Whiskey is a drink taken quite seriously among aficionados. Every little thing matters when it comes to the taste of a whiskey. From the stuff that was used to produce the alcohol, the flavors that were introduced, the cask that was used to age, the age of the whiskey itself. Even the texture of the liquid and it’s aroma matter. This is where whiskey glasses are so important. Good quality whiskey glasses are designed to maximize the experience of one or several different aspects of the elixir.
Now, whiskey glasses come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are engraved whiskey glasses, personalized whiskey glasses, and even custom whiskey glasses. This can result in a lot of confusion when you are trying to pick something great for yourself.
Whether your need is for your whiskey glasses to amplify the aroma, cool your liquid in a certain way or just look luxurious while in use. The best whiskey glasses in this list will have your back.
Let’s begin our journey through the wonderful world of whiskey glasses!
The Glencairn Cut Crystal Glass
The most elegant one out of all the whiskey glasses, the Glencairn glass not only looks good, but it also performs. The inspiration for this glass came from the whiskey glasses used in whiskey laboratories. These glasses were specially designed to maximize the reception of aroma. The Glencairn glass follows suit and comes with a small, tapered opening.
That tapered design makes the Glencairn glass one of the most aromatic whiskey glasses. The concentrated aroma of the whiskey invites the drinker and provides a great experience. This kind of whiskey glass is ideal for anyone who likes to gulp their whiskey neat or with a tiny amount of water.
Though, if you like drinking on the rocks, you should look at other whiskey glasses in this list. The small opening at the top is not ideal for that. The product itself is quite beautiful. A lustrous crystal has been used in the creation of this beauty. A sturdy, wide and short base nicely complement the tulip-shaped body and the narrow rim. The wide bowl of the glass will make sure that you can appreciate the beautiful hues of your lovely whiskey. The best part is that it can do all that while being quite comfortable to hold in one’s hand.
Therefore, it should not be a surprise to know that this glass won the Queen’s award for innovation in 2006. Since then it has become the first pick among a plethora of whiskey glasses. Scotch drinkers especially like it because it is great while being somewhat inexpensive.
Inexpensive you say? Yes, my friend! A pair of these whiskey glasses will cost you around $56. A great deal isn’t it?
Reidel Vinum Single Malt Glasses
Now, not everyone likes the same stuff. While some may like to sniff their whiskey before sipping it, others wish to only taste it. For the latter kind, the world-famous Riedel glassware line has come to the rescue. It is of very high quality and beautiful. Something one should expect from one of the best whiskey glasses in the business.
Unlike the whiskey Glasses from Glencairn, these have been designed to spread out the contents inside. The glass opens up at the lip instead of closing in. This ensures that the spirit evenly flows over your lips and tongue. That results in an otherworldly tasting experience as each and every bud on your tongue is exposed to the splendor of the spirit.
The short stem and thistle-like body make it quite light and easy to hold. The glass itself isn’t bulky either. These whiskey glasses are ideal for anyone who prefers not to submerge their nose in their glass before tasting the spirit itself. Though, do be warned that this $40 pair of whiskey glasses are delicate and shouldn’t be used with ice.
The NEAT whiskey glass
After talking about whiskey glasses optimized for aroma delivery and taste enhancing; it is finally time to present to you the NEAT. What is NEAT you ask? Well, it stands for Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology. Like many of your childhood fantasies based on having the best of both worlds, this glass two aims to make it possible. It also succeeds in doing so. This glass is actually quite good at what it does.
What makes the whiskey glasses from NEAT so special? It’s all in the design. This uniquely shaped glass features an unusual design and has been created with Science in mind. The glass provides the whiskey inside with a large surface area. This ensures that there are enough vapors inside to impress your discerning nose.
Just like the Glencairn whiskey glasses, it’s neck tapers inwards. As we discussed before, this helps in intensifying the aromas. But then, the most surprising thing happens. The neck widens out again. Like the whiskey glasses from Reidel, this allows the whiskey to diffuse evenly for a smoother tasting spirit. This glass is also very pleasant to hold and the unusual design is a definite attention grabber.
The most interesting fact about these whiskey glasses is that this is the official glass for the San Fran spirits competition. Therefore, you can rest assured that these whiskey glasses are connoisseur approved.
A pair of these whiskey glasses can be had for as little as $22. Definitely, a must have if you like to drink whiskey often.
The Waterford Crystal
After talking about whiskey glasses designed to optimize their functions, it is finally time for us to talk about one that has the best form of all. Welcome the Waterford Crystal. This iconic glass has been an integral part of our grandparents’ cabinet for decades. Even 5-star hotels prefer these whiskey glasses because of their beautiful form.
The Waterford company has been making crystals since 1783. This is quite clear in their most iconic whiskey glasses. The extreme attention to detail makes it a very well rounded product.
These whiskey glasses can easily be gifted to anyone without any embarrassment. And, at $113 for a pair, no one will call you a cheapskate either.