Do you drink your whisky neat or with a mixer? With ice or in a cocktail? There’s a ton of options but no matter how you serve whisky, there’s always a scotch glass for the job. You don’t need to follow these points to the letter – good whisky doesn’t need rules – but it’s always useful to know the ropes when it comes to the different types of whisky glasses.
1. OLD FASHIONED GLASS: OLD FAITHFUL
It’s classic, it’s iconic, it’s the old-fashioned glass. This is custom-made for anyone wanting to indulge in a small amount of top-tier whisky. Although it was named after the crowd-pleasing cocktail, this is the go-to glassware for anyone that enjoys their whisky with a touch of ice or water or even neat. The heavy base feels satisfying to hold and can easily handle an ice cube. It’s versatile too, use it for a leisurely sip or whip up a quick cocktail using this classic glass.
2. GLENCAIRN GLASS: STRANGE BUT FUNCTIONAL
Show a Glencairn glass to someone and you might get a confused look. Shaped like a teardrop, this is the ultimate way to soak up every last detail of a whisky. It only holds a small amount but it’ll maximise the experience of the finest scotch whisky. Pour in, swirl then savour all the complex aromas and flavours from your favourite whisky, all thanks to that unique shape.
3. SHOT GLASS: SHOOT YOUR SHOT
Some people collect stamps, some coins, and others shot glasses. No prizes for guessing which one we prefer. A good whisky goes down nice and easy, more than any other spirit. The shot glass can have a bad reputation, but not in the world of whisky. Throw in a bit of a different liquor, syrup or just some lemon juice and you’ll have something original to you. Give it a shot, mix things up.
4. HIGHBALL GLASS: LONG AND TALL
Similar to the old-fashioned glass, the highball glass took its name from a style of drink. Traditionally, a highball was just whisky with a mixer but the highball glass can be used for whatever cocktail you desire. Whether you want to have your scotch with a top-up of coke, or mixed up with a dozen far-out ingredients, this glass has enough room for the lot, plus a teeth-chattering amount of ice.
5. FLAGON OR HORN: THINK OUTSIDE THE GLASS
To truly stand out from the crowd, why not swig your scotch from a flagon or even a horn, like the Vikings back in the day? Good whisky tastes great, no matter how you take it. It makes sense too – horns and ancient mugs have a good grip so you won’t spill a single drop.
There is no right way to enjoy whisky, but over the years, whisky drinkers have come up with a glass for every occasion. Not sure what to choose? Try the lot and see what hits the spot for you.
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