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What is your favorite whisky glass for every day drams?


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On 6/24/2020 at 2:05 PM, Richnimrod said:

ALWAYS good to have extras!     Wait until you have a few of 'em spontaneously shatter (an actual thing) while not touching anything or anybody, not to mention the "klutz factor".

You should have a 150 lb. dog that takes everything off the end table with one swish of his tail...lol.

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So my wife gives me a set of "Scotch" glasses for Christmas. Based on the image on the box front, I'm thinking that it's a set of six rather fragile stemmed tasting glasses-- all good. Turns out that

What is your favorite whisky glass for every day drams?   Of coarse it has to be this one  !!    

I have quite a few glasses, but these are my go-tos. From left to right:   Riedel whisky glass Hand-blown rocks glass from Teeling (I use this the most) Bowmore promotional glass

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I started my Bourbon journey 9 months ago and have recently been using (ironically) a glass like the one in my avatar.  Technically I think it is a stemless wine glass, but it has a sort of round base/narrower opening like a Glendairn.  I don't recall that any of the KY distilleries we visited last October used Glencairns in their tastings or we might have brought a couple back with us.

 

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I became aware of these glasses thanks to Cliff Michel and I've always admired them.  Today I came across a 3 for 12 deal at a local antique shop.  I prefer them to my Glencairns because I can easily get my big honker in there.   Riedel Vinum Single Malt glass.

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Glencairn whiskey glass for up to 100 -105 proof.   Riddel bourbon glass for 100+ proof.    I find that the Glencairn over emphasizes the alcohol vapors on high proof whiskeys.  The Riddel handles them better for my purposes.  

 

Unfortunately, the Riddels went off the market many years ago.  I was able to pick up more on ebay.  I have about 6  of 8 left.  They are very tender and can break easily.

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Favorite glass redux - Below is a photo of the four glasses I use for neat sipping, each of which has been featured here on SB but not all in one shot.  Each in the shot of four holds an ounce of VBT # 736 to which I think I HAVE BECOME ADDICTED.  The shot of two glasses features the two glasses I use most, and the single glass shot shows what I poured the other three into before adding four small cubes so I didn't trip on the stairs on the way to bed.

 

From LEFT to RIGHT as you look at them, a basic Old Fashioned glass holding about 8.5 ounces at the brim; a Straight Bourbon Glencairn with volume at the bulb about 2 ounces, a Sommelier's tasting glass holding 4.9 OZ. at the brim and; a 3.9 ounce plastic sampling glass (brand lost when I recycled the box as the box held 200 of them so it was a lifetime's supply).

 

FWIW, drinking that 4 OZ. of VBT 736 over an hour likely would make me unable to drive BUT able to speak coherently.

 

What prompted me to post this was a comment recently on SB that the poster had decided to migrate to single OF glasses and forgo Glencairns except for fancy sipping/nosing.  THIS got me thinking - I've knocked over far fewer single OF glasses than the other three although the OF is harder to hide in a pocket than the plastic taster.

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Harry in WashDC said:

Favorite glass redux - Below is a photo of the four glasses I use for neat sipping, ...

I mostly use glass similar to your Sommelier but only maybe 1.5 oz.  I got 2 free glasses with a Courvoisier 20 years ago and it's still the one I go to most.  But I do have others, a set of 8 or 10 miniature glencairns for tastings and bunch of cool antique glasses, cut crystal, some like 150 years old.  Now if I can just find some 150 yo whiskey I'll be set.

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18 hours ago, Harry in WashDC said:

............ although the OF is harder to hide in a pocket than the plastic taster.

Hahahahaha! This reminds me of a story.

This goes back to 2013 when I was a newbie but a fast learner. I had figured out what the delivery schedule for the distributor of Sazerac products so about the time that Pappy was set to be delivered it behooved oneself to get to the store early in the morning on the typical delivery day. I thought I had it all figured out and yet I was the 13th in line when I showed up at 5am. The line was very collegial and full of all types. It was December and about 40 degrees. Most people were in puffy jackets and a couple had lawn chairs and propane heaters which they were happy to share. The guy in front of me was wearing slacks, dress shoes, ear muffs and a camel hair coat that extended to his knees. As I'm talking to him I notice his hand is inside his coat. He pulls it out and I see a glencairn full of whiskey. I ask him what's he drinking. It was Lot B. Hilarious.

I ended up with a PVW15 that day. 

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For occasions where I don’t warm the liquid inside or if you want to use one of the whiskey stones here is something I found useful. Those are a bit bigger than a typical Turkish double wall tea glass, and inside cavity is basically in a shape of a glencairn, although smaller:

https://www.amazon.com/Eparé-Insulated-Double-Infuser-Tumbler/dp/B00GG0RNX0/

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I have quite a few glasses, but these are my go-tos. From left to right:

 

Riedel whisky glass

Hand-blown rocks glass from Teeling (I use this the most)

Bowmore promotional glass

Jefferson cup from Williamsburg Silversmith

Mid-century rocks glass gifted by my great-uncle (my go-to for Old Fashioneds)

Cut glass rocks that came with a decanter (lives on my bar as a daily driver)

Glenmorangie thistle glass

 
 

 

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