In every man’s home there should be a set of whiskey glasses at his disposal. That goes double for his man cave. The investment in making a space all your own simply isn’t complete without including some of the finest scotches and bourbons known to man.
In case you don’t know, I will take little bit of time to explain the difference between a snifter, a tumbler, and a Glencarin. In case you want to skip the preamble and know the one sit I most recommend, go with the Art Deck Whiskey Tumbler by Maketh the Man.
In this article, we’re also going to review the following whiskey glasses:
- Glencairn Whiskey Glass
- BruMate NOS’R Stainless Steel Whiskey Nosing Glass
- Final Touch on the Rock Glass with Ice Mold
- Dragon Glassware Diamond Whiskey Glasses
Popular types of whiskey glasses
There is a wide range of glasses to choose from. By far the most popular glass is the Tumbler. It has straight, thick walls and a heavy based meant to withstand muddling. This is the kind of glass that an old fashioned will usually come in at hotel bars. The nosing is a bit compromised by its shape but it has high drinkability. Up next is the Snifter, a tulip shaped glass with a long stem and a broad pedestal. The glass narrows out at the top, accentuating the nose and making it a great match for sipping a fine whiskey. Finally, is the Glencairn. It is made up of a thick glass pedestal, a tulip shape meant to let the whiskey breath, and a mouth that makes drinking easy.
One thing to keep in mind with your whiskey glass is that they are all designed to allow your whiskey to breath. This means you will need to give your whiskey room to breathe and relax. Your whiskey will be come smoother and mellower as you swirl it around your glass, so make sur you give yourself enough room.
Characteristics of Whiskey Glasses
Glass feel & characteristics
Well made whiskey glasses will feel solid in your hand. The weight, design, and grip of the glass all go into how we judge the quality.
Getting a strong hit of the aroma is a big part of the whiskey drinking experience. In wider bowled glasses, the whiskey is better able to breath. This means the glass is wide enough that the ethanol fumes escape and the whiskey develops a more mellowed mouth feel.
This refers to the ease of drinking from the glass. The easy way to think of it – the farther up you have to tilt a glass to drink from it, the less drinkable it is. This is effected by the glass weight, wall slope angle, and diameter of the glasses brim.
Before we dive into our recommendations, remember that you may want to have a few styles around the house. If you are just starting to get into whiskey, check out the Bourbon Buyers guide in the video below.
Maketh the Man Art Deck Whiskey Tumblers
A high quality whiskey glass for which you will have very little complaints. Equally good sipping a bourbon or drinking a cocktail. Thick base and sturdy composition – it will feel solid in your hand. If the look doesn’t turn your off it is a very solid one glass solution.
- Solid glass for sipping bourbon straight or drinking a cocktail
- High quality glass
- Dishwasher safe
- Some people don’t like the design
Glencairn Whiskey Glass
A classic & elegant glass. Matches extremely well with the smoky and peatness of scotch – which makes since the shape is reminiscent of the nosing copitas used in Scotch whiskey distilleries.
- Maximizes the aroma of your whiskey
- Sturdier than you’d guess
- Only for sipping whiskey
BruMate NOS’R Stainless Steel Whiskey Nosing Glass
Although I want mark it as my favorite because it lacks the classic whiskey glass look, the NOS’R is easily one of my favorite glasses on the market. I have literally no complaints about it. Does a great job of keeping your beverage cool and the sturdy design make its great for summer evenings outside on the deck smoking a cigar.
- Durable – great for outdoors
- Accentuates the aroma of your whiskey
- Minimizes heat transfer better than normal glass
Final Touch on the Rock Glass with Ice Mould
My go-to glass at home for sentimental reasons. The indent at the bottom of the glass accentuates the affect of rolling ice in your glass and aerating your bourbon.
- Wide opening
- Big enough for a cocktail as long as you mix it in another glass
- Comes with iceball mold
- Thin glass – kind of fragile
Dragon Glassware Diamond Whiskey Glasses
The signature tilted glass allows for your whiskey to be aerated as your pour and swirl it. Has an attractive and elegant design, and you don’t need to worry about the glass tipping over even though it lacks a stand. The mouth s a bit small for those of us who prefer block ice.
- A pretty glass with a unique shape
- Dishwasher safe
- Cool to look at
- Narrow mouth – best for drinking your whiskey straight
- Mostly a novelty piece
Of the glasses mentioned, the Art Deck Tumbler by Maketh the Man is my favorite for its versatility, quality, and interesting design. You can’t go wrong with any of the glasses mentioned and they all have their place in your bar. For help choosing an amazing whiskey to pair with your purchase, check out this guide by Men’s Journal.