The Glencairn Whisky Glass
The Glencairn Whisky Glass is a revolutionary whisky glass that really lets one savor the taste and complexity of fine whisky. These are great to use for any of your Single Malt Whisky's, Irish Whiskey's, and also your single barrel bourbons. With the tapered mouth, you are able to really smell all of the nuances the whisky has to offer. Any malt advocate will love this glass!
History Of The Glass:
Champagne, Brandy, Wine... each has its own glass. Yet whisky, the worlds most complex spirit can be found served in anything from hiball tumblers to Paris goblets.
In 2001 Glencairn Crystal solved the problem of identifying the ideal glass for whisky. Designed by Raymond Davidson nearly 25 years earlier, its development involved pulling together the master blenders from the five largest whisky companies and asking them to perfect his initial design.
Today the Glencairn Glass can be found at every distillery in Scotland, Ireland, Wales as well as most in the USA.
It's a bit like pouring your vintage champagne into a pint tumbler or your XO brandy into a shot glass!
Whisky is a drink to be savoured. Time spent enjoying the flavours on the nose are equally important as those on the palate. Raymond Davidson decided it was about time someone designed a proper whisky glass...
The perfect glass for whisky was created and left to mature for some twenty years at the bottom of a filing cabinet.
After adequate maturation, his sons Paul and Scott decided to take his design to the people who know best... the master blenders!
With their help and support they were able to take the glass around the world and promote it as the Glass for whisky, developed by the whisky industry for the whisky industry.
It's roots lie in the traditional nosing glasses used by blenders around the world.
The unique and stylish shape has been crafted with eminent care, to enhance the enjoyment of whisky.
The tapering mouth allows an ease of drinking not associated with traditional nosing glasses whilst capturing the aromas on the nose.
The wide bowl allows for the fullest appreciation of the whisky's colour and the solid base is designed to be easy on the hand.
The glass is approximately 115 mm (4.5 in) in height and has been available in three variations: 24% lead crystal, lead-free crystal, and soda-lime glass.The vast majority of glasses in circulation are of the lead-free crystal variety. The soda-lime variation was discontinued in 2008.
The capacity of a typical Glencairn whisky glass is approximately 175 ml (5.9 US fl oz), and it is intended to hold approximately 50 ml (1.7 US fl oz) of liquid.
In 2006 the glass won the Queen's Award for innovation.
The Glencairn glass is not the only glass on the market that is designed specifically for drinking whisky. (For example, Riedel also manufactures such glassware.) While there are numerous styles of such glasses available, the Glencairn is the first style to be endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association, and it is used by every whisky company in Scotland and Ireland.
Old Fashioned tumblers, snifters, and nosing copitas are other types of glasses that are commonly used for drinking whisky. The traditional style of whisky glass is a cut crystal Old Fashioned whisky tumbler, an iconic design that remains the most commonly used type of whisky glass. However, a tumbler does not hold and focus the aromas as much for the experience of the drinker as the other styles, which curve inwards towards the top of the glass. While not all drinkers may find the strong aroma produced by such glasses desirable, inward-curved glasses are often preferred by connoisseurs who consider the aroma especially important to the experience of a whisky.