Glencairn Crystal Whiskey Glass, Set of 2
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- Non-leaded crystal
- Hailed as "The Official Whiskey Glass"
- Tapering mouth allows ease of drinking
- Wide bowl for the fullest appreciation of color
- Solid base is designed to be easy on the hand
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Today the Glencairn whiskey glass can be found at every distillery in Scotland, Ireland, Wales as well as most in the USA. It has won accolades from around the world including the Queens Award, the highest award for business in the UK. It may have taken a few hundred years to arrive, but whiskey now has a glass of it's own.
1-3/4" diameter x 4-1/2" H, with a 6 ounce capacity
Top Customer Reviews
In December 2013, the bottom of one just fell off while casually holding it.
I lost my scotch on the floor.
I am not hard on my possessions and am very mindful when it comes to delicate items such as this. Well, I thought it a fluke and would not have taken off a single star based on a one off experience.
On January 22nd 2014, three months after purchasing, the same thing happened. The bottom just dropped off while holding it. I posted a picture of the 2nd glass. After drinking from them I rinse and wash them immediately by hand and put them upside down to drain and dry. I do not own a dishwasher. Maybe it was a bad batch or maybe I banged them at some point. Twice just seems more than coincidental.
These tasting glasses are wonderful. Having sampled several bourbons side-by-side in comparison in these and a standard cocktail glass I can say that I enjoy the flavor of the bourbon from the Glencairn. Based on that alone I give it 5-stars.
As to some commenters: Is it "crystal" in the sense that we know it (i.e. 24% lead content)? No. Glencairn has perfected their whiskey glass to the point that it bears all the characteristics of crystal, without the lead. On their official website they describe it as "lead free crystal". Comments that add no value miss the point of the original review which pointed out that the seller was peddling a copy, not an original. If you're paying for a Mercedes, would you be happy if you got a Yugo disguised as a Mercedes? They're both cars, so why worry?
Why are these better? When tasting, you need both taste and olfaction. Try it sometime: pinch your nose and taste something; it will be off and weak tasting. However, with whisky, there is the risk of getting too much alcohol on the nose, overpowering the whisky taste itself. For me, these glasses strike the right balance. To test them, I did a side-by-side blind taste test of two bourbons (Evan Williams 2002 and 2003 single barrel vintages). I could easily pick out the two years (of which 2002 was substantially better). I use these for bourbons as well as scotch and rye.
How do they compare to other options? I find whisky with them to be more enjoyable than with straight sided glasses such as the Riedel glasses (Riedel H2O Double-Old Fashioned Whiskey Glass, Set of 2). I have not tried long-stem nosing glasses (e.g., Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Glass Stemware Nosing/Whiskey Glass, 7.4-Ounce, Set of 6) because they look fragile, but seem like another great option. Compared to the Riedel single malt glasses (Riedel Vinum Single Malt Whiskey Glasses, Set of 2), I think these are just as enjoyable and much less expensive.
Are they overrated? Probably. Unless you've been tasting out of tumblers, they are hardly going to be life-changing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
They are really nice--you get the nose of the whiskey and full flavor when drinking. I would not recommend these for "rocks" drinkers... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kayin Loweaa
Feels great in hand. Captures the whiskey "nose" perfectly. Has nice heft, but not too much. Stable on the table top. Everything promised and more.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful glasses that feel good in your hand. Great for drinking straight or neat. Probably should stick with a tumbler if you prefer your beverage on the rocks.Published 8 days ago by Michael
Beautiful high quality glasses. Bought two and both are perfect. They make whiskey drinking stylish. I also got some metal whiskey stones and they work well with these glasses.Published 21 days ago by Tucker Farris
these are the best glasses you can get. They focus the nose of the whisky so you can enjoy the depth of the scent of your dram. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kasadee Hiusmg
The nose was much smoother and very pleasant with no burning, and the flavor was VERY SMOOTH! I bought several for my friends also!Published 1 month ago by Kiuy Ferll
Single malt scotch just seems to taste better in these glasses. The configuration of the top of the glass directs the unique smells of the scotch right to your nose... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tuiyy Weasw