View Full Version : Glencairn vs. Riedel.....
03-15-2010, 03:24 AM
This is my first post on this forum. I am a noobie here but not to the world of Scotch however. I have a fairly decent collection of Single Malts and have been drinking my share of Scotch for many years. Some very good and some...well lets just say I wont be adding them to my collection ANYtime soon! I have both glasses from Glencairn and Riedel and have tasted many scotches out of both types....as well as a few other glasses.
Id like to hear from the members here which tasting glass they prefer and why?
I have tasted the same SMW out of both glasses, head to head, and gotten different notes and tastes from them both.
Anyone else done this and gotten the same results?
03-15-2010, 09:17 PM
There's an easy answer as to why you get different flavours but firstly I've always though that the best glass to drink whisky from was a crystal tumbler but that's for pleasure.
If you're talking about smelling and tasting the whisky to understand the flavours and aromas then the glass to use would be a copita style glass of around 6 ounces [18 ctl] but any tulip shaped glass of this size would be ideal. The reason behind this is that you need half the height of the glass empty to give room for the aroma to develop [the headspace] and the width of the opening should only be large enough to fit your nose, if it's too wide then you take too much air with each sniff. If the glasses are diferent sizes then there is a marked difference in the flavours that you pick up so it's better to always stay with the same 2 or 3 glasses of exactly the same size and shape.
Last thing, remember that the professionals seem to always try straight and then with some water so leave enough space and don't fill the glass to high.
03-22-2010, 11:56 PM
Anyone else? Opinions are like....well you know!
04-12-2010, 03:34 PM
The Glencairn Glass or The Glencairn Copita - Plain and distillery etched of these glasses can be purchased online at www.scotchwhiskyglass.com
04-14-2010, 07:27 AM
I have only been using my Glencairn glass to drink out of and also taste out of recently. But to be honest, lately I have been buying 1 new bottle per week, so I can sample them over a nice game of poker with the mates. I am thinking about using my Riedel O small stemless glass to drink out of for future drinking sessions. Hope this helps...
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