For us, sipping whiskey is an experience. The glass you choose plays an aesthetic role, but also provides different sensory experiences. The shape, weight, and thickness of whiskey glasses can even change the taste and aroma of a spirit. Let’s explore some of these whiskey glasses below:
Also known as the ‘Copita,” the tulip glass is known for its wide base which helps disperse the aromas of the whiskey. The glass stem to helps keep from warming the whiskey with your hand. This is a traditional glass used for tasting and nosing the whiskey.
The glencairn is the new definitive tasting glass. Similar to the tulip, but shorter and thicker, and without the stem. The broad base lends itself to swirling the whiskey, and the curved shape helps to move the aromas upward for nosing.
The NEAT glass is a specially designed tasting glass, with an uniquely wide rim and base. Designed to prevent the nose burn caused by harsh alcoholic notes, the shape of this glass is so distinct it’s sure to be a talking point at your next tasting party.
Also known as the old fashioned glass, or a rocks glass, the tumbler is possibly the most recognizable whiskey glass. Not designed for tasting or nosing, instead this wide rimmed glass has an easy hand feel and is meant for whiskey on the rocks or a classic cocktail.
A taller version of the tumbler, the Highball is meant for higher volume drinks, and cocktails with a longer list of ingredients. Use this glass for extravagant cocktails.
The snifter is an upscale and shorter version of the tulip glass, but with a larger bottom. Also known as a cognac glass, the wide bowl shape of the snifter allows aromas to collect in the upper portion, and is a visual representation of class. Although a tasting glass, the snifter can also be used as an elegant whiskey cocktail option.
Magnus Original Snifter Cocktail
1.5 oz Joseph Magnus Bourbon
.5 oz cognac
.75 oz sweet vermouth
.25 oz Drambuie
2 dash Angostura bitters
2 dash Peychaud’s bitters
Lime peel, garnish
In a mixing glass, stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled snifter. Garnish with a lime peel.
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