I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about the Vaportini. After all, shouldn’t drinking a cocktail involve all five senses? With this latest steampunk-esque marvel it still does, but in an entirely different way.
First of all, the Vaportini just plain looks extremely cool. Candle flame burning in a pint glass, hand-blown glass orb, even a glass straw. The 40-50 proof alcohol (not a cocktail mind you) is poured into the sphere through a tiny funnel, so there is a bit of color depending on the spirit you choose. You could even add a drop of food coloring if you so desired to create say… blue vodka.
Secondly, even though you are inhaling alcoholic vapors, you do experience the flavor of the spirit. To a much lesser degree than if you were drinking it, but it’s still there. Thirdly, there is a warmth to the whole process that works very well on a cold evening. Not so much on a hot summer day. That is one down side to the Vaportini. It’s not as refreshing as a chilled beverage.
Fourthly, there is a scent of burning candle wax in the air. This makes for a kind of sacred sensation. Almost as if there is a sense of ritual to the whole affair.
Lastly, the glass pieces themselves have a sensual feel with smooth edges and curves. Yeah, this is definitely a holistic semi-sexual experience.
GSN Rating: A-
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