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Check out these whisky tasting glasses inspired by ancient China

If you eat with your eyes first, it stands to reason that the drinking process follows the same sensory trajectory, right? And while it may be difficult to transform the aesthetics of a liquid, you can do something about the glass in which it’s served. Meet the Tripod Tasting Glass, a set of whisky glasses that promise to elevate your tasting experience to the next level.

The latest product to come of Taiwanese design house U-Cube design, these new tasting glasses draw inspiration from glasses (or rather, bronze gourds) used in Imperial China. By blending “ancient Chinese bronze vessel design into modern tasting science,” U-Cube believes it’s created a tasting glass that brings out some of the finest notes in your favorite spirit, and satisfies your aesthetic sensibilities.

Each Tripod Glass set comes with three differently shaped glasses which promise to reveal “distinct characteristics in whisky.” For example, the so-called “Caldron Glass” features a slightly out-turned lip, which “leads the liquid to hit the tip of the tongue, where sweetness is perceived, accentuating the silky and creamy texture” present in some whiskies.

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By fusing the design of the days of yore with modern tasting science, the Tripod Tasting Glass claims to “present drinkers with diverse choices in taste, and delivers the most exquisite texture.”

“Three is the magic number in Chinese culture. It symbolizes the harmony between human, the gods and the nature.” said the CEO and the designer Shane “And this is exactly how Whisky tasting should be. Elegant, graceful, and divine.”

Available now on Kickstarter for the early bird price of $58 for the full set, these new tasting glasses just might be the perfect present for the whisky connoisseur in your life. After all, Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to start enjoying fine spirits, right?