Your Guide To Whiskey Glasses

Your Guide To Whisky Glasses

Are you confused about the types of whisky glasses and can’t make out a highball glass from tulip-shaped glass or old fashioned glass?
Do not be fazed by the bumpy road because we’re here to ease the creases for you, so that you are better able to understand the difference between the types of glasses best suited for whisky.

Whisky is one of the most popular drinks which is appreciated worldwide. But does the glassware matter when drinking whisky? The answer is yes!

Whisky tasting is art, one needs to understand the sensory details to appreciate it. The right kind of glass enhances the drinking experience for connoisseurs.

Moreover, the science and logical reasoning explain that the shape and size of alcobev glassware affect its aroma, flavour and the temperature.  

So without further ado, let’s guide you through a list of whisky glasses… Before we begin, it is imperative to mention here that if one intends to get tipsy, the kind of glass used becomes irrelevant. However, the whisky enthusiasts would share the different sentiments about picking out the right glass to savour whisky, because drinking should be a tasteful experience.

Let’s get going…

Old Fashioned Or  Rock Glass

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It’s a short tumbler glass used to serve neat whisky or on the rocks. The typically wide-brimmed thick bottom glass allows for the mixing of ingredients and has enough room for ample of ice. The serving capacity of the versatile old-fashioned glass usually measures between 180-300 ml.

Shot Glass

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Shot glasses are used for drinking a considerably small amount of neat whisky quickly in one go. There are two types of shot glasses – the shooter glass and cordial glass.

Shooter glass is used for double or layered shots.

Cordial glass is used for consuming strong spirits without ice. The capacity of this glass is 1 or 2 oz. Typically with the stem, they’re more suited to serve guests for a formal appearance.

Tulip Glass

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Perfect for nosing the whisky, a tulip glass is similar to the Spanish Copita glass. The aromas get concentrated in the bowl shape which escapes through the slightly narrowed rim of the glass. Its long stem prevents the polluting smells to come too close while nosing the drink. This glass is most favoured among the connoisseurs & master distillers across the world to appreciate the fine nuances of whisky.

Highball Glass

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The highball glass or tumbler glass is a long narrow shaped tall glass is ideally used to serve whisky cocktails over ice. Its thick base keeps it balanced and helps in avoiding spills.

Snifter Glass

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Snifter glass is typically used for aged brown spirits including whisky. It is designed in such a way that the broad surface area of the glass evaporates the alcobev, and the aroma is trapped by the narrow top allowing the senses to register its characteristics. The rounded bottom lets the drinker cup the glass which warms the alcobev.  Most snifters can hold the capacity of 180–240 ml.

Glencairn Glass

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Glencairn glass was originally designed by Raymond Davidson in Scotland for whisky tasting, and it is the first glass-style which was endorsed by the Scotch Whiskey Association.
The design is inspired by nosing Copitas used across Scottish whisky labs.
Typically the capacity of Glencairn glass is approximately 175 ml, and the tapered mouth lets the drinker savour the complex taste and aroma of whisky. These glasses are used preferably for Irish whiskeys, single malts and bourbons.

Now, that you have a fair knowledge about the fundamentals of whisky glasses, gear up to stock your bar, and get the most of the next whisky you drink.


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