A short post, but not an unimportant one. In a very short period of time, about 10 years, a product has become an iconic symbol of the whisky world. This, of course, is the Glencairn Glass. It seems to be everywhere – tastings, pubs, distillery sites and other blogs. It is also my glass of choice when enjoying a dram (that’s one of mine in the header!)
According to Glencairn Chrystal, it was originally designed by Raymond Davidson nearly 35 years ago, and included the collaboration of master blenders from five of the largest whisky companies. The design received the Queens Award for Innovation as well as a number of other awards.
The Glencairn allows for a wonderful nosing experience. I find myself taking full advantage of the funneling effect as the whisky scent rises. And after a few drops of water, and the benefit of time – say 5 minutes or so – I can pick up on notes that I was unable to just a few moments before.
Prior to getting the Glencairn Glass I was content with a nicely weighted tumbler. I preferred the solid feel of this type of glass, compared to lighter, longer-stem glasses. The Glencairn gives me that strong base I desire coupled with a perfect shape to fully enjoy the odoriferous delights. Just the right balance – for a whisky glass.
I should mention there is a great glass review and poll at the blog Dramming. It’s well worth the visit.