Elsewhere I told of my amazement when I tried the "Adelphi" glass in a head to head with a Bugatti Kelch.
I like the Bugatti, I also like what I call the Signatory, which I name thus as most of mine have the "Signatory" IB name on them. But so far, I think I preferred the Glencairn. Mainly because of its solid build and the way it sits in the hand.
To be honest, I haven't found much difference between the nosing performance of each of these glasses, although if anything, the slightly larger "Classic Malts" glass is probably the best, but I only have a couple of these in my own drinks cabinet.
But all of that is now history, as they say.
At the Munich whisky festival I came across the glass commissioned by "Adelphi". A very well-renowned IB some of whose bottlings are legendary.
A few asked me to take a picture, so here you go:
1. All glasses together
A slightly better version of the pic.
From left to right:
Adelphi, Classic Malts, Bugatti, Signatory (in this case Glenmorangie), Glencairn
You will immediately see that the Adelphi is far and away the largest, it also has a rim which curves slightly outward.
The nosing performance of this glass is so good, it is almost incomparable to the others. So far I have allowed a few people in The Arc to use this alongside any other glass of their choice and every time they have been astonished at the difference.
Here it is in close-up:
I would say that ALL of these points make a difference. A massive difference.
As for that Spiegelau, what size is it?
Anyone compared this for hand warming and such?
I am also talking to them about taking some for my bar / tastings / to sell.
It seems that the Adelphi costs somewhere just over â‚¬6 per glass. How much does the Spiegelau cost?
Collector57 wrote:Adelphi's website here doesn't have the glass (or I need better glasses, which is possible).
Spiegelau are £20 for 4
http://www.wineware.co.uk/Spiegelau+Vin ... etails.htm
Malt-Teaser wrote:As for that Spiegelau, what size is it?
From Spiegelau catalogue:
Whisky Snifter Premium (Specialglaeser) - 192 mm, 280 ml, diam 71 mm
ref. 446 00 77 (2-pack), ref. 446 00 17
Whisky Snifter (Specialglaeser) - 188 mm, 170 ml, diam 61 mm
ref. 446 02 70 (2-pack)
Snifter (Vino Vino collection) - 192 mm, 280 ml, diam 70 mm
ref. 438 01 73
Whisky (Willsberger collection) - 135 mm, 340 ml, diam 98 mm
ref. 141 01 15
Simple common sense should tell you that the more surface area you give the liquid the more it will give off. Here try this, put some scotch in a small narrow glass and some in a wide brandy glass and take a sniff of each - if you can't tell the difference start drinking gasoline, your wasting your money on scotch
If it's good enough for Jim McEwen at Bruichladdict, it's good enough for me. I've tried snifters, glencairn, and a sherry copita - Jim's standard piece of equipment - and for 4.99/glass, the sherry copita is hands down the best performer and the cheapest. All others are merely marketing gimmicks, though the 15 oz snifter did have a different aroma profile. Again snifters 4 for 20$ CND.
It says "Spiegelau"!!!
So we were talking about the same one all along.
http://www.spiegelau.com/EW_CHINA/sw/re ... &Anzahl=6#
anyone had any experience with it? reminds me of the type of glass port is served in - maybe a similar effect as the Willsberger collection whisky glass mentioned before?
I have never seen it used for anything else.
Edit: After a taste test I'd say that it's much better for nosing than my usual tumbler and I enjoy the added sensation of the concentrated aroma when taking a sip. Although, not a great whisky glass in any case. Too long a stem and too open at the top.
I wonder if the lips sloping outwards help to disperse the aroma during nosing so its delivered more widely giving greater depth?
which glasses do you already have?
I have plenty of Glencairn for sale if you need any and I also have lots of the "Bugatti" ones, a couple of which I could also let you have for free.
LagaDrinker wrote:.....I wonder if the lips sloping outwards help to disperse the aroma during nosing so its delivered more widely giving greater depth?
The Riedel whisky snifter were created with its outward sloping rim for tasting rather than nosing. According to Riedel the most important part of assesing whisky is how the spirit is delivered onto the tongue. I think their idea is to evenly distribute the spirit all over the tongue instead of just to the front - or something like that. I'm not very impressed by the riedel glasses though.
It seems to me that the recent interest in all things whisky becomes a great opportunity for glasswear to jump on the market.
For decades we had a tumbler or a brandy glass (for the more enlightened) Now there is a plethora of different specialist whisky glasses!
I agree that a properly shaped glass makes a real difference but really, can anyone seriously tell the difference between what seem at first glance to be the same glass?
BTW - the Glencairn gets my vote. Everything else on offer seems too flimsy
Additional advantages: it´s cheap, stabil and good to handle.
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