A dedicated glass to reference the unique processes used to create bourbon.
Handmade Bourbon Toast Glasses
Making of process for our Bourbon Toast Glasses
Capturing the flame
....Stored at not more than 125° proof in charred new oak containers
Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms PART 5—LABELING AND ADVERTISING OF DISTILLED SPIRITS Subpart C—Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits
To help prevent shady characters from slapping “bourbon” on any caramel colored rotgut, the federal government created guidelines to legally define bourbon whiskey.
One of those requirements is that all bourbon must be aged in new, charred oak barrels. Coopers use staves and hoops to build barrels that are toasted from the inside to around 450 degrees. Next they are charred on an open flame at up to 1500 degrees.
Mixing the Color
The process starts by mixing the color. Here is the glass "frit". Think of it as a dye or concentrated color.
Mixing the color
The frit is a concentrate of color that we mix with clear glass to get the desired effect and intensity of color.
Creating the profile
Narrow neck with flared rim allow the aromas to gather in the glass
A wide base to allow for a couple of good swirls to mix with the air
Heavy base for stability
Stronger sides and rim to avoid chipping
Cut away base to help break the surface tension on wet surfaces
Outside profile follows the same curve of a bourbon barrel
A "flame" at the bottom of each glass. Another reference to the process but more importantly a feature that makes each glass one of a kind and difficult to replicate in a production
In the first gather the artist gathers clear glass.
A close up the glass ready to be blown into a bubble
Creating the Bubble
Air is blown into the clear glass to create a bubble.
Color added to the bubble
In this step the red color mixed earlier is heated and added to the end of the clear bubble.
Color is trimmed
A small bit of color is added to the clear bubble.
Reheating for color detail
The glass is reheated in the furnace to make it easier to work with and create the flame
Creating the Flame
Each glass is hand worked to create the flame effect in the base. No two will be alike.
Creating the Flame
Colored glass is pulled cut and worked to mimic the flames of a toasted bourbon barrell
Shaping the bubble
After working the hot glass to create the flame the bubble needs to be "blocked" or shaped to a smooth bubble
Preparing for the form
The bubble is heated again to prepare for the form.
Blowing out the form
The hot bubble is closed into the form which will provide the outer profile
Creating the outer profile
The glass bubble is blown out inside the form. The forms are kept wet when not in use. Note the steam created from the hot glass.
Out of the form
Close up of the still hot glass showing the clear and color contrast
Final work before detaching the glass
Thinning out the neck of the glass where it meets the pipe. The next step is a quick to break the glass. The glasses are then annealed to cool them off slowly overnight. After the glasses are cool the excess glass is cut and the rim polished.