Glasses specifically designed to enhance the aroma and flavour of whiskey and gin come in all shapes and sizes, each with its own glassware suitable for nosing and appreciating a fine dram. The gold standard is Glencairn’s whisky glass, released in 2001.
“Champagne, brandy, wine… each has its own glass,” Glencairn Crystal proclaimed. “Yet whisky, the world’s most complex spirit can be found served in anything from highball tumblers to Paris goblets.”
Today there are more than three million Glencairn glasses sold annually, but it has increasing company from young upstart manufacturers for whom aesthetic is just as important as expressing the character of the spirit. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. In my opinion, presenting a spirit or cocktail in a vessel that looks fantastic and feels great in your hand is a vital element of the ritual.
Developed with the aid of master blenders from five of Scotland’s largest distillers, the Glencairn was largely designed with practical considerations in mind.
The tapered mouth is designed for optimal nosing, focusing the whisky’s delicate aromatics and bringing all its nuances to the fore. The first whisky glass to be endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association, it remains in use by every one of Scotland’s whisky distilleries today, with Glencairn also branching out into classy Cut Crystal and even specialist Canadian Whisky glasses.