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Rotgut
01-22-2011, 08:22
I'm interested in getting a cheap, basic Glencairn, maybe 2. What's generally recommended? Eventually I'll get a nice set (= sneak it past my wife) but right now I'm just looking for one - something as a starter that I don't have to worry too much about, can throw in the dishwasher, etc.

I searched around but didn't find much.

This thread (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15252) (Bourbons that don't do well in Crystal) said:


If anyone looking for glass Glencairns, I know that http://www.scotchwhiskyglass.com/ still had some left that were etched with PORT ELLEN (call them to order, some Port Ellen may be crystal also), and http://www.cobhthaighceltique.com/ has 7 left that are painted with either a Harp or Scottish Thistle (scroll to the bottom of their Glencairn page, they are on clearance).

Any recommendations? Get the cheapest one on Amazon or E-bay? Get one from cobhthaighceltique.com? Buffalo Trace?

I don't know if there are different qualities or if a Glencairn is a Glencairn . I'd get a quality one to start if there is a difference.

Thanks,

Mike

OscarV
01-22-2011, 08:24
Amazon.com has glass and crystal Glencairns at good prices.

birdman1099
01-22-2011, 08:29
They all seem to run a similar price no matter where you get it. $8-$10 a piece (both Glass and crystal)

kickert
01-22-2011, 08:58
I have always gotten mine at distilleries... but then again, I do live in KY.

kbrighton
01-22-2011, 09:01
The distillery I work at ordered about 1000 of them with our logo. I think we have them for $7.95. Call out there and see if they will ship some to you. I bought a 6 pack the day they came in, deffinitely worth it. Nice to have them around for when whisky friends come over.

Cedar Ridge
319-857-4300

MaltNut
01-22-2011, 11:42
I've got both Glencairn glasses and INAO glasses. It is amazing how the shape of the glass really does change the experience, at least for me. It may just be my imagination but I find that the Glencairn glasses make average whiskey "nose" better --taking the ethanol edge off of some--, while the INAO glasses give you a better idea of the spirit in its entirety, warts and all. Sometimes I use one over the other, but if I could only have one it would be the INAO glasses (and they were half the price of the Glencairn glasses too.)


Oh and first post here, how do you do.

Rotgut
01-22-2011, 13:23
Welcome to the forum, kbrighton & MaltNut.


The distillery I work at ordered about 1000 of them with our logo. I think we have them for $7.95. Call out there and see if they will ship some to you. I bought a 6 pack the day they came in, deffinitely worth it. Nice to have them around for when whisky friends come over.

Cedar Ridge
319-857-4300

Now I've got another product to look for next time I'm in Iowa.


I've got both Glencairn glasses and INAO glasses. It is amazing how the shape of the glass really does change the experience, at least for me. It may just be my imagination but I find that the Glencairn glasses make average whiskey "nose" better --taking the ethanol edge off of some--, while the INAO glasses give you a better idea of the spirit in its entirety, warts and all. Sometimes I use one over the other, but if I could only have one it would be the INAO glasses (and they were half the price of the Glencairn glasses too.)


Oh and first post here, how do you do.

And thanks to everyone for all the responses so far.

Mike

sailor22
01-22-2011, 14:58
Some Scotches have seasonal promotions that have two free Glencairns in a box with the Whisky - sometimes the store has the glasses without the Whisky for a buck or two. In bigger stores always ask.

callmeox
01-22-2011, 15:05
I know that I'm in the minority here, but I prefer the Riedel Ouverture Bourbon glass over the Glencairn.

They are usually more expensive and harder to find than the Glencairn nosing glass. I got a pair on sale for less than 20 bucks at Party Source so deals can be had on them.

Medicfrost
01-22-2011, 15:15
I don't know if you have a Total Wine near you, but I know they have them near me.

http://www.totalwine.com/

smokinjoe
01-22-2011, 15:29
I know that I'm in the minority here, but I prefer the Riedel Ouverture Bourbon glass over the Glencairn.

They are usually more expensive and harder to find than the Glencairn nosing glass. I got a pair on sale for less than 20 bucks at Party Source so deals can be had on them.







I'll join you in that minority, Scott. I occasionally drink from a Glencairn, but, I simply find it too....confining? Certainly, it concentrates nosing. Maybe, even too much for bourbon??? But, after that...not much for me. It doesn't help me corral all of the other sensory perceptions of the rest of the drink. I can't seem to...wallow (if that makes any sense) in the pour after that. :crazy: If I ever get to the point where I can't actually drink the whiskey in my glass, and must simply nose it, I may go to looking for more Glencairns.

Another thing about the Glencairns, is that when I hold them, I get this odd hankerin' to see how far I can throw it, and, how tight a spiral I can get! That weighted end, and the bulbous middle that gives a good grip..............Go Deep!!!! :)

callmeox
01-22-2011, 15:38
Another thing about the Glencairns, is that when I hold them, I get this odd hankerin' to see how far I can throw it, and, how tight a spiral I can get! That weighted end, and the bulbous middle that gives a good grip..............Go Deep!!!! :)

When Glencairns go "missing" from the Gazebo, I think we will know where to look.

