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Luna56
02-17-2012, 22:59
I've got, side by side, a glass and a crystal Glencairn. I'm finding that there is a subtle (yet enormous) difference in the feel and "vibe" of these glasses. The crystal has a slightly softer feel in the hand. Not quite as heavy and minus a bit of the ballast of the glass one. The shape is very slightly different, a bit thinner at the neck. So classy.

If you don't have one, get yourself a crystal Glencairn and you'll instantly know why this glass garners so much affection.

Cheers!

ebo
02-18-2012, 11:29
I've have both glass and crystal Glencairns. I much prefer the crystal. I can disceren no difference in the taste experience between the two, but I like the feel of the crystal much more.

yountvillewjs
02-18-2012, 13:42
Is there an easy way to tell the difference? I've been looking at Amazon for a few weeks and they seem to use glass & crystal interchangeably. Is there a clear price difference?

smokinjoe
02-18-2012, 14:04
I believe I have this right...the crystal has a straight-edge lip, and the glass is rounded with maybe even a bit of a bead?

As Luna says, a different feel that you may find pleasing. They do have a certain classiness to them.

But as Ebo points out and I agree, it is an absolutely ridiculous notion to suggest that a whiskey will be different tasting from each glass. This idea was bandied about on these boards a few years ago. Utter hogwash. When this idea was the rage, I always felt that somewhere there was a surplus of glencairns that were in search of homes...

ebo
02-18-2012, 16:11
Yes, the crystal has a straight lip with no "bead". Just flick the glass with your fingernail.... it will ring clear if it's crystal. The glass will ring with a deeper tone and sound more dull, compared to the crystal.

I get my crystal Glencairns here. http://www.scotchwhiskyglass.com/images/logos/logo14.jpg

yountvillewjs
02-18-2012, 16:18
Full disclosure: I'm in the wine business in Napa, so glassware is something that I do consider and would be willing to make a little extra effort to get 'right'. It won't make a bad wine good, but I personally believe a good glass can add that little 'extra' that is important when you are making & selling very expensive fermented grape juice.

Thanks for the links & advice, I really appreciate it.

SDpappy
02-18-2012, 21:00
Do people prefer Glencairn or Riedels for whiskey? And why?

ebo
02-19-2012, 06:58
Do people prefer Glencairn or Riedels for whiskey? And why?
For me, it's more mood than anything. I love the Glencairn because it's like a jack of all trades glass. It's heavy enough that it doesn't feel fragile, it does a great job of concentrating the nose, it has a nice bowl that holds an adequate amount of spirit, and it just looks cool. The only knock on it is it's a bit hard to drink from if you have a larger schnoz. :grin:

I use a standard tumbler/rocks glass alot, too. I like the heft of it.... it feels "manly". :lol: Plus.... I have a 150 lb. dog that has been known to clear an entire table top with a swish of his tail. The tumbler has survived more than a few brushes with that tail. :grin:

When I really want to spend more time "appreciating" a nice bourbon or scotch, I'll use a Glencairn Copita glass. http://www.scotchwhiskyglass.com/copita.htm

Steve99
02-20-2012, 09:13
When I really want to spend more time "appreciating" a nice bourbon or scotch, I'll use a Glencairn Copita glass. http://www.scotchwhiskyglass.com/copita.htm

I agree -- I really enjoy the Copita glass. I think I am able to get at more of the nose with these glasses. The Glencairn glasses are my next favorite. I don't care as much for the Glencairn Crystal glass -- the lip is a lot thicker than the regular glass. Is this what is meant by "bead"?

ebo
02-20-2012, 15:22
I agree -- I really enjoy the Copita glass. I think I am able to get at more of the nose with these glasses. The Glencairn glasses are my next favorite. I don't care as much for the Glencairn Crystal glass -- the lip is a lot thicker than the regular glass. Is this what is meant by "bead"?
The bead is the slightly rolled over edge of the glass. The crystal is thinner than the glass and has no bead on the rim.

Luna56
02-20-2012, 22:52
I agree -- I really enjoy the Copita glass. I think I am able to get at more of the nose with these glasses. The Glencairn glasses are my next favorite. I don't care as much for the Glencairn Crystal glass -- the lip is a lot thicker than the regular glass. Is this what is meant by "bead"?

Ebo is correct, it is the glass Glencairn that has the "bead" or "lip," not the crystal Glencairn. If you run your finger up the side of the vessel you'll notice a lip on the glass one.

There's nothing wrong with the glass Glencairn, by the way, it's a fantastic little thing.

I have a crystal glass that I bought for cognac that is similar to the Copita glass but I never use it. Never cared for stemware, always makes me feel like I'm at a wedding or someplace I need to wear a tie. I suspect the Glencairn would be a great cognac glass.

It's been said before, but keeping a good variety of glasses on hand will enhance your experience. I go back and forth between a few different styles of glasses, depending on my mood. The best glass is the one that's got whiskey in it.

Cheers!

ebo
02-21-2012, 14:35
The best glass is the one that's got whiskey in it.


:toast:
............

Luna56
02-21-2012, 19:25
:toast:
............

Back atcha.

