The Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations are just around the corner and therefore popping corks and sipping Champagne is going to be the order of the day and will be a highlight for many.
One question we always get asked regarding Champagne Glasses is, ‘What is the difference between a Champagne Flute and a Champagne Tulip?’
The obvious answer is the shape. However, it appears it isn’t all about shape and form as I’m just about to explain.
The Champagne Flute, with its straight sides gives a more streamlined look but also offers a smaller surface area for your Champagne than the tulip. This is all very intricate as most servers would fill any type of champagne glass too full for the drinker to appreciate the fine aromas that the champagnes produce.
The Champagne Tulip is quickly becoming the favoured one of the pair, but again once again it is often filled too full. The tulip, with its far rounder shape allows the aromas to build in the bowl. One thing that happens, and we’ve all done it, is to smell the champagne the minute it’s been poured and quickly settled down. The mousse or bubbles are still popping and all we really smell is carbon dioxide. Let the champagne settle for a little while and then ‘nose’ it and the aromas and complexities will be far more rewarding than the earlier nose full of gas! Only fill the glass half full as this is far better to appreciate the champagne than a completely full glass.
I personally prefer the rounder Champagne Tulip as the aromas offer so much more. It is even said that a lot of experts in the Champagne world are beginning to work their way from these two traditional glasses above to a more ‘normal’ wine glass shape as the bowls are so much larger and the aromas therefore get much more complex and beautiful. The adverse point of this is that an everyday wine glass will not have an effervescent point notched in the bottom of the bowl, as most champagne glasses do, to promote a seemingly never ending flow of bubbles.
The easiest way to answer the question ‘What’s the difference between a Champagne Flute and a Champagne Tulip’ is this – try your Champagne in both and take your pick! But remember, when you’re raising a glass to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne this June, you can impress your friends with a piece of very simple knowledge!