Aged & Ore Duo Glass Review


This review was originally published on August 10, 2018, at Bourbon & Banter

A bit over two years ago, when I was brand new to Bourbon & Banter, I wrote an article called Glassware 101: Choose the Best Glass to Enjoy Your Bourbon. The purpose was to demonstrate how vital glassware is in the whiskey experience. I compared the differences between a shot glass, a rocks glass, a white wine glass, a Glencairn glass, and a NEAT glass. In that experiment, Glencairn came out the clear winner.


Recently, I received Aged & Ore's Duo Glass to review, and rather than simply writing about the glass itself, I've opted to learn how it works in a similar experiment. Rather than comparing the Duo Glass to the other five glasses, I'm putting it against the previous winner, a standard Glencairn glass (etched with the Bourbon & Banter logo).


The Duo Glass is a hand-blown glass that resembles a Norlan whiskey glass. Both are double-walled, both are amazingly lightweight, and both look fragile. The Duo Glass has 1-ounce pour line indicators on the inner wall and lacks the Norlan's “fins” on the bottom of the inner glass. The Duo Glass is also ready for an ice sphere and includes a silicone mold. Finally, the design eliminates condensation, meaning you wouldn't necessarily need a coaster.


To recreate the quality of the initial experiment, I'm pouring one whiskey into each glass. This time, I chose an Elijah Craig Single Barrel that I know has a fruity nose and creamy, vanilla palate to see how the glasses affect the Bourbon. Another reason I chose it is the proof is low enough that I won't get blitzed and risk spoiling the results.


The experiment considered three important nuances:  nose, delivery to the mouth, and palate. I started each with the Glencairn and finished with the Duo Glass.




The Glencairn glass was easy to grasp by the base and hold at all three nosing zones: with the rim at my chin, lips, and nostrils. Nosing provided the expected fruity notes of the Bourbon, a slight oakiness, and the vanilla typical of Elijah Craig.


The Duo Glass was more cumbersome to pick up from the table. However, it fit my hands comfortably from the base and was more manageable than a Norlan to hold. The fruit was more prominent than the Glencairn, the oak was non-existent, and the vanilla was more caramelized.




The mouth delivery is essential because, in the last experiment, the NEAT glass provided the most superior nosing experience; however, it was challenging to drink from, which erased any advantage it had over the others.


The Glencairn glass provided a relatively easy delivery. I have a big schnoz, and the fluted rim tapped me right at the edge of my nostrils. It provided a natural stopping point for the glass and didn't require me to tip my head back more than usual.


The Duo Glass required no tipping back of my head. My nose easily cleared the rim, and it was merely a matter of moving the glass instead of my head. That sensation isn't completely foreign because I occasionally sip from a Canadian Glencairn.




In my opinion, this is the most crucial aspect of glassware. How well can the glass deliver the whiskey to my palate? I've had glassware that provides a good nosing experience but a completely flat palate (again, the NEAT glass).


The Glencairn set the liquid at the tip of my tongue. The mouthfeel was creamy. The fruit, caramel, and brown sugar came quickly, and the oak and pepper melded together on the finish. Overall, the tasting notes were as expected.


The Duo Glass dumped the liquid over my entire mouth. The caramel came up front, followed by brown sugar, oak, and pepper. It took a second sip before I picked up the fruit. As such, I eventually picked up everything I expected; however, I will say the mouthfeel was creamier than the Glencairn.


There is, of course, one more matter of serious contention to continue before I can give an overall rating, and that's the price.


A standard Glencairn can be purchased starting at about $8.00 each. That's a minimal barrier to entry.


The Duo Glass has a current Kickstarter price of $36.00 for a pair, which includes two ice molds. That breaks it down to $18.00 a glass. Considering the Norlan glass, which is very similar, is $48.00 a pair, that's not a bad price.


I'm very much a Glencairn guy and have dozens. I give them away to friends who have never experienced them. I keep a box in my car on the off-chance I'm at a bar that doesn't have them. They're super-affordable. They're the industry standard. To repeat, I'm a Glencairn guy.


But the Duo glass is very impressive. It won on nosing and delivery and was only slightly outperformed on the palate by the Glencairn.


My only real complaint about the Duo Glass is it feels very fragile, whereas the Glencairn has a more solid feel and costs less than half the price.


As much as I am a Glencairn guy, the Duo Glass wins this contest, if only because of the nosing experience.


A final note:  I'm sure some wonder how the glass performed with the ice sphere. I used the mold to create an ice sphere just to see how it worked, which was fine. However, I never add ice to my whiskey, so I didn't experiment with how the ice interacted with the whiskey in the glass.


Disclaimer: Aged & Ore provided Bourbon & Banter with a product sample for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.



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