfactory and physical science creates an engineered tasting vessel which eliminates severe ethanol olfactory numbing, optimizes aroma definition, and significantly improves diagnostics for those who evaluate, judge, rate, distill, and enjoy flavor nuances of spirits. View Full-Text
Keywords: spirits; nosing vessel; ethanol; distilling; spirits evaluation; spirits diagnostics; spirits competition; spirits judging; spirits ratings; spirits quality; drinking vessel; whisky glass; whiskey glass; tulip glass; scotch glass spirits; nosing vessel; ethanol; distilling; spirits evaluation; spirits diagnostics; spirits competition; spirits judging; spirits ratings; spirits quality; drinking vessel; whisky glass; whiskey glass; tulip glass; scotch glass
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Manska, G.F. Technical Report—Applying Physics and Sensory Sciences to Spirits Nosing Vessel Design to Improve Evaluation Diagnostics and Drinking Enjoyment. Beverages 2018, 4, 93.

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