Every whiskey wants a great review - from wherever it comes from. This one comes from the team at www.rarebird.com
And whether those tasting find your favorite whiskey or bourbon to be top shelf or not, you'll know you gave it your best shot when you serve it in America's favorite whiskey glass - the Glencairn Glass.
Think it's too warm to drink your favorite whisky right now? All your friends remind you that Scotch Whisky is for the colder months? Well, it's true there are few things better than a great Scotch Whisky on a cold winter's evening. But, like most things in life, there are few absolutes.
Summer sipping of your favorite Scotch can definitely be a treat. Sort of like meeting up with an old friend - a friend that you've been possibly missing a bit. Here are 7 "old friends" for you to catch up a bit with:
Now, just remember to serve your old friends well - with the greatest whisky glass, the Glencairn Glass. And when you do, remember to say Happy Birthday!
During this 20th Anniversary year of the Glencairn Glass, we thought it only proper that we provide a certain level of "guidance" on how to use the glass for maximum whisky enjoyment. Here are 5 steps for making sure you are getting the most from this uniquely and specifically-designed whisky glass:
Is your whisky pale gold, deep gold, copper or rich amber in colour?
How to use
This indicates the type of cask in which the liquid has been matured.
Which aromas do you recognise when you nose your whisky – is it smoky, fruity, chocolatey…?
How to use
Give it time; the scents change in the glass all the time. Add a drop of water -The amount is up to you (but enough to remove any prickle or burning sensation felt on the nose) – and sniff again. Has the spirit opened up or closed down?
Does your whisky have a light, medium or full body?
How to use
As you swirl the whisky in the glass does it cling to the sides and do the “legs” slide down slowly or quickly? Thick, slow running “legs” indicate a more dense texture; whilst thin fast moving “legs” suggest the opposite. Both are good!
Which characteristics do you notice when you taste the whisky?
How to use
First, sip the whisky without adding water. Identify the balance of ‘primary tastes’ – sweet (on the front of your tongue), salty and acidic (at the sides) and bitter or dry, spicy and smoky (at the back). Then add a little water. This makes it easier to hold the liquid in your mouth for longer and further explore its taste. If you can resist temptation and leave a little liquid in the glass for 20 minutes or so, return to nose and taste to explore how the flavour has developed.
Does the flavour remain for a long time or does it disappear quickly?
How to use
Whiskies from the Glencairn Glass are best enjoyed neat or with a little water. Consider whether the flavours linger, slowly change or disappear quite quickly.
It's true, our favorite whisky glass celebrates its 20th birthday this year and there's lots to celebrate! From the story behind the glass and interviews with Distillers to podcasts with Glencairn Crystal Founder Raymond Davidson and a few fun facts and figures, we'll be bringing you lots of great Glencairn Glass information throughout the remainder of this very celebratory year.
Our first step is a link to the story behind how the world famous Glencairn Glass came to be:
We hope you will enjoy the journey!
While this video has a couple of years on it, the great story of the Glencairn Glass remains.
And, of course, Stolzle is the exclusive producer of the Glencairn Glass for the Glencairn Company in East Kilbride, Scotland and distributed throughout the world. We have the exclusive distribution rights for the hospitality segment throughout North America, along with our partner RAK USA.
Well done, Richard!
Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Names Stolzle- made Glencairn Glass It's Offical Tasting Glass
From the Distilled Spirits Council of The United States comes great news for the famed Glencairn whisky glass and the company that produces them – Stolzle Glass of Germany. According to the Council, Glencairn continues to go from strength to strength Stateside this year.