These are regulation tasting glasses for the sensory evaluation of olive oil. Also referred to colloquially as "Blue Glasses", or by my Italian friends as "assaggiaolio". The development and production of these glasses meets the highest standard for millers, sensory scientists, tasting panels, judges, tasting rooms, and the hardcore enthusiast.
Back in stock for the first time since 2018! Production has been completed, and we're awaiting final inspections, packing, and dispatch via ocean freight. Our working ETA is between mid December 2022 and mid January 2023..
In the 12 years since that first production was commissioned, both enthusiasts and producers throughout the US, Argentina, South Africa, and Japan have come to rely on the quality and technical consistency of our glassware.
Is this Something I Need?
If you are an everyday person, this item is probably not for you, being somewhat pricy and specialized, however, you might find reading about it interesting.
If you are a professional olive oil taster, olive oil judge, or tasting room operator, this is the glass you've been asking about. This is the glass you've been waiting for.
About Our Rigorous Design & Production Standard
In 2010 I used my decades-long experience in sourcing glassware for major US retailers to find the right factory partner capable of producing mouth-blown and hand-finished glassware. The factory had to specialize in colored glass, meet rigorous FDA standards (no lead, no cadmium), and be socially accountable as far as worker conditions. Glass factories are hot and dangerous places, so this last point is critically important.
Once satisfied that criteria could be met, my agent conveyed the International Olive Council specifications to them and commissioned a mold to be made on our behalf. Test glasses were flown in and assessed by the the UC Davis Olive Center, the Master of Judges for the LA International and Olive Japan International competitions, and the co-founders of the Extra Virgin Alliance.
These are regulation tasting glasses for the sensory analysis of olive oil. Six glasses in a boxed set. If you need more than 6 glasses you can save 15% when you purchase a master carton of four sets of 6.
- Produced to IOC specifications
- Mouth blown and hand finished from cobalt blue glass
- Blue color avoids bias in judging
- Official shape fits perfectly in a taster's hand
- Glass is neutral of aromas
- Opening is designed to concentrate oil aromas
- Rim is tapered for comfort
- Base is sized and weighted for professional heating units
- Dishwasher safe
- Lead and Cadmium Free