How do I choose a good whiskey glass?

Choosing a good whisky glass is important for improving your whisky drinking experience, as different glasses can affect the taste, smell and general experience of whisky in different ways. Here are some considerations to consider when choosing a whiskey glass:

Shape of the glass
  • Tulip-shaped glasses: These glasses have a wide underside that slowly narrows upwards. They are often used for malt whiskeys and help concentrate the aromas for better smell perception.
  • Glencairn glass: Specially designed for whisky tasting, this glass has a tulip-shaped chalice and thin neck, concentrating the scents and improving the flavor.
  • Rocks glass (Old Fashioned glass): Short and wide, these glasses are often used for whiskey on the rocks or whiskey cocktails. They are not ideal for concentrating odors, but they are ideal for ice drinks.
Material
  • Crystal glass: Crystal glass is durable and can show the color and brilliance of whiskey well. It is often the choice for serious whiskey drinkers.
  • Glass of lead crystal: For the real gourmets, a handmade whiskey glass with lead crystal is the ideal. Choice of 16 or 24% lead crystal. This literally gives extra weight to a whiskey experience.
  • Glass: Ordinary glass is a more mundane and affordable option. It's fine for casual whiskey drinking.

Size

  • The size of the glass is important. Choose a large enough glass to hold enough whisky and ice (if desired), but also leave room for the whiskey to be waltzes to release the aromas.
  • Rule: WEE glass (up to about 100ml) is a small glass for tastings, Standard glass (about 200ml) and Luxe (handmade) glasses or for whiskey with possibly ice a Tumbler or a Mixer (approx. 300-350 ml).

Personal preference

  • In the end, the choice of a whiskey glass depends on your personal preference. Some people prefer a classic Glencairn glass for tasting single malt whiskies, while others prefer to take a more casual approach with a rocks glass.

Purpose

  • Also consider the purpose of the whiskey glass. Do you use it for whisky tasting, casual drinking, mixing cocktails or serving whiskey to guests? Your choice may vary depending on the purpose.
  • You don't actually drink whiskey but you experience whiskey, live you, appreciate you. Whiskey is a story in itself and brings you to your own story/world and that comes with a fitting glass.

In short, there is no "best" whiskey glass, but rather a glass that best suits your personal taste and the type of whisky you drink.

If you still have doubts after this story, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail (edwin@moodcompany.nl) or app (0591-212177). Then tell me something about your whiskey story or that of the person you want to give a glass to and I like to think along with you.