The first thing I noticed about these glasses were how light they were. It was a very stark contrast to the thick base, heavy glasses I typically come across. The second thing that caught my eye was how thin the walls of the glass were, which again adds to the weight savings and differentiates them from the thicker walled glasses.
I have been using the glasses to drink spirits neat as well as for cocktails and I have to say that I am fairly impressed with them. The light weight is what took me the most time to get used to as it was just different than what I’m used to, but I do think there are some positives and negatives to it. A lighter glass is easier to move around, so picking it up to drink and setting it down are easier tasks. Where it could be a negative is if a table is bumped, this glass might travel more than a heavier, typical rocks glass whether it contains liquid or not.
The glass has a fairly large circumference, which is designed to house the large ice spheres or cubes for that single ice placement. I didn’t find the large circumference to really be a hindrance in my usage. I had no grip issues and even when there was condensation on the glass, I didn;t feel as though I didn’t have good control.
The thin walls of the glass presented no problems. On some other glass that I’ve used that have had similarly thin walls, I’ve experienced a sharpness to the rim or felt as though the glass was poking me, but I didn’t experience any of that with these glasses.
Another area of evaluation that can be overlooked and is something that is a pet peeve of mine is how the glass handles condensation in regards to the surface it sits on. Many times once condensation is occurring the glass can stick to the surface it is sitting on and when you try to lift it up you need to use added force or pull off the coaster. When using these glasses, I didn’t experience that behavior which was a positive.
In regards to cleanup, the glasses are easy to clean. The light weight made me feel as though the glasses were fragile and that I needed to take extra care with them in the water so that they wouldn’t slip out of my hand, but doing some low level bumping around in the sink, the glasses didn’t experience any issues. This wasn’t an in-depth or scientific test to determine their breaking point, but I feel as though they could take some contact and come out unscathed.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with these glasses. The weight is where most people are going to see a difference between typical glasses of this style and I can see it being a bit of a polarizing stance as there are some that may feel that the heaviness of the glasses is a required trait. From a performance standpoint, I like how they work. They clean up well and seem decently durable. I see myself continuing to use these for cocktails, but for spirits alone, since I don’t add ice to them, I’ll stick with my more purpose built glasses for those.