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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Bourbon and Glassware Pairings

    Does anyone else pair a bourbon or other whisky with a specific type of glass?

    My primary glasses are a Riedel Cognac Hennessy glass and a Riedel Single Malt glass, the former I use for bourbon and later for Scotch.
    But I am a big fan of Black Maple Hill and to me it tastes so much better out of a low ball whisky glass. I don't drink any of my other whiskies from this glass but both my BMH 11 and 16 are vastly improved. Does anyone else notice this phenomenon with any of their whiskies?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    I generally use the Reidel Bourbon glass but at times I enjoy a large pour in a big fat tumbler.

    I really do think there is a slight change in the whiskey and I reakon Maker's for example is much better out of the tumbler than in the Reidel glass...it may just be a mood thing who knows?

    I guess good whiskey really does tickle my pickle!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Sherburne County, Minnesota
    My favorite used to be the Riedel bourbon glass, until I got a set of the Riedel O series spirit glasses (#414/60). I like them even better!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Chicago SW 'burbs
    I've been a big fan of the Glencairn single malt glass ever since I first happened upon them at the downtown Chicago Binny's. Whether I'm drinking bourbon or Scotch, I find it more enjoyable in the Glencairn - it gives me enough "nose" without being overpowering. Not only that, but it's pretty durable as well.
    Oh no! You have walked into the slavering fangs of a lurking grue!

  5. #5
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    May 2006
    Hollywood, FL
    Having tried both the Riedel Bourbon glass and Riedel O series 414/60 (spirits) glass, I like the Bourbon glass better. I find this particular O series a bit too short for its diameter.


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    I tried doing a search for a specific thread/picture. A while back, I thought maybe it was Tim, had a photo of part of his stash and in front of each bottle there was a different tasting glass. It was a really cool photo, but I can't seem to locate it.

    Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take... but by the moments that take your breath away. 11/25/2004

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Northern Kentucky
    Here's the glass that I've been using for the last few months and have fallen in love with. I like the hefty size and the fact that they work equally well for straight bourbon, on the rocks, or for a manhattan.

    I bought them from Gumps.com. Search for whisky glasses.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    on the outskirts of life
    I almost always drink my bourbon out of a snifter. I like the way the glass looks, feels in my hand, and the way that the bourbon gets slightly warmed since the bottom of the glass is in the palm of my hand. Iím also told that the bulb shape of the glass allows you to nose a little better compared to the average straight sided glass, I doubt it makes that much of a difference though. I looked into the Riedel glasses that most people on this board seem to prefer but I donít really like them. Some day I will probably buy one to see for sure but they donít appeal like the snifter does.
    Today, largely due to my love of wasting money, I picked up a new, lead crystal snifter from Mikasa. Itís the one on the left in the horrible picture below. As much as I like the one on the right (courtesy of a hotel I stayed at ) Iíd been wanting a nice one for a long time. Canít wait to have a pour in my fancy new glass.


    "I've had eighteen straight whiskies, I think that's the record . . ." - Dylan Thomas

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Arlington, VA
    I just got a set of the Reidel bourbon glasses and am looking forward to trying them out. Unfortunately, bar studies are not very conducive to bourbon tasting...

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  10. #10
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    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Quote Originally Posted by Sijan
    I just got a set of the Reidel bourbon glasses and am looking forward to trying them out. Unfortunately, bar studies are not very conducive to bourbon tasting...
    Are you kidding, a bar is a perfect place to...oh, nevermind



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