Whisky Glasses

Whisky Glasses

In Whisky by Whisky Monster1 Comment

Whisky glasses come in different sizes, shapes, materials and even stories. What we often underestimate in this topic is the needs of consumer for sure. Getting consumer know their glassware better will end up in increasing the drinking joy.

So which of these fabulous whisky glasses is the best one?  The infamous tumbler? Or tulip shaped Glencairn? Or maybe Turkish tea glass?

Let’s never forget, at the end of the day, both whisky and the glassware is just the preference of the user.


Known as the classic tasting glass for wines and spirits, Copita is a great way to taste any type of whisky. With its narrow mouth and large chamber, every character of the spirit can be observed.

Pros & Cons

Stem helps to prevent hand contact, thus also prevents sudden temperature increase. Easy to swirl to decant and focused on aromatic experience through the narrow mouth.

Where To Find It?

The Glencairn

Glencairn glass is not that old but it suddenly became the industry standard and maybe the most popular POS material for the brands.

Good for both tasting and daily sipping.

Pros & Cons

Easy to swirl whisky to decant. Tulip shape helps to transmit aromas and flavors efficiently. Short and stiff stem prevents temperature increase.
One negative thing is it prevents eye contact.

Where To Find It?

The Tumbler

Classic, charismatic, nice to hold one. Though is every thing really about appearance?

Pros & Cons

Tumbler is good for drinkers who likes it on rocks. It is also good for bourbon and blend drinkers as sharp notes will dissipate quickly. Though hand contact will increase the temperature and nose is not focused. And I need thin rim!

Canadian Glencairn

Known as the Canadian Glencairn is generally used for blended whiskies by me and I find it useful for those.

Pros & Cons

Canadian Glencairn has the same physical attributes with regular one though in a scaled up way. Loses aromas quickly but good for ice usage and social drinking.

Where To Find It?

Riedel Vinum

Crystal, elegant and fragile. However, there is a gossip that even the creators accepted it was not a successful product!

Pros & Cons

Main aim of Vinum was to transmit the flavors to every point on the tongue with its frizzled mouth. Though later on this shape also resulted in loss of aromas. Plus it was way more expensive then The Glencairn.

Where To Find It?


Snifter is usually known as the Brandy Glass. Though, a lot of aficionados use this glass when drinking whisky or beer. If the size is small, it is actually good for whisky.

Pros & Cons

Fun to hold, increased surface area increases aeration. Expect some hand contact but really charismatic and good for social drinking.

The Neat

NEAT, 'Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology' has a technical point of view. They claim NEAT gets rid of light ethanol particles very fast in order to have intense aromas.

Pros & Cons

Neat is used in some famous competitions too/ The theory is definitely right but the glass has a small size and hand contact increases the temperature very fast.

Where To Find It?

Turkish Tea Glass

Large volume, frizzled mouth. Like a combination of Glencairn, Neat, Copita and Riedel with a Turkish tradition.

Pros & Cons

Actually why not? Mouth could be narrower and hand contact is a big issue. But in hard times, it can help! Actually the best pro might be the price!!

Where To Find It?

Denver & Liely

Bring Tumbler and Snifter together and do it by hand blowing. Australian design, great minds behind.

Pros & Cons

Large volume with a narrower mouth. Charismatic and good looking with increased surface area. Aroma focus is really good. Can get warm quicker. I love to enjoy my whisky in D&L if I have time.

Where To Get It?

Wedge by Corkcicle

For the ones who cannot give up on ice. Leave it in the fridge and freeze!

Pros & Cons

Less dilution and cold drinking is pros. Not good for single malts for loss of aromas. I honestly couldn't get used to this. Too much preparation and minimal outcome.

Of course every one has different tastes and habits. My favourites are The Glencairn, Denver & Liely and Tumbler.

For tasting I would definitely go for The Glencairn and Copita. For daily drinking Denver & Liely is awesome.



  1. Sevgili Keyif Adamı,

    Arkadaşıma hediye almak üzere desteğinize ihtiyacım var. Arkadaşım Nesli Akman sayesinde ulaştım bilginize 🙂 Laphroig mi Lagavulin mi ? Yoksa daha özel bir seçenek var mı ? ve nereden alabilirim ? Bir de yakınlarda yine arkadaşıma hediye edebileceğim bir viski tadımınız var mı ?