Glencairn Whisky Glass Set of 4
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- Transparent, lustrous crystal
- Winner of the 2006 Queen’s Award for Innovation
- Short, elegant base stand
- Hailed as - The Official Whiskey Glass
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Savor whisky in glasses fit for royalty! After winning the 2006 Queen's Award for Innovation the Glencairn whisky glass has earned its place on the bar. Considered the 'official whisky glass' by the experts Glencairn offers aficionados of Scotch whisky a special vessel to appreciate its nuances. Comfortable in the hand it has a full bowl that tapers at the rim to enhance color body aroma taste and finish. Machine made from fine lead-free crystal by Glencairn Crystal in Europe. Dishwasher safe. Size: 4-1/2'H 6 oz.
Top Customer Reviews
This glass was purposefully designed this way and it is currently the absolute best way to properly experience the world of Single Malts, Blended Whisky and other Whiskeys.
I'm not a crystal or glassware snob, but I do prefer quality vessels for beverages and food - IMHO it contributes to the enjoyment. My guests always smile when I insist that they use a beer mug or beer tulip instead of drinking from the bottle (what are we, animals? ha-ha :)
Anyway, I have a bunch of Mikasa lead crystal red wine glasses (similar to Riedel quality), which I love (so elegant) and the Glencairn is "not quite" the same quality. It's just slightly thicker and less lustrous and should cost a bit less, but I don't mind, still looks and feels proper. The coolest thing about it is that the shape slightly resembles the shape of a pot still, just like some of the more classic Scotch bottles do (usually it's in the neck of the bottle, i.e. Old Pulteney).
I wanted these instead of brandy snifters, because those just feel "stuffy", pretentious and in my mind are associated with corrupt fat cats, cigar smoke, etc. and I didn't want that (but malts do taste delightful out of brandy snifters). I would've liked these to be a bit larger, especially the bulb of the "tulip", but I don't see taking away stars for that - this is what the designers intended and this is "the" malt glass, which is why we are buying it. If I don't like that, I should design my own glass, which I won't, because I have no skills/resources. I'd rather just enjoy me malt ;)
UPDATE and TIP: I've used mine for a few months drinking single malts, cognac and armagnac. Drinking solo most days I use one and the same glass and wash it every time, but it still developed a yellow rim that wouldn't come off with dish soap. Yesterday I used some plain bleach and it disappeared, so if you observe the yellowing, it's a quick fix. Hydrogen peroxide would probably also work well. This is not the glass' flaw, IMO, just the nature of the drink :)
I'm sold. The Glencairn is fantastic for bringing out flavors and aromas in whisky. You'll be hard pressed to see me drinking from tumbler or old fashioned glass again, if I can help it.
Also, the size, weight and feel of this glass is fantastic--substantial, but not at all buky or cumbersome. The lip is not so thick as to prevent taking small sips or to otherwise get in the way.
I am mystified as to why someone would want a larger one of these. First of all, it will not be as effective. Second, this glass plenty of room for a proper measure. If you want to add a splash of water, there is plenty of room for that, too, but just a proper splash. If you need more room for water, I am not sure how much good this glass will do for you if you wish to dilute the whisky so much.
Right away I ran to my "special" scotches and went with a Hibiki Japanese Heritage. I was familiar with the taste and wanted to test it in the new glass. The glass lets you move the whisky around quite nicely without having to worry about spillage. I am by no means a scotch snob so I wasn't paying attention to drag or anything. Taste came out much as I expected, I didn't notice any real difference from my tumblers. I did notice that it's much harder to spill anything. And after 3-4 glasses, that is obviously something to be concerned about. So on that point alone I give it 5 stars