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the whisky glass

May 7, 2014

Every single malt Scotch whisky lover gives some thought to the glassware. Is it really that important? Does it enhance the drinking experience? What are the advantages and disadvantages of various types of whisky glasses available? If you've ever wondered, we're here to help you become an expert.

Firstly, remember that the glass you are most comfortable with is probably the best whisky glass for you. We've seen it all over the years and we're generally very happy to see anCnoc served in unusual ways and in weird and wonderful glassware.

But if you're not sure what type of glass suits your style best or where to start looking, here are two good examples we'd recommend. Something to get you thinking about the importance of selecting the right glassware for your malt whisky.

Blender's Whisky Glass

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Blender's glass or Glencairn glass is a relatively recent development but has acquired the 'official whisky glass' status very quickly and it's here to stay. And for a very good reason.

The shape of the glass – narrow towards the top – makes nosing your whisky easier. The narrow opening concentrates the aromas around the rim of the glass and if you compare nosing from a blender's glass to nosing from a regular tumbler, you'll be able to tell the difference straight away. The aroma is clearer, more intense and easier to follow. On the other hand, a Glencairn glass has relatively straight sides towards the top which make sipping from it easy too. The shape gives you good control when tilting the glass and the delivery is accurate every time which can't be said for snifters of brandy glasses.

Overall it's a great all-rounder and we recommend it wholeheartedly.

Fishbowl Whisky Glass

A fishbowl is a modern take on a tumbler. A round and stocky glass that sits very comfortably in the palm of your hand, but thanks to the curvy shape still retains reasonably good nosing properties.

It's a perfect glass for relaxing with or for entertaining as it's very easy to drink from, stylish and harder to knock over than most other whisky glasses. While it won't do as good a job as a blender's glass on the nosing front, it's a good alternative in certain situations and it's definitely worthwhile to keep a few of these in your whisky cabinet.

In summary...

In our opinion blender's glass is great for when you want to dig deep and think about what's in your glass and perhaps something more casual, like a fishbowl, will do well for when you're simply unwinding after a long week or savouring a dram or two with friends.