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A combination of a magnifying lens and a glass lid for whisky tasting glasses.
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The need for a Glass Lid?

Whisky! That delightful amber coloured dram which draws warmth, taste and aromas to any occasion. However, some of the joyful aromas are very volatile and will evaporate quickly.

Glass lids retain the aromas inside your whisky glass until you are ready to nose your whisky (or other spirit), allowing the full range of notes to be detected. No share for the angels - and keep the fruit flies at bay!

Keep the precious whisky aromas captured - but if you love them, set them free!
Keep the precious whisky aromas captured - but if you love them, set them free!

The need for a Magnifying Lens?

As we grow older, in our personal experience, printed letters seems to get smaller: On the bottle labels, in the newspaper, basically everywhere.

Always read the text in small print.
Always read the text in small print.

Our Magnifying Lid

So we came up with the now patented idea to combine the two needs into one product: The Magnificent, Marvelous, Magnificus Magnifying Glass Lid and Lens - or 330% enlargement!  

The Glass Lid magnifies 3.3 times (discretely laser engraved on the edge).
The Glass Lid magnifies 3.3 times (discretely laser engraved on the edge).

One size fits (almost) all 

The Glass Lid fits well to all glassware with a diameter of the perimeter of around 43-45mm (or 1.7-1.8 inches). 

In particular, the lid fits very well with the famous Glencairn Whisky Glass as well as with the classic Copita glass which is traditionally used for sherry and port wine.

Glencairn and Copita glass types work well with Magnificus
Glencairn and Copita glass types work well with Magnificus

Glass sizes suitable for the Glass Lid

The Glass Lid is made of 100% borosilicate glass using the same precision glass moulding process that is used for optical lenses. The optical quality of the magnification is therefore very high.

The outer diameter of the Glass Lid is 52mm (or 2.0 inches).
The outer diameter of the Glass Lid is 52mm (or 2.0 inches).

A unique optical experience

Some might call our Magnificus Magnifying Lid a double convex optical lens. We call it a perfectly playful and useful product that serves a real purpose. 

Optical lenses are fun. It's time for a wee dram, cheers!
Optical lenses are fun. It's time for a wee dram, cheers!

Team and Time Line

Our team consists of two avid whisky drinkers: Scott, designer, and Soren, engineer. Among us we have more than 50 years of experience in developing products. Based out of Copenhagen, we have been tinkering with this project for quite a while and the result is what you see in the photos and on the video: A fully functional Magnificus Magnifying Lid that aesthetically complements a whisky tasting glass. 

Through the Looking-Glass...
Through the Looking-Glass...

If our funding is successful, we expect to be able to send Magnificus Magnifying Lids to all backers in April 2019. That's around 6 weeks after the completion of the live phase of this project.

Credits

Thanks to Glencairn Crystal Ltd, Scotland, for kindly letting us use their unique glass design and brand name in our campaign.

Hi-res press photos of Magnificus can be downloaded here.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge was to find a factory that could manufacure the lid. Manufactures of glassware do not have the know-how to make optical component. We have found a company that makes high-quality optical components in borosilicate glass. They have made the prototypes shown in the campaign. They will also do the factory engraving of the small logo on the edge of the lid as well as the engraving for the customized lid.

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    Early Bird: One Magnifying Glass Lid

    ~ $ 8 ~ €7.

    “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others.”
    ― Raymond Chandler.

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    One Magnifying Glass Lid

    ~ $ 9 ~ €8.

    "Whisky is liquid sunshine.”
    ― George Bernard Shaw

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    Early Bird: Two Magnifying Glass Lids

    ~ $ 16 ~ €14.

    “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
    ― Mark Twain

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    Two Magnifying Glass Lids

    ~ $ 17 ~ €15.

    “Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

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    Early Bird: Six Magnifying Glass Lids

    ~ $ 46 ~ €40.

    “Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.”
    ― W.C Fields

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    Pledge DKK 330 or more About $50

    Six Magnifying Glass Lids

    ~ $ 50 ~ €44.

    “With more insight into the English character, I poured out a stiff whisky and soda and placed it in front of the gloomy inspector.”
    ― Agatha Christie (from: Lord Edgware Dies)

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    Early Bird: Twelve Magnifying Glass Lids

    ~ $ 89 ~ €78.

    "The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it."
    ― Winston Churchill

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    Twelve Magnifying Glass Lids

    ~ $ 94 ~ €83.

    "A good gulp of hot whiskey at bedtime it’s not very scientific, but it helps."
    ― Alexander Fleming

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    One Hundred Magnifying Glass Lids

    ~ $760 ~ €669.

    “Well, I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln

    Receive one hundred Magnificus Magnifying Glass Lids for you and your generals.

    Choose your own personalised engraving on the top of the lid (some technical restrictions may apply).

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Funding period

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