For quite some time, I used to drink my scotch from a regular tumbler. Perhaps I was under the impression that there's little differences in drinking from different glasses, or maybe I had the notion that drinking from a fancy glass come across as snobbish. I honestly can't remember.
However, as my interest in scotch grew, so did my curiosity in drinking from something other than a glass tumbler. I did my research, tried out numerous glasses, and talked to several scotch enthusiast. All the arrows seemed to point towards one glass: the Glencairn Glass.
What is the Glencairn Glass, you ask? Well, the glass is developed by a company in Scotland called Glencairn Crystal. It measures approximately 115 mm in height, and is made mostly of lead-free crystal. Launched in 2002, the glass is tapered for to concentrate aromas to enhance the nosing experience. The tapered mouth also allows ease of drinking. The wide bowl shows off the scotch's color as well as encouraging evapoation through its surface area and contact with your hand, while the base is designed to be easy for the user to hold on to the drink.
The popularity and recognition of the quality of the glass is apparent. The Glencairn Glass is the first style of glass to be endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association. They also won the prestigious Queen's Award for Innovation. Perhaps the biggest recognition of them all is that the Glencairn Glass is used by every single whisky company in Scotland and Ireland.
The glass is not expensive; I bought a few online at approximately $7 a piece from Amazon. At that price, if you are a true scotch lover, you owe it to yourself to at the very least give the glass a try to see whether you like it. I know I do.
Keep it classy, my friends.