In my whisky tastings I use a variety of two glasses:
The Bugatti which has a long stem and a slightly shorter-stemmed version whose name isn't listed on the box, but the actual glass design is very similar.
Commercially, I handle the Glencairn Glass as I like the quality of this one and also its robustness with the dumpy base. The Glencairn fits perfectly into the hand and just "feels right".
When I have a drink at home myself, I have all these three styles of glass, plus a more traditional "tulip" style one.
If I have a few guests at home for a drink, my order of use is 1. Glencairn, 2. Shorter-stemmed version of Bugatti, 3. Bugatti, 4. Tulip.
Sometimes I use port-glasses for tasting. They have much the same shape as the whisky tasting glasses, but a bit more volume and a wider mouth.
But most often I drink from Riedel's whisky glasses. I think they are great for whisky. You can see them here: http://www.riedel.com/website/english/frameset/homeenglish/collections/riedel_collections/vinum/vinum.html. The second glass from the right.
I have one as described glass with marks that I use for personal dramming, a gift from my wife at Christmas. Otherwise I have some stemless whisky tasting glasses that I picked up in Winnipeg for an intimate group tasting. For bigger tastings we borrow glasses from the Scottish society like sherry copitas.
In foreign territory, (someone else' house) anything that doesn't seep liquid will do.
My favouritt glass would be "the malt whiskies of scotland" thats what it says on the foot.
another favouritt is the glass from campbeltown it`s like a glencairn glass only smaller .
Here is a picture of the singel malt glass
Well I`m trying to get a picture in here but this is not my strong side so I`ll have to tell you where to find them http://www.scotchwhisky.com
I like to ask my guests do they have any idea what they are drinking. The clue is its written on the glass. Its amazing how many people don't notice.
After that, once I have a feel for the whisky and just want to enjoy it (so, really, the vast majority - 600 + mls - of each bottle) I use a glass that Bruichladdich was giving away a few years ago in the 15yo cans. Sort of a tulip shaped tumbler that fits perfectly into my hand.
Mr Fjeld wrote:Ah thanks lbacha! I bought four from the Ardbeg webshop and thought they looked similar. I haven't used mine yet, they look great though - but fragile?
I bought mine bulk from a restaurant supplier so I'm not all that concerned about them breaking, I will say that the bar in the Netherlands that got me started on whisky used them and I never saw one break in 6 months of regular patronage there. I figure the bar test is as good as a glass is going to get.
(I even think it was Lawrence who mentioned it here on the forum somewhere).
I also collected the little short square shot glasses from the islay distilleries but they are just for show as you can't get a good nose when you are drinking.
in a local drinks store I picked up 8 nice whisky glasses on stems (not engraved) with the little hats on.. these I use when I have friends over for tasings. The hats look cool and keep the flavour in if I set up 6 or so glasses for comparison but once the hats are off its.... hats off to the whisky and we rarely put tham back on!
Elagabalus wrote:Lexvo I have to have a set of those "D" glasses. They are just gorgeous and the way my bejewelled hands would refract the light as I raise a glass such as that to my lips would create such a magnificent visual display!!
What are they, and where can I order some?
Type "D" is the Michael Jackson glass. I coincidentally saw one at my local store. The wide opening is great for the nose BTW.
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