Whisky glasses have been an object of debate for a very long time. Some people say that it doesn’t really matter in which glass you enjoy your whisky; it is the drink that matters. But a true lover of whisky will differ from this point of view. After all the attire of the drink is as important as the drink itself! Imagine having the finest of wines out of a paper cup or a tumbler. In the same way we need to give a good whisky true respect by serving it in the right kind of glass.
Most people believe that a whisky glass should be chosen depending on how you would like to enjoy your drink. Whisky can be sipped and savored neat. It can be drunk on the rocks, which means the whisky will be poured over ice or it can be had as a shot or a cocktail. All of these along with the quality of the whisky will play an important part in choosing a whisky glass.
Traditionally, a highball glass or a whisky tumbler was used to serve and drink whisky. Almost all movies and television shows depict all successful people pouring out a whisky or Scotch over ice in tumblers. A whisky tumbler normally holds approximately ten ounces of whisky easily. These glasses can be used to serve all kinds of whisky be it a Scotch, Bourbon, Irish whisky or the newer whiskies such as Japanese and Indian whiskies. These glasses can also be used to serve whisky based cocktails such as Manhattan or a simple cola with Bourbon.
The snifter glass is another glass which is extremely popular amongst whisky drinkers. This glass is a little short and broad and looks a lot like a tulip glass but is not fluted at the top. The aromas of the whisky collect easily in the bowl of the glass and enhance the flavor of the drink. This glass is best used when you are planning on savoring all the notes and flavors of an expensive whisky.
The Tulip glass is another favorite amongst whisky drinkers. This glass has a round bottom and becomes a little narrow towards the top before it flutes out. A tulip glass allows the aromas of the whisky to collect around its bulbous base and releases them gradually enhancing the whisky drinking experience.
The unique style of the Glencairn glass makes it the most suitable to hold a whisky when compared to all other whisky glasses. This glass that is now trying to position itself as the official whisky glass. It can be said that almost all spirits such as cognac, champagne, wine, brandy etc have their individual designated glasses. But whisky, which is such a wonderfully complex drink, is left being served in any available glass. Whisky drinking has to be enjoyed thoroughly. And to do that, it is not just the flavors on the palate that need to be relished but also the gentle aromas on the nose which need to be experienced and enjoyed. The Glencairn glass sits beautifully on the hand. The shape of the glass allows the drinker to enjoy the traditional nosing of the drink. The tapering mouth of the glass makes way for easy sipping and capturing all the aromas that rise with it.