The right glass for fine whisk(e)y?

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The right glass for fine whisk(e)y?

Post by The Booze Pipe » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:25 am

I celebrated my birthday the other night with friends, dinner, and drinking some finely aged whisk(e)y from Ireland and Scotland. They varied in age from a few years to 12 and 15 years, but were all superb spirits. The whisk(e)ys were served neat in a few different glasses: rocks glass, a snifter, and a mini tulip.

The proprietor of the restaurant stopped by our table to check on us and serve up the final drink in the mini tulip. Upon noticing that I was earlier served whisk(e)y in a snifter, she informed me that they reserve those to "play a joke on someone," and she looked puzzled and unhappy about it, claiming, "They ruin the whisk(e)y".

What are people's opinions on what glass to drink a fine whisk(e)y from? Do you have some articles, or facts to back up your opinion?
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Re: The right glass for fine whisk(e)y?

Post by DFitz » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:39 am

I'll go with "one that doesn't leak". If that glass ruins your whiskey it was probably ruined before it hit the glass

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Post by dieselduo » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:41 am

I like Glencairn glasses for mine

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Post by HDNB » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:10 am

well, i never drink unless i'm alone or in a group of one or more. But when i do drink, I like a large glass.

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Post by kiwi Bruce » Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:55 am

Belated Happy Birthday BP...the "Snifter" came into fashion in the 17th century when sniffing Brandy was all the rage, you got your buzz by inhaling the spirit and not drinking it...this lasted a whole Saturday in mid-March, then everyone said..."F@#K This!" and throw the liquid down their throats...or so I'm told, but the glass remained, so both the Tulip and the snifter are still popular, so you can enjoy the "nose experience" of the spirit. If you come across a commercial product that has "Tails" in it you'll find it best, by sniffing it. The stout, straight sided glass, now popular for whiskey, came from Bourbon drinking, so that ice could be added to the glass, not easy to do with a snifter. One of the whiskey aficionado magazines had an article on this a year or so back...a google search should find it. Anyway Happy Birthday and many happy returns...Kiwi
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Post by Pikey » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:18 pm

There isn't much I am firm about in this hobby, but traditionally "Scotch" is drunk from a "whisky glass" and I like a cut crystal version - the two shown in this picture of my "Easy Scotch" are what I use. The one to the rear of the bottle is a finer crystal and is my personal favourite.
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Re: The right glass for fine whisk(e)y?

Post by bitter » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:55 pm

I use a Glencairn glass most the time. I almost never drink things mixed.. other than a little water to temper thing and open things up nicely.

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Post by rgreen2002 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:57 pm

Have a look at some of the videos from Richard Paterson. He recommends the tulip glass to keep the hands (and body heat) away form the whisk(e)y. He has a few and they're informative and funny.

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Post by Kareltje » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:51 pm

On the other hand: there is a thread about crystall glass that dissolves lead in the drink.
Can not find it now.

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Post by nerdybrewer » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:58 pm

I like the one my daughter bought me when she visited Royal Mile Whisky in Edinburgh.

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Post by Pikey » Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:20 pm

Kareltje wrote:On the other hand: there is a thread about crystall glass that dissolves lead in the drink.
Can not find it now.
In another place we have some saying that thy have memories of (Lead) airgun pellets being carried in their mouths as teenagers and I have for many decades "nibbled " lead fishing weights to decrease their "heaviness". "Getting lead out of glass" is just ttp as far as I'm concerned !

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Post by thecroweater » Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:31 pm

Kareltje wrote:On the other hand: there is a thread about crystall glass that dissolves lead in the drink.
Can not find it now.
would sure like to see the look on ya face when someone serves you a fine spirit in uranium glass :lol: ahhhhh Jenny penny the sky is falling :moresarcasm:
Drank out of mason jars Vegemite glasses and a jam tin once or twice but its very hard to go past glencairn glassware for fine whisky. I only have a pair that Suzie and I will sit and sip good spirits on ice with. If I am drinking mixers or water tumblers are just fine and dandy but even hicks like a bit of class when its called for. The glencairn glasses are just another glass if ya choking ya 10 high or Old Thompson with enough mountain dew not to make it come back up but if you are enjoying something special or trying to gauge how ya lattest wheated oat is coming along these glasses are the bomb and there is a scientific reason for that :thumbup:
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Post by Twisted Brick » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:31 pm

HDNB wrote:well, i never drink unless i'm alone or in a group of one or more. But when i do drink, I like a large glass.

have you seen these? https://www.theneatglass.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
Hey, I know that glass!. I first met George Manska, the inventor of the N.E.A.T. glass, at the 2015 SIP Awards, an annual spirit competition in CA that uses paying attendees, just regular folks, as judges in blind tastings. The event employs hundreds of George's revolutionary glasses, as there are like 12-13 flights of 7 samples for each judge, which as you can imagine, despite breaks and wonderful food, becomes mind-numbing at the end. George is a humorous fellow and great guy who loves his spirits, and working together, got along famously. Especially at the conclusion of the event, where the judges had all stumbled out and the remaining workers started digging into and sampling the myriad hundreds of bottles left over from the competition.

