Review: Ken x Dragon Glassware whiskey glasses

Editor’s Note: These products were provided to us as a review sample by Dragon Glassware. This in no case, by our editorial policiesinfluenced the final result of this review.

As a little girl, I played with Barbies and with my friends we constantly replayed our mother’s soap operas. However, there was still something missing in my collection, and that was a Ken doll. In third grade, I asked everyone I invited to my birthday party for a Ken doll. What I got for my birthday instead was six new Barbie dolls, including the discontinued Sky Dancer Barbie. Still disappointed with the lack of Ken dolls in my life, it seems like I can at least add Ken doll whiskey glasses to my home bar.

Dragon Glassware collaborated with Barbie will create a new collection of glasses including Ken whiskey glasses. Barbie x Dragon glassware and Ken x Dragon glassware include stemless or stemmed martini glasses, stemmed wine glasses and highball glasses. The Barbie collection glassware comes in a set of two, and to rest your drink, coasters are also available.

La Verrerie Dragon specializes in luxury glassware in Northern California. You may be familiar with the diamond faceted glasses and the diamond carafe. Barbie Collection Ken glasses are faceted but don’t flicker like Dragon Glassware’s diamond glasses. While the Ken Whiskey Glass resembles the Norlan Whiskey Glass, it is much larger and has a smoked mirror finish. Ken glass is double-walled borosilicate, however, the inner portion is not dished.

Ken x Dragon Glassware (image via Courtney Kristjana/The Whiskey Wash)

The Ken x Dragon Glassware collection is fridge and freezer safe, and the veneers let you get ice stuck right in the glass. Due to its coating, fingerprints and smudges show up easily. The glass is easy to wash and polish with a microfiber cloth, but do not wash it in the dishwasher. The metallic finish will lose its luster.

Like the Norlan Whiskey Tumbler, the Dragon Glassware Ken Whiskey Tumbler has a thick rim due to the double-walled glass. Drinking from this gets a bit awkward after a few neat whiskeys, but at least it holds up on the bridge of the nose. Although the glass is large, it is quite comfortable to hold and has some weight. As with other glasses from Dragon Glassware, Ken glasses from the Barbie collection are conversation starters.

The entire Barbie x Dragon glassware collection is available for $179.95, but I’m disappointed it’s not a discounted price. I guess the silver lining is that you can slowly acquire the collection as you wish. The two Ken highball glasses are $34.99, as are the Barbie martini glasses. The stemware sets both cost $39.99, while the coasters cost $29.99. I love the Ken x Dragon glassware so much that I will be purchasing the double walled pink martini glasses for my Manhattans.

Sarah C. Figueiredo