A guide to picking up whisky glasses

Did you know that a well-stocked bar not only means multiple choices of liquors including wine and beers but also glasses? Novice drinkers often fail to notice the difference between different types of whisky glasses. Every whisky, like wine, prefers to have its glass and class. Whisky glasses are generally bulbous in body shape allowing aromas to collect and be directed through the rim. In turn, enhancing the experience of drinking a particularly refined whisky like a Chivas Regal or The Glenlivet.

Now that you know about the important role of whisky glasses, it’s time you knew more about whisky glasses you can stock to complement your drinks collection. No matter which brand or type of whisky or whiskey – Irish, single malt, bourbon, scotch, or rye – you love, there is a whisky glass for it.

The Whisky Tumbler

The Whisky Tumbler

It’s probably the glass you are holding right now, sipping on your favorite drink to ward away the winter chills. Wide at rim and easy to hold and drink from, you will find this whisky glass in every home bar as it’s readily available and most commonly used for drinking liquor. Although, a whisky glass for the masses, the whisky tumbler is not preferred by professional whisky tasters and whisky connoisseurs as its wider rim may allow signature aromas to escape undetected.

The Highball Glass

The Highball Glass

If you have read novels written from the 60s to the 80s, you would have definitely come across the name highball as a drink ordered by the lady who is ready to poison the body and mind of the detective who is chasing her. Well, there is a highball glass too and is the slimmer version of the whisky tumbler. Simply perfect for pouring the scotch soda and ice and will make you want to hold on to it for dear life while you sit back and relax.

The Snifter Glass

The Snifter Glass

Seeing a snifter glass will take you back to the era, when gentlemen gathered around fireplaces in the evening, talking about the day’s hunt, with cigars and well-earned drinks in their hands. A typical gentlemen’s club from the 1800s to the early 1900s best represents the snifter glass, when Brandy used to be the drink of choice. However, lines have blurred since, and snifter glasses have become a popular choice among whisky lovers.

The Shot Glass

The Shot Glass

The shot glass is a whisky glass that is normally seen and used when chasing whisky with a beer or in a party when a toast is given. The shot glass comes in a variety of shapes from the columnar to the squat. These inexpensive glasses come with a top that is either straight or flared.

The Glencairn Glass

The Glencairn Glass

Best suited for swirling whisky to open up the aromas, the Glencairn glass has a tapered mouth that lets you savor the taste of a fine whisky. It is the stemless version of the tulip shaped or Copita glass and is preferred by people who generally avoid stem glasses. The glass’s design was perfected with inputs of master blenders from the five largest whisky companies.

The Tulip or Copita Glass

The Tulip or Copita Glass

The Copita is a traditional Spanish glass used by merchants to sample whisky and other spirits at the dockside. In recent times, the glass has become the preferred choice of distillers and master blenders around the globe. Its long stem ensures that the drinker’s hand is not too close to the nose, hence allowing them to experience the raw aromas of a fine whisky. The Copita is a very elegant and showy looking drinking glass.

So, that concludes our list. Now you can pick up your favorite whisky bottle and try your hands on some of these whisky glasses to see how they alter the drinking experience.




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