Having a pour of Bulleit Rye in a crystal Glennie now.
The crystal does seem to hold on to the legs longer than the glass one.

Another point regarding glass vs. crystal: after the first pour, who cares?!

Cheers!

fishnbowljoe
02-21-2012, 21:19
I have both types of Glencairns. I prefer the glass one myself. I'm a big guy, and the slightly heavier weight of the glass just feels better in my hand. I like them for their durability too. I have knocked mine over before, and even dropped one once, and it didn't break. I have seen lesser accidents that have shattered the crystal ones.

FWIW, I seem to remember reading somewhere, (possibly a thread here) that only the crystal version is made now.

Cheers! :toast:

Oh crap! There went my glass. :lol:

Luna56
02-21-2012, 22:31
I know what you mean, Joe, sometimes a lil' more mass in the glass is a good thing.

When my crystal Glencairn gets too light I augment its weight by adding more whiskey. It all works out!:cool:

Cheers brother!

Stu
02-21-2012, 22:36
Crystal or glass, a Glencairn just feels better in my hand than any other glass I've used. However I'm with Luna in that a plastic cup with whisky in it is better than an empty Glencairn (but I strongly dislike drinking whisky from plastic).

Luna56
02-21-2012, 23:14
In Pennsylvania recently I went for dinner at this sports bar (walking distance from hotel, only logical choice). Place was nearly empty except for a few noisy female Super Bowl nuts. "Whoooooo! Whoooooo!!"
I hate sports bars.

I did have a decent meal, though and decided I'd have an after dinner bourbon. The best they had was WR so that's what I ordered. Five minutes later my server returns with this enormous martini glass, like the kind one might get supersized margaritas in at those Mexican chain restaurants.
The glass was truly enormous and was full to the brim with bourbon. Easily eight, ten shots worth. The oversized, novelty margarita glass is an excellent whiskey vessel indeed.

I love sports bars! "Whoooooo! Whoooooo!!"

Cheers!

Cheers!

Steve99
02-22-2012, 11:25
I'm confused now. My crystal Glencairn definitely has a wider rim, although I do understand what you mean by beaded now, and it is not beaded just like you said. I also think My crystal Glencairn is heavier than my glass one. I hope i didn't get a bad one or something. When I get a chance I will have to try and post a picture of the two glasses.

A martini glass full of bourbon - wow! That would be the best glass!

Steve

mosugoji64
02-22-2012, 13:04
In Pennsylvania recently I went for dinner at this sports bar (walking distance from hotel, only logical choice). Place was nearly empty except for a few noisy female Super Bowl nuts. "Whoooooo! Whoooooo!!"
I hate sports bars.

I did have a decent meal, though and decided I'd have an after dinner bourbon. The best they had was WR so that's what I ordered. Five minutes later my server returns with this enormous martini glass, like the kind one might get supersized margaritas in at those Mexican chain restaurants.
The glass was truly enormous and was full to the brim with bourbon. Easily eight, ten shots worth. The oversized, novelty margarita glass is an excellent whiskey vessel indeed.

I love sports bars! "Whoooooo! Whoooooo!!"

Cheers!

Cheers!

Wow! I bet the walk back to the hotel was more of an adventure than you anticipated! :lol:

Luna56
02-22-2012, 13:44
I did okay, I took my time finishing the drink and had just finished a big meal.
Still, it was a bit extreme. I'll try to post a pic I took with my iPhone if I can figure out how.

Steve, regarding the differences between glass and crystal:
Revisit ebo's earlier post in which he describes pinging the glasses to hear the difference in sound. The crystal will have a clearer tone and will ring for a longer period of time.

I've found my crystal Glencairns to be lighter in weight than the glass ones.

Cheers!

BootFNBD
02-26-2012, 14:37
To the best of my knowledge, Glencairn only produces the crystal version now.

Anyone tried the Glencairn Canadian Whisky glass?

Tico
02-26-2012, 15:50
To the best of my knowledge, Glencairn only produces the crystal version now.

Anyone tried the Glencairn Canadian Whisky glass?

I was eyeing these the other day. The regular glencairn is nice but feels a bit small and fragile in my hand. I like the size of the canadian glencairn so I might grab a few of these.

DAM
03-01-2012, 17:15
I really like the Canadian glass, it's a great change of pace. For me it occupies a middle ground between the standard Glencairn and bigger, heavier rocks glasses. It's perfect for when you want a slightly larger pour than normal. And the wider, more stable base definitely comes in handy on occasion...

mosugoji64
03-01-2012, 19:29
It took a moment to get accustomed to my Glencairns, but now I love them. I have the crystal version. The shape and weight feel just right, and they hold the perfect amount. That said, I don't discount any other glasses and would be willing to give others a try. More tools for the toolbox!

BFerguson
03-15-2012, 17:18
A set of six arrived in the mail today, looking forward to giving them a try out tonight.

They sure do look nice sitting on the bar.

B

Luna56
03-19-2012, 00:19
Dropped one of my crystal Glencairns while washing it yesterday. It made a resonant "pop" when it hit the tile floor and exploded into a shimmering blizzard of tiny, sparkling shards that tinkled sweetly as they settled. Now I've only got one crystal Glennie. Damn.

