Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Correct glasses

When people think of glasses for whisky they would usually think of a tumbler filled with ice.

My tumbler at home. I used to use this for drinking whisky.

This is the default glass for "whisky on the rocks" and it is a great way to enjoy cheap blended whiskies. However to appreciate fine single malt whisky, a tumbler is not recommended because it doesn't capture the aromas of the single malt. Also the pretty pattern on the glass alters the light which makes it difficult to look at the whisky's colour. What is recommended is a dedicated whisky tasting glass. I didn't have one when I first started to enjoy single malts so I used a cheap wine glass for the job.

A cheap wine glass. Made with low quality glass.

A wine glass isn't perfect but it did a good job of capturing the aromas. Today I decided to buy a glass more suited to appreciating fine single malts. I bought two wine tasting glasses from Yamaya for 680 yen.

A wine tasting glass. I currently use this for single malts.

These glasses hold about 210ml which is perfect for a dram of single malt. The important thing however is that these glasses are tulip shaped and thus concentrate the aromas. These glasses will suffice until  I can afford a set of dedicated Glencairn Whisky Glass. These glasses are the best! In Japan, the best place to buy them would be the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of Japan.

My glasses shelf.

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