How to know when you’re purchasing high-quality pour spouts.
What factors contribute to a good pour spout?
A good pourer must do these essential things:
- Keeps air, dust, and other debris out of the bottle
- Prevent “dribbling” or leakage when pouring
- Easy to use
- Keep air, dust, and other debris out of the bottle
- A pourer has to seal the container, making it airtight. A rubber stopper allows you to force the pourer into the bottle tightly. To check if a pourer is doing this job properly, you ought to be able to turn the bottle upside-down without the liquid leaking out or air getting in.
- When kept in storage, dust and other debris can get into the container if the pourer doesn’t have a means of preventing this, so get a pourer that, at a minimum, has a stopper. However, a flap is superior in use to a cap.
Prevent “dribbling” or leakage when pouring
A poorly sealed bottle will leak during pouring, which signifies a lousy pourer. Another sign of a bad pourer would be if there’s liquid spilling out the side of the container after it’s been used.
Easy to Use
A pourer with a separate intake tube delivers a continuous pour, otherwise, you will find that the pourer causes your bottle to “gulp” when you use it. The reason is simple. With a single tube, either the liquid is leaving, or air is coming into the container; both events can’t happen at the same time.
A “gulping” container is difficult to use because the liquid tends to dribble down the side of the bottle when an outpouring of liquid ends and an intake of air begins. Even expert servers must carry a small flannel, frequently wiping the bottle clean.
Another thing that makes a pourer harder to use is the presence of a manual stopper. Some truly fancy plugs (admittedly, they look fantastic) have a cap or flap that the server must manually open, generally by pulling on a lever attached to the side of the bottle. This all looks tremendously impressive but is of little practical value since a simple flap will open and close on its own when needed.
So, what makes a good pour spout?
- It should fit the container snugly, preventing accidental spills and sealing the container from the air, dust, and other debris.
- It should also have a separate intake valve for air and a flap to cover the spout’s mouth.
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