The first thing you notice when pulling Üllo’s (“oo-low”) Special Edition decanter from its sleek, glyph-heavy packaging containing the entire purifying system? The beautiful design. No doubt inspired by mid-20th-century Scandinavian designers, it is worth taking a few moments to watch how the curved lines overlap and perform optical illusions on its neck and base. While the original decanter (priced at $99) is also just as worthy of admiration, the attention to detail on display here provides equal functionality: its intended purpose (to decant and store wine) and as a work of decorative art when not in use. The site’s description remarks that “each piece is uniquely handcrafted in lead-free crystal glass by artisan glassblowers”. While I take no umbrage with the assertion, it would be interesting to see the glassblowers in action, making these decanters somewhere on their site via an embedded video. Whether one opts for the special edition or traditional product line, they’re getting a decanter with carefully considered, classic design choices.
Away from the aesthetics and form, let’s move on to the functionality of the purifying system, which is designed to strip sulfites from your wine. A cursory search on any engine will yield more argumentative essays both for and against the process and probably more than one would ever likely need to read, and I know that Christopher has offered his skepticism on the efficacy of both sulfite removers and aerators in the past. My intention with this review is not to re-litigate, offer a counterargument, or start an elongated internet brawl involving a litany of angry folks in the comments section. Rather, I’m taking this as an opportunity to do some modest product testing, and report results as directly and honest as possible.
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