Whisky tastings are highly entertaining and educational events enjoyed with groups of friends or fellow whisky lovers. Varying themes can be accommodated such as Single Malts, Blended Whiskies, Islay Malts, Speyside Malts, Scotland Only, Bourbon, Rye – the list goes on. All whiskies taste differently due to many factors, the area of production, the grain, the distillation process, the time and method of ageing will all play a serious part in the final nose, taste and appreciation of every whisky.
One thing is a constant – some sort of vessel is required to transfer the wonderful liquid into the mouth.
The glasses that have been used over the centuries have been wide and varied and all are designed, in their own way, to both enhance the nose and the taste of the spirit.
The traditional ‘Old Fashioned’ cut crystal ‘rocks’ glass which was originally invented for Brandy and soda accompanied by ice has, in recent years, been superseded by a varying amount of distinctively shaped glasses designed to make the entire experience of nosing and tasting whisky much more pleasing and enjoyable.
As explained, there are many different Whisky glasses in existence but our favourite and the one we trust the most is the Glencairn Official Whisky Glass. Although this stands only 114mm high and holds 170ml it is a very effective nosing glass that fully enhances all the aromas and the shape is also ideal for distributing the liquid into the correct part of the mouth for the perfect taste experience.
An alternative glass that Glencairn have until now supplied exclusively to blending labs across Scotland is the Copita nosing glass which is based on the traditional Sherry Copita. This glass has a stem and tulip shaped bowl as opposed to the distinctive bowl and solid foot of the official Glencairn glass.
A new whisky tasting accessory recently announced by Glencairn is the Whisky Flight Tasting Tray. Two different option are available – firstly with 3 of the official Glencairn whisky glasses and alternatively with 2 glasses and a water jug. The trays are made from rubber wood (Chinese Oak) and have specially designed slots for the glasses to sit in the tray. They’re easy to serve with, easy to store and even easier to clean!
Also now available are two Glencairn glass caps which sit on top of the original glass and the new nosing Copita. They’re designed to trap the vapours from the whisky giving greater concentrations of aromas when nosing the liquid, ideal for tastings.
So whether you’re just a fan of the occasional drop of Whisky or you’ve always fancied yourself as a bit of a whisky connoisseur, why not give Glencairn a go, I’d definitely recommend it.