Whiskey and ice are very nice, but if you’re drinking from a normal glass, you need to level up.
Sophisticated glasses comes with the territory of becoming a connoisseur of whiskey. Do you find yourself always correcting friends and strangers about the difference between bourbon and Scotch? (Bonus points for those who tell us in the comments.) Do you have the perfect Old Fashioned recipe? Elevate your drinking experience by choosing a glass that complements the rich and complex body of the spirit and shows your mastery of all things whiskey.
Stop treating whiskey like just another spirit and start respecting its quality with these whiskey glasses. Not only do they look dapper, but they’re also scientifically engineered to cut the sharp nose sting and lift the sweetest aromas to the front.
Yes, these unusual glasses are “neat” in terms of their smart and dapper looks, but also for their hidden scientific design. After meticulously researching the science of how alcoholic spirits drift to the nose, NEAT was born from “Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology” and a distaste for the burning “ethanol vapor” that “tickles” your nose before taking a sip of whiskey. Opting for an open-mouth shape that helps diffuse sharp alcohol fumes, NEAT lets you enjoy the sweetest aromas of the spirit and detect hidden tasting notes. Made in the U.S. with lead-free crystal, this glass can work overtime with tequilas, cognacs, and rums, too.
The Glencairn Whiskey Glass
You are not a true whiskey connoisseur until you own your own set of traditional Glencairn-style glasses ($8 each at Crate and Barrel). The tulip-shaped bowl was revolutionary when it was introduced, letting its drinker savor the complexity of fine whiskeys (suggested use being sipping aged bourbon or single malt Scotch.) Said to bring out the full value and aroma of the spirit, the Glencairn is for the whiskey lover fascinated with the art of distilling and the subtle nuances of each barrel and bottle. The glass sits comfortably in hand with a tapered pedestal sham.
Think of this whiskey glass as the Megazord (yes, that’s a Power Rangers reference) of the whiskey glass world. First, it is double insulated, allowing your whiskey to stay chilled for a long, long time. Second, the bell-shaped inner portion is similar to a Glencairn and helps when nosing and tasting your whiskey. Finally, the lines you see in the glass aren’t just for decoration — they mark ounces, making it easy to know how much you’re putting in your glass.
Huckberry Soapstone Glass
These glasses take the best part of whiskey stones (keeping whiskey chilled without diluting it) and make that into an entire glass. Made from a solid piece of soapstone, the glass holds temperature longer than other whiskey glasses without the need for ice or whiskey stones. Dishwasher and microwave-safe (why you’d put it in there in the first place is beyond us), they are a rock-solid choice.
Norlan Glass VAILD Black Edition
You won’t be able to tell from the darkened outside, but holding the new VAILD Edition of Norland Glass creates a recursive infinity mirror within, as stray photons find their way into the “light trap” and bounce around, taking with them the distinct notes of your favorite whiskey. In other words, whiskey nerds will go HAM over this glass, $58 for a set of 2. “Through specially developed protrusion forms inside the glass — adapted through studying bio-mimicry — when swirled around the glass, the fluid (whiskey) forms a standing wave shape which increases the surface-to-air ratio and rate of oxidization. The effect here is that considerably more ethanol evaporates. This resulting increase in volatility allows the whiskey to become significantly more expressive,” say experts at Norlan. These guys really did their homework, comparing their glass to other shapes in an epic test of quality and aromatics … see for yourself.
Richard Brendon Diamond Double Old Fashioned Glass
With luxury mouth-blown and hand-cut glass, this twist on the iconic Old Fashioned vessel adds a tight diamond pattern at the base and enough room to pour a double (amen!). The look is both old-world and modern, and a stunning example of how the craft of whiskey goes beyond distilling and into the ritual of pouring. The texture creates a delicate rainbow effect as the light refracts through the piece, bringing a grace to the sleek lines. At $90 a glass, you may try making those Old Fashioneds with the best whiskeys under $50.
Well Told Design Maps Glass
Well Told takes your favorite places and puts them on glassware. While you can get your hometown or favorite city on a pint glass, coffee mug, and wine glass as well, our favorite is the whiskey glass. Holding 11.2 ounces, each glass depicts the major streets, neighborhoods, and latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates for the city. These are great as gifts for people moving away or moving to a new place.
No, you’re not drunk already, this glass is sitting on its side. The glass was designed to sit on its side in order to aerate whatever you’re drinking as you pour or swirl it around in the glass. In addition, the 50-degree angles on the bottom of the glass allow it to rock around, making it practically spill-proof — a good thing indeed after you’ve had one or five drams.
A one-two punch, this package contains not only a glass but also a steel ball for chilling your whiskey (as well as a pair of tongs for getting it in and out without breaking the glass). For those out there who like some mild, repetitive entertainment with their whiskey, the Rox and Roll glass allows you to roll the steel ball around the bottom of the glass (which is shaped to facilitate this), while simultaneously giving you something to stare at while deep in contemplation and keeping your whiskey cool.
Made of 100% Eastman Tritan plastic, these are indestructible whiskey glasses. If you’re one that likes to get a little rough (or take your whiskey to rough places), then these will be for you. With a lifetime warranty for scratching and cracking, the company is more than willing to back up its indestructible claim. Dishwasher and microwave-safe, these glasses also stay clear even after multiple washes.
Article originally published by Jahla Seppanen on March 20, 2018. Last updated by Sam Slaughter May 2020.
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