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Do Spirits Need Their Own Glassware, Like Wine Does?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 1:10:05 PM
by Marshall T., Wine Enthusiast Companies

There are a number of variables that factor into the enjoyment of wine and spirits which may be different for each individual. For some it may be associated with a favorite meal, for others it may have more to do with the company in which it is being consumed. Regardless of when or where you choose to enjoy your favorite libation, using the proper stemware made specifically for that style can truly enhance the experience.Ridel VinumSingle Malt Scotch Glass

Most members of the wine community are aware of all the different varietal glasses (Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, etc) and how the shapes and sizes bring about the aromas and flavors specific to those wines. What you may not realize is the same dynamic goes for spirits and their glassware. Let’s take Whiskey for example look at the standard Single Malt Scotch Glass.

First and foremost, the glass should have a tulip shape. The purpose of this is to concentrate all the aromas towards the top of the glass, whereas in a tumbler they settle more in the middle or even towards the bottom. In fact, some Whiskey aficionados will argue that a brandy snifter should be used to intensify this effect, however if your sense of smell is a bit sensitive this may not be the best idea.

Just like wine, the aromas and color will offer much insight to the whiskey’s quality and style. So the shape and clarity of the glass both play pivotal roles in exhibiting the spirit in its truest form. The glass should also allow the spirit to reach all parts of the tongue so that you can distinguish between the different aspects as well as appreciate the mouthfeel, or weight, of the whiskey.Glencairn Whiskey

The bottom line is this… all spirits have their own specific glassware for a reason. Otherwise we could all drink every beverage from a plain old water glass! So if you are looking to intensify your tasting experience the next time you indulge, sip your favorite drink from its proper glassware. It just may open your senses as to why true connoisseurs are such a proponent of this practice.

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3 Responses to “Do Spirits Need Their Own Glassware, Like Wine Does?”

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  2. I think it comes down to what are you willing to sepnd to enjoy a drink to its fullest. Sure we don’t want to have 40 glasses in out cabinet,yet if you drink one particular drink you ought to have something to enjoy it out of.

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