What is your preferred glassware for dramming? I have a bunch of Glencairn glasses which have been my faves for a long time, but I've recently inherited several really nice snifters, which, unlike a cheap one I had previously, are quite flat on the bottom inside--no dimple--which seems to me to make them ideal for the task.
The barman at the Stromness Hotel showed me the one he prefers for serious nosing--slightly smaller than a volleyball!
Getting a decent glass at a bar can be difficult--I always ask for a snifter, if one is available. The lack of a decent glass has a seriously deleterious effect on the experience. At the Lunar Rogue in Fredericton, New Brunswick, a fine pub with a great selection of malts, I was told, "We used to have one, but it broke." I know you're out there, Mr. Rogue--get on the ball!
The Glencairn is quite tough while the other two are fragile. I can keep a Glencairn in my jacket pocket while the other two can be broken while being washed.
You're right about bars being terrible for glassware. Along with the possibility of substitutions and just old, tired whisky, I much prefer other ways of enjoying it.
hpulley wrote:Depends on the whisky. For light strength whiskies, I like a tight tulip like the Andrews Park that really concentrates the nose. For everyday use, the Glencairn is ideal as it is fairly good for concentrating but not overkill. Flared thistles like the Riedel are best for cask strength whiskies and they don't make the nose burn and the outturned lip spreads the liquid on the tongue, again to reduce burn.
Interesting opinion about the Riedel - I've read so many unfavourable reviews on that one. Think I'll have to get one!
I recently bought a Spiegelau "Scotch Single Malt Snifter" and it's really good in my opinion:
If I'm doing a nosing I will usually go for a snifter, but what I really want is some cobalt blue snifters so I can do a proper blind nosing - if any of you guys know where they can be bought (over the www preferably) that would be greatly appreciated,
It's a very nice glass, again relatively flat at the bottom on the inside, allowing one to spread out a small amount of fluid. And I have to say that I don't much care for a stem, as in a copita, although I will add that those Spiegelau glasses are quite handsome. I'm fantasizing about a stemless snifter-shaped bowl, broad but not too thick on the bottom (yes I'm talking about glasses!).
I like to turn my snifter on its side and let it roll around the bar. You can accumulate a lot of vapors that way, and make the bartender nervous as well!
However, having said that, many of the tasting panels I've participated in have simply served up the malts in the standard international XL5 wine tasting glass. Whilst not very romantic, it is sufficiently shaped and tapered to capture and concentrate nose around the top of the glass, tall enough to give the whisky a good swirl, and comfortable enough to hold cupped in the hand.
Right now I am using a glass I got free with a bottle of St. Sebatian beer. It has a stem with a round bowl that fits neatly into my hand. It curves in quite a bit and then flares back out till the rim is nearly as wide as the bowl at its widest point. The glass at the bottomis quite thick so it takes a while to warm it in my hand. I have a soy sause dish that makes a fine cover.
Not too elegant a set up but it suits me for now. I will get some nicer glassware once I finish stocking my bar. I do have my pryorities!
If dramming with friends (who like whisky, but not necessarily in the way we do) I usually use Glencairns.
When nosing a new malt, or saviour something special, I usually use a snifter, often referred to as the 'glenmorangie snifter'.
But for ordinary dramming I really kinda got atatched to the MJ glass.
YES I KNOW!
The signature alone is practically hair rising. But my anatomy allows me to put my nose into the glass while taking a sip, and that is just doing wonders when enjoying a malt.
And the glass has pretty much the qualities of a snifter, just in a bit sturdier and slightly larger way, so you can have decently sized drams.
But the signature could go anytime.
Joseph (clicker7), in answer to your question: “Any special glasses you folks recommend to enhance the experience?”
I like the stemless Reidel Tyrol crystal glass. I like to wrap my hand around the glass while it’s on the table. I get the uneasy feeling the glass is teetering when it’s on a long stem. Bob likes a stem and he uses the German Spiegelau glass. I like a light-weight thin crystal glass. I find heavy thick glasses uncomfortable and a barrier between myself and my drink.
Bob & Jill, Colorado
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