Norlan Presents: The Vawe Highball Glass

The geniuses at Norlan take another profound stab at redefining the whisky drinking experience with the Vawe highball glass.

If you’re a regular reader of this fine site, you’re familiar with Norlan by now. I first mentioned the brand when their massively successful whisky glass Kickstarter took off back in 2015. The Norlan whiskey glass combined design, science and ritual for the perfect whisky drinking experience.

The glasses were my go-to whiskey glasses until Norlan revealed the Rauk heavy tumbler late last year. The tumbler looks simply amazing, and at 575 grams (~1.26 lb) of glass and leaded crystal, the Rauk feels like you’re drinking whiskey from a solid rock.

Now Norlan has introduced a new member of the Norlan family of whisky glasses: The Vawe highball glass.

Norlan Presents: The Rauk Heavy Tumbler

Two years after the launch of their revolutionary whisky glass, Norlan returns with another magnificent creation: The Rauk Heavy Tumbler.

If you’re at least a tiny bit interested in whisky, you might already be familiar with Norlan. In 2016, they launched a Kickstarter campaign featuring a new type of whisky glass. The Norlan whisky glass looked amazing, and the team behind the campaign were masters of marketing language. With pretentious phrases like “combining design, science, and sociology for the perfect whisky drinking experience”, and “fluid dynamics modeling and bio-mimicry”, it was obvious that every hipster across the globe would throw their money at Norlan. When the campaign ended, the company had raised more than 10 times their initial goal – including $38 pledged by yours truly.

After a bit of a wait, I received my two Norlan glasses. Or, to be more precise, I received one glass, and an unofficial Norlan whisky glass puzzle. The postal service hadn’t been too kind to the package, and one of the glasses had broken into a million tiny, sharp pieces. Not a major crisis, since I’m the only one in the household who enjoys whisky. And it only took a quick e-mail to Norlan to get a replacement glass for free. Amazing costumer support!

The Norlan whisky glass is great. But I’ll be honest with you, I’ve only used it a couple of times. The glass falls into the nosing category, and I’m more of a tumbler guy myself. So you can imagine my excitement when Norlan recently announced that they’ve made a brand new tumbler as well; the Rauk Heavy Tumbler.

The Norlan Whisky Glass

I can’t quite figure out if the Norlan guys are for real, or if it’s just a very elaborate hoax. Either way; now I want a glass of whisky.

I’m tempted to pledge a few bucks to their Kickstarter campaign, because the glasses look really cool. But the imminent failure of one of my more expensive crowdfunding endeavors have made me a little bit more cautious with who and what I throw my hard earned money at.

Is it all just a load of hipster and highbrow bullshit, or do the features of the Norlan glass actually have any basis in reality? Have a look at the campaign and judge for yourself.

Bonus July One-liners: Whisky

This summer, we went to Denmark for a week. On the way home, I bought two bottles of whisky, a Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve and a 16 year old Balvenie triple cask. With my purchase, I got a small book titled “Book of Whisky” that contained a lot of interesting information about whisky that made me realize I really don’t know squat. In the book, there was also a few whisky quotes, which inspired me to dig up a few from the depths of the internet and add them to the one-liners collection:

  • “Whiskey is by far the most popular of all remedies that won’t cure a cold.” — Jerry Vale
  • There’s no such thing as a large whiskey.
  • “There are two rules for drinking whisky: first, never take whisky without water, and second, never take water without whisky.” — Charles Murray
  • “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whisky is barely enough.” — Mark Twain
  • “One must always be ahead of life by at least one whisky.” — Humphrey Bogart
  • “There are no bad whiskies, some are just better than other others.” — William Faulkner
  • “Never drink whisky without water, never drink water without whisky.”
  • “I never should have switched from scotch to martinis.” – Humphrey Bogart
  • “As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.” — W. C. Fields
  • “I used to like whiskey. But it’s been a long time since I’ve been drunk.” — Claude Williams
  • “I like whiskey. I always did, and that is why I never drink it.” — Robert E. Lee
  • “Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste.” — Tug McGraw
  • “The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.” — William Faulkner
  • “Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink.” — Haruki Murakami
  • “While I can’t walk on water, I can certainly wobble on whisky.” — Ashwin Sanghi
  • “There is indeed one person who can help solve “writer’s block”. His name is Mr Johnnie Walker.” — Ashwin Sanghi
  • “Whisky is liquid sunshine.” — George Bernard Shaw
  • “I’d much rather be someone’s shot of whiskey than everyone’s cup of tea.” — Carrie Bradshaw
  • “Those who drink whiskey with the owls at night, cannot soar with the eagles the next day.” — Brian D. Ratty


It’s that time of the year again.

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