Many of you will chuckle at my naivete in this matter, but until very recently I had never used a snifter. While visiting the A. Smith Bowman distillery we sampled the bourbon out of snifters. I was amazed at how much they really do concentrate the whiskey vapors. Joe Dangler instructed me in the proper way to hold the snifter by its base and in proper swirlling technique.
Since there are no stores in my area that sell such things, I went to pubgear.com and ordered a set of four whiskey snifters for $20. They arrived this week and they are of good quality and they are a nice size. If you like to drink you bourbon on the rocks as I do the snifter is not quite right for that job. You can get ice cubes through the the top, but ice cubes look rather silly in a snifter and it just seems out of place.
I also ordered a "whisky blender's nosing glass" just for the hell of it. It is imported from Scotland so it was rather expensive at $24. It is quite thin and delicate, but it does a superb job of concentrating the vapors and directing them straight up the nostrils. This is a serious tool. Its just not good for drinking out of. Good enough for a tasting yes, just not the glass for a night of serious drinking.
For real drinking nothing beats a hand filling 12 ounce double old fashioned glass with a heavy base. Plenty of room for ice and lots of bourbon. Mine needs a refill.
Have Shotglass. Will Travel.