The tumbler didn't do anything for the taste. In fact I could barely smell anything out of it. The only glass that affected the taste was the Ridel knock-off, that seemed to push the whiskey on to the back of the tongue. Since different parts of the tongue pick up different flavours, it makes sense that this might alter how the dram tastes when compared to other glasses. However, this glass did nothing for the nose.
The Brandy snifter, Glencairn, and the wine tasting glass all enhanced the nose. The wine tasting glass was the most powerful, giving a burning sensation in my nose. This glass was the best when the whisky was watered, the notes coming through loud and clear.
I'd have to say that my favourite was the Glencairn glass in that it concentrated the nose (but not too much), and it was easy to swirl the whisky. The only other consideration for me is to decide if you want your hand to warm up the bottom of the glass. Doing so probably changes some of the notes - whether this is for the better is probably an individual decision.
I'd be curious to hear what others use, or if it's even a concern!
I'm not sure my own explorations into this field were quite as scientific or thorough as yours, but I'm pleased to say we arrived at the same conclusion. The Glencairn does it for me.
However, I must say that the standard XL5 international wine tasting glass does a pretty admirable effort also.
I've been to a few whisky tastings recently where the whiskies have been served in wide, open tumblers, or the wide-rimmed red wine glasses!! What's the bloody point??! It's a bit like showing a 3-D movie, but not giving the viewers the special red and blue glasses!
http://www.eisch.de/eng/website/product ... ectID=2851
But note, those evenings were quite entertaining and as I posted elsewhere, there are always a good many influences on our abibilty to judge ...
bernstein wrote:After a few entertaining tasting evenings with friends we decided together, that malt-whisky-glasses by "Glashütte Eisch" - a manufacturer in the bavarian forest - were the best for us.
I use the single malt glass made by Spiegelau which I believe is terrific.
Compare the "Eisch" and the Spiegelau:
Still, the Glencairn get the most use.
The Glencairn is my favorite everyday glass. For light whiskies I prefer a tighter tulip for higher concentration of the nose.
I used to use brandy snifters but haven't in ages. Tumblers and other open faced glasses I only use when, unfortunately, they are all that is available at most pubs (beyond cost, the main reason why I prefer to drink at home).
bernstein wrote:Compare the "Eisch" and the Spiegelau:
I don't know, Christian, what's Your point? The "Eisch"glass even
I guess the only point is that its shape is a rather common one - used for brandy and sherry and quite similar to wine tasting glasses too.
Apart from that I believe you should use whatever you are comfortable with including a coffee cup if that's what you prefer.
- crystal allows thinner rims, which is good
- crystal helps release aromas, which helps nosing
- main point in crystal is that it can be decorated with carvings, which makes no difference as tasting glasses should be blank
- you can tell crystal by sound: if it "plays" for many seconds, it is crystal
- crystal is about 25% lead and 75% glass
- crystal is better (and more expensive and more trouble when washing)
- it really does not make much difference, be it crystal or not...
Is this correct?
Are there hybrids, something like crystal-ish glasses?
As for my absolute favourite; so far it's the MJ glass. For me, it really brings out the best in even some whiskies that had previously been put on the back-shelf. I wonder if the MJ glass is a hybrid; the copita itself sounds a bit like crystal, but the stem is injection molded glass...
I really like the Glenmorangie glass as well.
For sometime later at night I also keep some tumblers; a now discontinued crystal series called "Svalbard" from the Norwegian crystal company "Hadeland"; easily the most aesthetically pleasing series they've made. I went for the cocktail tumbler though, smaller than the whisky-buckets and perfect for gripping when butterfingers sets in.
Admiral wrote:Considering that alcohol is a fairly strong solvent, I can't help but wonder how much lead ends up in the drink.
I guess this is what makes some malts heavier than others!
That is precisely the sort of jumbled logic I would expect from someone suffering from lead poisoning....
Crispy Critter wrote:One of the things that has always concerned me about crystal is... the lead content. Considering that alcohol is a fairly strong solvent, I can't help but wonder how much lead ends up in the drink.
If I remember correctly...most new crystal sold these days is made with lower levels of lead precisely for that reason. However, it doesn't apply to antique crystal and that produced in some Eastern European regions...
As always...my memory could be faulty...
Lawrence wrote:I generally stick to 4 glass types, the Glencairn for at home when I'm just having a dram, the SMWS glass for their malts, the typical nosing glass as used by the industry for when I'm trying to make an assesment of a whisky and the a large snifter for an over 30 year SMWS whisky.
1) What does the SMWS glass look like.
2) Where can I find a "typical nosing glass as used by the industry"? I figure that if it's good enough for professional tasters, it's probably good enough for me.
(We all can't be Lawrence. )
I'm going to break them in with one of my new bottles of Ardbeg:Uigeadail
You can also get them at Ardbegs' site but I think the shipping for me to the U.S. was prohibitive.
http://www.ardbeg.com/ardbeg/Shop_ShopC ... egoryID=17
Definitely worth a try for those who don't yet have good glasses (much like me...).
I enjoy the Reidel glasses very much - once I overcome my fear of breaking them. They are reserved for special occasions. As many have commented - the Glencairn's are much better suited for day-in, day-out use - washing and the occasional fumble.
I have found the Glencairn glasses for $10 US each and I believe they can be cheaper when bought by the case - as some of the Whisky Clubs have done. The best deal ever was an Aberlour promo where they included 1 free with each $35 bottle of Aberlour 10... I should have backed up the truck!!!
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