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Villeroy & Boch Highlands Scotch Whisky Tumbler Set of 2, 4.5 inches
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|Brand||Villeroy & Boch|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||4.1 x 8.25 x 4.75 inches|
|Style||Highlands Whisky Tumbler|
|Product Care Instructions||Machine Wash|
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- PREMIUM MATERIAL - High quality crystal glass creates inimitable shine and brilliance for a sophisticated dining experience
- ELEGANT ENTERTAINING – Our 4.5” single malt Highlands tumblers pair perfectly with the finest spirits straight or on the rocks
- SECURE PACKAGING - Your tumblers will arrive safely and securely packaged to ensure years of entertaining and enjoyment
- DISHWASHER SAFE - Earn yourself a little more leisure time with dishwasher safe durability; Please use only the top rack for best results
- LEGACY OF QUALITY - Villeroy & Boch has been a premium manufacturer of fine porcelain, glassware, and more since 1748
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Villeroy & Boch’s 4.5” Highlands Scotch tumblers are perfect for enjoying your favorite single malt neat or on the rocks. Made from high quality crystal glass that creates inimitable shine and brilliance for a sophisticated tasting experience. Each set of two arrives securely gift boxed to ensure years of entertaining and enjoyment. Meanwhile, dishwasher safe durability provides additional leisure time.
About Us: Based in Germany, Villeroy & Boch is one of the largest producers of premium porcelain and ceramic products worldwide. Family-owned since 1748, Villeroy & Boch is an award-winning, innovative company rooted in a time-honored tradition. Over its 250+ year history Villeroy & Boch has become known as a trusted international lifestyle brand offering tabletop and sophisticated home décor products for your contemporary lifestyle. For generations, our dinnerware has graced the tables of crowned European royalty, and has been a staple in renowned hotels and restaurants on every continent.
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If you look at the other Villeroy & Boch items listed on amazon, you will see that these Islands Whisky glasses are part of a full line of Villeroy & Boch crystal barware that includes three different single malt glasses, as well as tumblers for blended scotch, ice buckets, decanters and all manner of goodies. (The ice bucket is very nice and reasonably priced, by the way).
First, there is this Island malt glass, which is intended for use with strongly phenolic, peaty Islay malts like Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Lagavulin - it has the widest opening at the rim and the least tapered bowl, which gives less of a chimney effect and thus does not concentrate and accentuate the peat and iodine notes of the malt quite so much. The Highlands glass is taller and shaped more like a classic all-purpose wine glass (with a more tapered bowl and narrower rim), and is intended for gentler malts like Glenlivet, Macallan, Clynelish and such. And then there is the Lowlands Whisky glass, which is radically tapered and has a tall chimney with a quite small circumference at the rim, apparently with the idea of concentrating the aromas of more delicate Lowlands malts like Glenkinchie.
All three models of the Villeroy & Boch whisky glasses are very elegantly proportioned, made of good quality glass. They lay comfortably in the hand and have a nice weighty base, at the same time the bowl is rather delicate and the rim rests relatively weightlessly on the lips.
However, in my view, if you are only getting one of the three models, this would not be the glass to get - I would go with the Highlands whisky glass from V&B - it has the perfect "all purpose wine glass" shape and works well with any single malt. Yes, if you're drinking one of the aggressive peat bombs from Ardbeg, this more open Islands glass will tone it down a bit, and that's not a bad thing perhaps. But for a general purpose single malt glass, the Highlands glass is the ticket.
There are complaints that these get sloppy because they show fingerprints. Well, unless you use a glass with a stem, like the scotch snifters from Ravenscroft or Spiegelau, or even a cognac glass from Riedel (and that works well, by the way, esp. the XO cognac model), you are using a tumbler. There is the Glencairn whisky glass, but frankly, I find that they look and feel rather cheap, more like a schooner for beer than a tasting glass for fine single malts. These Villeroy & Boch glasses are nice to look at, feel like quality crystal in your hand, and to me show off the aroma and flavor of whisky better than the "official" Glencairn glass with the stubby knobby handle at the base.
The best way to use these is to cup the broad, heavy, rounded base in your palm - minimizes fingerprints and also allows you to comfortably swirl to raise the aromas of your malt. The base is heavy enough that your hands will not unduly warm the whisky (and since I keep my scotch stored in a cool wine cellar, a bit of warmth at time of pouring is not a bad thing). My habit is to sample one malt, rinse and polish my glass quickly with a linen towel, and start with a nice fresh glass for the next malt of the evening. Fingerprints are not a big deal.
Long story short, cut to the chase, I think all three of the Villeroy & Boch single malt scotch glasses are great, especially the Highlands version. You will find all three of them here on amazon, all at about the same price. If you are going to pick just one pair, I would go with the Highlands glass.
There is also a Lowlands Whisky and an Islands Whisky format - the former is a bit taller and ends in an even more pinched in rim (presumably to intensify the aromas of typically lighter Lowlands malts); the Islands tumbler is a bit shorter and has a more open rim (and here I assume the idea is to offer a bit less concentration of the powerful peaty, iodine aromas of the Islay malts).
I've now tried one of the other two variants of the V&B single malt glasses - the Islands Whisky glass -- and am skeptical the other formats are really necessary. This Highlands Whisky tumbler is a perfectly proportioned glass, it makes nosing an ounce of precious old malt a real pleasure. The glass lays comfortably in the palm of your hand and with its heavy base, it heats up ever so slightly to release the aromas without exaggerating the alcohol. And if you are comparing a selection of malts, you really want to taste them all from glasses of the same size and shape so the whiskies themselves provide the variables, not the glasses. But I suppose that if you are drinking a "peat bomb" and would like to tone it down, pouring it in the Islands glass will do a bit of that. But then again, why not just go with a more restrained malt instead of trying to rein in a monster?
One downside - and it is inherent in any clear stemless glass: it will show fingerprints right away. I will use the glass for a dram, rinse and polish it with a linen or microfiber glass towel and then move on to my next sample of the evening. If fingerprints really bug you, try a stemed glass like the tulip-shaped Spiegelau whisky snifter, or even a Riedel XO cognac glass. In fact, there is a stemmed "nosing goblet" in the same V&B glassware collection - I've not tried it, and i have so many different stemmed wine and spirits glasses I cannot imagine that one of them would fail to perform the same function. To me, whisky belongs in a glass you can cradle in your hand, unless you are in a more clinical tasting environment like acting as a blender for a Scotch producer! Others may disagree. Then fine, get a stemmed glass.
For the money, these are really hard to beat. Functional and aesthetically pleasing. All you could ask for from a single malt whisky glass.
He loves them and said that there is great difference in tasting comparing to regular glass with straight walls. You can sip the right amount of whisky instead of a big gulp.
The rims are thin but not as thin as the Riedel Vinum glasses also for single malt. These are extremely thin and very easy to break. We didn't like the shape of them either.
The Villeroy& Boch ones are fit perfectly in the hand, both men and women. The base is thicker than top and overall glasses look and feel good.
Each glass is 6.6 oz.