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  1. #21
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    Re: Impact of Tasting Glass Shapes On Flavors?

    I definitely prefer a Glencairn over a rocks glass. When I first started tasting, I was using a rocks glass. One of my early experiences was with Makers Mark, which I found unimpressive. The next time I tried MM in a Glencairn glass, I found the MM to be much improved.

    I now do all my tasting in a Glencairn glass, and feel it adds to the experience in a positive way.
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    Re: Impact of Tasting Glass Shapes On Flavors?

    What was the stemless glass than John Hansell used in the Modern Marvels Whiskey DVD?

    I have been trying to develop my sense of smell. So I would think the glass used for nosing play a bigger role than someone just sitting with friends sipping a bourbon you have had numerous times before.

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    Re: Impact of Tasting Glass Shapes On Flavors?

    I find a white wine glass to fit the bill nicely. I sometimes use a stemless white wine glasses too. The riedel chardonay is nice, mine was about $12.00 for 2.

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    Pretty partial to snifters myself. I think it's more an affinity and connection to the style if anything else. But I did compare a glencairn to a snifter once and preferred the snifter for its ability to give me a deeper nose with the wider surface area

  5. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by BourbonGuy View Post
    What was the stemless glass than John Hansell used in the Modern Marvels Whiskey DVD?
    I don't know the name of that glass, but the Liquor Barn in Louisville sells similar glasses for about $2. I usually reach for them over my glencairns.

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    Re: Impact of Tasting Glass Shapes On Flavors?

    Put me down squarely in the Glencairn camp, though buyer beware. There are at least two Glencairns out there -- one which is simple molded glass and one which is "crystal". The glass ones are thicker, have a rounded lip, and usually come in gift sets or some other such thing (mine came from a Glenfiddich gift set). The crystal ones have a thinner, sharper lip. I prefer the crystal ones myself.

    As far as the type of glass itself, I'm more concerned about what the glass *doesn't* do than what it does. A rocks glass, or a wide-mouthed snifter or wine glass will tend to put your face in the whiskey vapors, and for me, this highlights the burn of the alcohol, and can be off-putting, especially as the proof gets higher. IMO you can really ruin the concentrated, full nose of a fine barrel proof whiskey by throwing it into a rocks glass.

    I like a small mouth to the glass -- most tasting glasses, the Glencairns, or those Reidel whiskey glasses are like that -- they concentrate the nose without blasting you with alcohol.

    Why do I like the Glencairns? Truth be told, I don't care about having cool or cold whiskey, so I don't mind the stemlessness one bit. They're more durable then stemmed glasses, and after a few, you'll likely appreciate that. They have a nice big bowl to them. They look cool. They are heavily weighted at the bottom so they are unlikely to tip. Again, after a few, you will appreciate this feature more. And they notch really well in the hand. In fact, I was watching TV one night with my Glencairn in hand, and woke up three hours later -- the Glencairn hadn't moved! I hadn't spilled a drop! What else could be a better testament?



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  7. #27
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    Re: Impact of Tasting Glass Shapes On Flavors?

    Quote Originally Posted by nblair View Post
    I don't know the name of that glass, but the Liquor Barn in Louisville sells similar glasses for about $2. I usually reach for them over my glencairns.
    Thank you, but I am in New York (Long Island)
    I went to their site, but did not see them.
    Maybe John will read this and chime in.

  8. #28
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    Re: Impact of Tasting Glass Shapes On Flavors?

    Well, I'm thinking different glasses have different purposes. Sometimes I really want to analyze the nose and really sort out what is going on with a specific spirit. On the other hand, sometimes I just want to watch TV, have some brown booze with ice and relax. I find that I must turn off fans (hey I live in Florida, we have fans on all the time) the TV, computer, etc to be able to really focus on what I am tasting. I break out the "tasting" glasses at that moment. The rocks glasses are just fine for watching Casablanca or the Maltese Falcon, when I am watching movies and want to focus on the movie and not the booze.

 

 

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