Panelist - The effect of glassware
Manska, an engineer with Ford for 20 years, became fascinated with glass blowing after meeting Dale Chihuly at a wine tasting and produced several objects during a short-lived class in 2006, all of which he tucked away into a curio cabinet. One night, Manska grabbed one of his failed experiments, poured in some Macallan Cask Strength, smelled it and, according to Crnek, “immediately thought, ‘What the heck is this? That’s not scotch.’” Realizing he had something unique, Manska enlisted Crnek’s help to refine the shape of the glass, get patents and arrange the scientific research to prove the glass’ aroma-enhancing properties. It took more than five years, but the duo, who formed Arsilica, Inc., to produce and market the product, are starting to see significant results.