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Rotgut
01-22-2011, 22:16
Another thing about the Glencairns, is that when I hold them, I get this odd hankerin' to see how far I can throw it, and, how tight a spiral I can get! That weighted end, and the bulbous middle that gives a good grip..............Go Deep!!!! :)

Just make sure it's empty when you throw it!

fishnbowljoe
01-24-2011, 15:29
You might want to see if any of the stores near you have any of the Old Forester Repeal sets. The box has a 375 of the OF Repeal Bourbon, a commemorative scroll, and a glencairn glass. They can be found pretty cheap nowadays. I've seen them for as low as $10 or $12. Joe

p_elliott
01-25-2011, 08:41
You might want to see if any of the stores near you have any of the Old Forester Repeal sets. The box has a 375 of the OF Repeal Bourbon, a commemorative scroll, and a glencairn glass. They can be found pretty cheap nowadays. I've seen them for as low as $10 or $12. Joe

When we at the KBF Liquor World had them for $7.95 some guy bought all of them while we were there maybe 17 of them.

p_elliott
01-25-2011, 08:47
Keep an eye on Malt Advocate web site They sell their leftover Whiskyfest glencairns pretty cheap I got mine for $5 a piece a couple of years ago thanks John. I have picked up others else where like distilleries. I don't think Jim wants to mess with it but it would be cool if we had a SB.com one made up. But then no one would know who's glass is who's at the gazebo:slappin:

Rotgut
01-25-2011, 10:25
So I guess a Glencairn is a Glencairn, it's just a matter of finding one?

Thanks again for all the suggestions.

Mike

Medicfrost
01-31-2011, 15:20
So I guess a Glencairn is a Glencairn, it's just a matter of finding one?

Thanks again for all the suggestions.

Mike

I was at the new location of one of the liquor stores I frequent, drooling over the bottles of GTS they had out when I noticed a Glencairn with the Glenfidich logo on the clearance rack for $5. I looked at it, and realized it was a chinese knock off, but it was a perfect copy. Regardless of who made it, they all function the same.

flintlock
01-31-2011, 17:43
This looks like a great glass at a great price - Glencairns are too small in my hand for leisurely drinking.

http://www.amazon.com/Anchor-Hocking-Excellency-9-Ounce-Brandy/dp/B000QU4U3M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1296520878&sr=8-3

Chuckles
02-03-2011, 11:51
Check out a few liquor stores. My Binny's sells Glencairns at full retail, but Evanston First liquors (an independent) has a bunch etched "Lismore Single Malt" for $1.79 (and funny little Glencairn-shaped shot glasses etched "The GLenlivet" for 99) -c

Jwilly019
02-03-2011, 15:50
Check out a few liquor stores. My Binny's sells Glencairns at full retail, but Evanston First liquors (an independent) has a bunch etched "Lismore Single Malt" for $1.79 (and funny little Glencairn-shaped shot glasses etched "The GLenlivet" for 99) -c

I've got a couple of those. The came with my Glenlivet 12 gift set that also included 50mL samples of the 15 and 18 year old.

imbibehour
02-04-2011, 11:00
I've been thinking of getting these as well for tastings and ditching my other glasses.

Chuckles
04-07-2011, 09:18
Be careful with those Glencairn-shaped shotglasses. The bases are rather narrow, making them kind of tippy.

imbibehour
04-07-2011, 16:54
Amazon.com has glass and crystal Glencairns at good prices.

That's where I got mine, keep an eye out I ended up with 4 for a good price, the price fluctuates from time to time. Find a good price and jump on them.

Now mint julep cups... that's a different story (I need some but can't find a good deal).

callmeox
04-07-2011, 17:36
My normal vessel is the round Four Roses glass from their tasting bar and the Samplers and my hi-falutin' glass is the Riedel Ouverture Bourbon Glass. I picked up a pair on sale at Liquor Barn and I prefer them over the Glencairn.

ODaniel
05-16-2011, 21:01
I have always gotten mine at distilleries... but then again, I do live in KY.

Quoting an old post I know, but I'll ask anyway.

Which distilleries in particular? All? I've lived in KY my whole life, my dad worked for Brown-Foreman, and I still haven't been to a distillery. I've been wanting to take Woodfords "Advanced" tour.

I've been needing a good bourbon glass for a long time. I had a small wine tumbler I used, but it broke. Was thinking about getting a glass Glencairn but if I can get one at a distillery free or a decent price I might as well wait. I don't want some overpriced gift shop crap though, hah.

p_elliott
05-17-2011, 08:27
The prices at the gift shops at the distilleries aren't bad on glencairns. Not all of them carry em BT does and HH does for sure. WT does not neither does MM IIRC. Not sure about FR or the new Barton's.

ODaniel
05-17-2011, 13:34
Cool, thanks man.

fishnbowljoe
05-17-2011, 16:27
Check out local flea markets and estate sales. I bought two at an estate sale just a couple of blocks from my house. They were originally $1.00, but it was 30% off on the last day. Got them for $.70 each. :grin: Joe

Luna56
05-23-2011, 00:18
The prices at the gift shops at the distilleries aren't bad on glencairns. Not all of them carry em BT does and HH does for sure. WT does not neither does MM IIRC. Not sure about FR or the new Barton's.

I didn't see any Glencairns at FR when i was there, but I got the last two semi-square rocks glasses they had in the shop. Semi-round I should say, a round glass with corners. Slick! I did pick up a handful of Glencairns at HH and I do love them sometimes.

The Glencairn is a very nice glass but my go to glass is the FR glass. I also have a really large, thin walled, heavy based tumbler that is perfect sometimes. Like palming a basketball full of bourbon.

That being said, a Glencairn is a necessary tool for increasing one's bourbon knowledge and experience. Having the Glencairn has taught me quite a bit.

Cheers!

mosugoji64
05-25-2011, 01:30
I've love my Glencairns. They hold a perfect pour and feel great in the hand. That said, I think glasses are a personal choice. Try a few and find one that works best for you.

imbibehour
05-25-2011, 17:34
keep trying the AMazon link, I saw a deal for them again recently.

Can't wait to use them again for a Knob Creek SB review...

OscarV
05-25-2011, 17:52
Here's a nifty one.
I won't tell you where they sell it at because here on SB.com info is hated.

StraightNoChaser
07-04-2011, 23:12
User "aea6574" posted this Amazon.com deal for Glencairns, ~$8

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16163