Comparing the glass and crystal Glencairns has convinced me that the crystal is a nicer glass to hold. It is a bit lighter than the glass one and has a somewhat softer feel. I also noticed that the "ballast" remains behind the hand as you tilt it to drink. This sounds anal, I know. But shouldn't the weight and balance of a proper vessel work with ya a little? Gunsmiths and knifemakers understand this. The concept of balance and a properly located fulcrum is elemental to good design and one notices this when handling a quality instrument. I know the Glencairn was designed for a singular function and the balance issue was maybe an oversight or deemed unimportant. Or maybe I'm just wrong. Were I to design a whiskey glass, it'd be a Glencairn rebalanced with a bit more weight in the bulb, just a bit more forward. Now I am really getting anal!

All that aside, the Glencairn is the benchmark and is a wonderful, friendly little vessel, great to hold. I have a bunch of different whiskey glasses but since I got my crystal Glencairns I haven't used anything else.

Cheers!

jcg9779
03-23-2012, 06:56
Well, it finally happened to me also. Last night I was grabbing a different glass and my hand knocked one of my crystal Glencairns and it fell onto my granite countertop. Luna's description is very accurate - it EXPLODED and covered my kitchen with small crystal shards. This morning I found two big pieces of the crystal on my dining room table, some 10 to 15 feet from where the glass broke. I'll probably be finding pieces over the next week or so.

It was the first and I'm sure it won't be the last.

smokinjoe
03-23-2012, 07:13
Well, it finally happened to me also. Last night I was grabbing a different glass and my hand knocked one of my crystal Glencairns and it fell onto my granite countertop. Luna's description is very accurate - it EXPLODED and covered my kitchen with small crystal shards. This morning I found two big pieces of the crystal on my dining room table, some 10 to 15 feet from where the glass broke. I'll probably be finding pieces over the next week or so.

It was the first and I'm sure it won't be the last.

Better check your couch, too. ;)

coffeymates
03-23-2012, 18:27
Wow sorry to hear about the breakage. We have broken very few over the years of washing and handling thousands of them and as we have stated before had one hit the kitchen Pergo and down a whole flight of carpted stairs to land on slate without breakage. Must be the luck of the land. We like the feel of the Mixer (Canadian or rocks style) Glencairns too even though they are fine for neat drams. Added pluses they cannot be tipped over. The heavy base and shape makes them virtually impossible to tip. We are getting them now without the maple leaf if desired. We custom sand carve engrave so you can have just about anything you want on them or the trad. Glencairns www.cobhthaighceltique.com (http://www.cobhthaighceltique.com) email us for price on the Mixer glass coffeymates@comcast.net

macdeffe
03-26-2012, 21:12
I like the Glencairns as well, and its mainly for the durability. I also really like the mini Glencairns

I got some stilk Ardbeg/Glenmorangie copita nosings, but my friends are like ebo's dog and they just have to enter my place and look at them and they break :-). But they are fantastic drinking glasses

Steffen

gblick
03-27-2012, 05:35
I've recently discoved the Glencairn, and it is now my favorite glass. I found a crystal Glenmorangie one that has a stem and is slightly smaller (~4oz to the brim), and use it all the time. Libbey makes a glass one just like it (#07399), but it's only sold in Europe.

Trey Manthey
03-27-2012, 09:57
Anyone try the Iona pitcher? I like to add a few drops of water to many of my whiskeys, and this seems like a good vehicle for that.

yountvillewjs
03-28-2012, 12:18
My set of 12 showed up today. Looking forward to breaking them in soon.

smgrey24
03-28-2012, 15:28
I use a standard tumbler/rocks glass alot, too. I like the heft of it.

It's heavy enough that it doesn't feel fragile, it does a great job of concentrating the nose, it has a nice bowl that holds an adequate amount of spirit, and it just looks cool.
Just had my first tasting from Glencairn and have to admit that I was very surprised at the difference the glass brought to the table. Wow, does it ever concentrate the nose! Quite an amazing experience for sure. Like ebo, I am a fan of the standard tumbler/rocks glass because frankly I like the “solid” hand feel. However, I would recommend that all newbies (like me) give this glass a try. The Glencairn will now be my glass of choice because it truly respects the bourbon! :drink:

Luna56
03-30-2012, 23:02
The Glencairn does concentrate the nose in a superior way indeed. The crystal version holds the legs in a nice way too.

Fantastic little vessel.

Cheers!

Trey Manthey
06-12-2012, 17:46
Ha! I was just doing a mini-tasting of the BOTM, and had two Glencairns with about 3/4 an ounce left in each. A careless swipe of my arm sent both glasses toppling onto their sides rather violently across my computer desk. To my surprise, neither broke. Even more exciting was the fact that not a single drop of whiskey left the glass, as they rolled lazily at a jaunty angle. I'm sure this scenario would have been a disaster if I'd been using my Riedel scotch glasses.

Luna56
06-12-2012, 22:38
Whew! Lucky indeed. The crystal Glencairns are more fragile than the glass ones, so be careful.

Cheers!