At the WOW Expo in San Francisco this March, I saw quite a few people toting and extolling the virtues of some rather cumbersome (500ml and larger!) snifters.
I was able to try one side-by-side with the Expo's default glass, a wine/water glass with a suitably shaped bowl. The difference was amazing!
Have you used one of these?
If so, please give reasons for liking or disliking this type of snifter for nosing whiskies, and whether you use this glass regularly.
If not, perhaps you will mention what you have used and liked best, as well as if you use a particular glass regularly.
PS -- I encourage all of you to at least try one of these -- you will notice a difference. Though, whether you like it or not may be another story!
[This message has been edited by St.Peat (edited 26 April 2002).]
As for bad whiskies, why are you drinking, them? You can't tell a bad whisky until you taste one and you can't tell what it's like until you've drunk it out of a proper whisky glass to get the full flavour.
<B>Hi all...I'm new here. My favorite glass is a tulip shaped crystal glass from Finland...directs the nose, feels good in the hand and looks damn nice!
I also really like the new Blender's Malt Glass (directs the nose like a chimney!)</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Just curiosity, do you recall manufacturer's name (brand) of that glass? Iittala perhaps?
265 oz = 7840 ml = 7.84 L = 2.07 gal !!
[This message has been edited by Gate (edited 19 June 2002).]
1) "The Blender's Malt Glass" by Glencairn Chrystal (mine are from Whisky Magazine). This is now my favorate glass. It's also a good value at 5 pounds for a chrystal glass. It is my favorate nosing glass. It seems to somehow stregthen some of the lighter notes without making the stronger ones overpowering. This provides me with a broader bouquet filled with distinct character. The palate experience would probably be my number two. It creates a broad taste that is probably enhanced by the nose. Handfeel is also great--confortable and firm.
2) Maison du whisky (medium size/very expensive). The best handfeel of any of these glasses. Especially confortable for a bourbon. Nose and palate rival the Blender's Malt Glass yet create a different experience. I also have the larger size, but the nose becomes a bit too intense for me. I do like it for lighter spirits though and for nosing at different distances.
3) Reidel Single Malt Glasses, hand blown (very expensive). These proved the best palate experience for me. The spirit flows across the tongue bringing out flavors I would miss with other glasses. The nose would probably rank 3 or 4. Because I was more of a palate than nose man, these were my favorate until getting the Whisky Magazine glasses above. I don't really care for the handfeel. The stem gets a bit in the way and they are too delicate.
4)Kusac chrystal. Very good nose, very good palate and very good handfeel. The flared lip (like the Reidel's) helps the pour and seems more comfortable for nosing too me.
5) Reidel Single Malt Glasses (machine made). Good nose, good palate, handfeel similar to handblown but at least not quite so delicate.
6) Ardbeg glasses with covers. Very good nose, good palate, good handfeel (although I'm not fond of the stem). These are fun. The cover is great for maintaining the bouquet. I do prefer chrystal to glass though.
Pardon much of this note being a cross post.
And although the glasses we were given at WhiskyLive were rather good, again, it's not something you could use anywhere where you might be noticed......
As someone else noted above, a nice chunkily-based but fine crystal tumbler will serve the purpose for anything other than a Jilly Goolden type session, and the fewer Jilly Gooldens the better, IMO.
Alas the desire not to be considered pretentious may lessen the taste experience for you, but at least you'll still have friends to drink with......
As we all could read in the WM, David Broome made a nice article about vatting.
I personally can say that David had some points there(mainly explaned by the experts). A vatting is a product with an own identity, and it's just the question do we like it or not? Sometimes a vatting can be very handy, especially when you look for something with a certain complexity, although there are some malts who are very complex too. I usually drink a vatting, when I can't make choice out of my malt collection. I think it's unfair to push only the malts forward while we have some nice vattings, waiting to be enjoyed, and even in grain whiskies are nice vattings too. But sometimes we thing that by vatting the whole identity disappeared towards a single malt, maybe it does, or maybe it doesn't, it still depends how you look against it. Like they said in WM, "sometimes you look for specific flavors in a vatting, that a single malt doesn't have", and what's wrong with that???
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