Fast forward to the 2017 event (https://sipawards.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow) and working with George again, had a great time. At the conclusion of the event we were trading random notes as we sampled whatever bottles we each had in hand at the moment, and he pulls out a 19yo single malt from a Scottish distillery closed many years ago. As with each round, we toasted each other's health and our fortunate lot in life. I mentioned to him that I planned to make something like that someday, and showed him some phone pics of my recently completed pot still. He smiled at me and said "you're gonna need some of these to make your cuts", and handed me a case of his glasses to take home.

I'm thinking that to fully utilize the properties these glasses, I'm gonna need at least 3 or 4 buds to help me make cuts or it will be a hopelessly futile exercise.
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Post by Pikey » Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:11 am

I love your little motto !

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Post by NZChris » Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:19 am

I have N.E.A.T. glasses but seldom choose to use them, never when doing blending or cuts, preferring the Glencairn glasses.

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Post by The Booze Pipe » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:40 pm

I need to buy some new glass ware!
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Post by Swedish Pride » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:46 pm

age in mason jar and you have a glass already, no need for smaller ones, that just means you have to top it up more often
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Post by nuntius01 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:36 pm

Glass, what be this thing you call a glass. Do you mean jar or bottle. 8)
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Post by The Booze Pipe » Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:09 am

Boom! just got a pair of NEAT glasses for Christmas from my wife. A nice surprise!
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Post by dieselduo » Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:31 am

My daughter sent me a set of 4 Glencairn glasses for Christmas

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Post by OtisT » Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:37 am

For just a shot, I prefer the large shot glass shown on the right. Normal shot glasses don’t feel right in my hand, and I like the weight of the thick/oversized glass too. Yes, I tend to nurse on my drink a bit. ;-)

Most days I like mine iced, but only with one BIG cube, so the short straight edged glass on the left are my preference. For my tastes, several normal cubes will water it down too much, and one normal cube does not cool enough. Those big cubes are perfect for chilling w/o watering down too much. I threw the ice cube tray in the pic to show you what I’m talking about as far as big cubes go.

If I don’t have a big cube, I simply add a touch of water and drink warm, rather than water things down with more ice.

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Post by RedwoodHillBilly » Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:10 am

OtisT wrote: If I don’t have a big cube, I simply add a touch of water and drink warm, rather than water things down with more ice.
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+1 I use Glencairn glasses and my barrel strength proofed to 40% with RO water, aged for a couple of days after adding water. My choice, but to each their own.

IMHO, adding ice tends to reduce ones ability to discern flavors.

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Post by The Booze Pipe » Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:26 am

Otis,
I like those big cubes, are they the 2 oz? I use the 1 oz currently and was thinking about getting those bigger ones.

I'm keeping my eye out for some glencairn glasses. It appears between those and the NEAT glasses you would be scientifically covered as far as the best glass for drinking fine whiskey goes.
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Post by OtisT » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:55 am

The Booze Pipe wrote:Otis,
I like those big cubes, are they the 2 oz? I use the 1 oz currently and was thinking about getting those bigger ones.
Each cube is 3 Oz. I see you are in the PNW; Got my tray at New Seasons Market, though I have seen at other places too. Otis
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Post by Desvio » Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:05 pm

Usually it's in a Glencairn glass or a Ball jam jar! I also have a dozen or more other use glasses, their purpose is of course to collect dust and fingerprints.
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Post by The Booze Pipe » Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:07 am

My conclusion...after scrounging up a set of The Glencairn glasses... the NEAT glass is fun to drink from, it makes it a unique experience. But, the Glencairn glass is much better for smelling or nosing a spirit, creating a totally different experience from the NEAT glass. It will be my go-to for making cuts. And a rocks glass...if you feel like having ice.
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Post by just sayin » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:30 pm

Glencairn glass, a bit of water to open the smell and taste.

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Post by Rifleman » Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:30 am

I would be hard pressed to find a better glass for my corn whisky than my Ball 8 Oz jelly jars. If I've had to many I can put the lid on in case I fall over! Plus there made in the USA.
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Re: The right glass for fine whisk(e)y?

Post by cayars » Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:50 am

Glencairn or any tulip style glass. Even a wine glass.
Anything with a smaller opening at the top and more bell shaped at the bottom. Helps to have a stem or other part of the glass to hold and not warm the whiskey with your hands.

A little swirl and the vapors are concentrated coming out of the smaller opening making it easier to nose.
Of course if talking new make or something not great on the nose use a rocks glass. :)
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Post by kimbodious » Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:20 am

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