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Drinking Glass Class (I)

Well, it's Friday yet again, and for many of us that means it's time to enjoy a tasty beverage, be that a glass of iced tea or something with a little more zing. The question is, would your iced tea taste different depending on the type of glass you used to drink it? The answer is: quite possibly, particularly when you consider additives like sugar and lemon slices. Consider ... It's easy to assume that a drinking glass of any kind is designed with one purpose in mind: to get liquid easily into your mouth. Let's say that's about half the battle (for most of us, anyway). The other half, at least for drinking-glass designers old and new, is attending to the needs of the liquid inside. Simply put, there are <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/drinkware-glassware_2216.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">different glasses for different drinks</a> and that didn't happen by chance. You can drink water out of anything and it's going to taste, feel and look the same, but that can't be said for every beverage. Here's a look at three of the more interesting drinking-glass designs and why they are the way they are: <strong>The Cocktail Glass</strong> Some people also call this a Martini glass, but a<a href="http://www.atgstores.com/bar-cocktail-glasses_15697.html" target="_blank"> cocktail glass</a> is the go-to vessel for all kinds of flashy drinks. Manhattans, Cosmopolitans, Grasshoppers and many other concoctions are known to be poured into these wide-bowled, long-stemmed glasses. The generous bowl is designed to help drinkers enjoy the aroma of the cocktail, while the long stem allows drinkers to hold the glass without warming the drink with their hands. Of course, after one or two people usually revert to holding it by the bowl to avoid spilling it. <strong>The Wine Glass</strong> <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/crystal-non-leaded-wine-glasses-coo_2227_oa5206658.html?linkloc=catheader&amp;gpid=489458" target="_blank">Crystal</a> and hand-blown wine glasses are cherished in this family of drinkware because seeing the wine is as important to a budding oenologist as its taste or smell. A clear glass allows the drinker to view the hue of the brew, as it were. The wider and deeper bowl allow for drinking with your nose pretty much in the glass so you can get a good whiff of the "bouquet." If you're ever asked to note the notes, just say you seem to detect hints of lavender and oak and you'll probably skate by. Bowl shapes often differ among <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/wine-glasses_2227.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">wine glasses</a> and that's because they are designed to deliver different kinds of wines to the front or the back of the palate, depending on the dominant flavors. For most of us getting the wine down our gullets is an accomplishment, but there are people out there who are actually shooting for specific parts of their mouths. <strong>The Champagne Flute</strong> The elegant, elongated shape of the <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/champagne-flute.html" target="_blank">champagne flute</a> is one of the most iconic in the drinking-glass world. The primary reason for its tapered design is to preserve carbonation by reducing the surface area of the liquid and allow the drinker to enjoy the dancing bubbles as they tango up the glass to tickle the nose. Incidentally, the glasses' slimness also allows many to be carried on a tray at once to facilitate maximum merriment at special occasions, of which champagne is often an integral part. Happy Friday, and stay tuned to the <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> blog for more on the shapes and styles of drinking glasses in the near future.
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