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I purchased the Glencairn glasses with hopes there would be more information on the box as to just how to use the glasses. Are they designed for sipping scotch straight @ room temp, or are they effective if you add an ice cube? Just what is the proper way to use them? Thanks
on Oct 8, 2012
BEST ANSWER:This style is intended to be use when enjoying neat -straight up. We do offer the wide bowl Glencairn if you wish use ice or acrtic rocks.
These petite glasses were a gift to my mother, who really knows her scotch! She read about these in Wine Enthusiast & wanted a set. I looked on several sites & this site offers the best price, by far. The glasses are just as advertised, but be warned: they are quite petite. From the photos, I was under the impression that they were larger. This probably won't matter to scotch connossieur! They are probably the perfect size for experiencing all of the aromas and flavors in your favorite scotch.
Before ordering, I knew that these glasses were small. I did not realize how small the opening was. I like to smell as I sip but, as I have a big face and large-ish nose, this cannot happen. I have to tip my head more than normally to sip. Having said that, it does work well to concentrate aromas enhancing the sipping experience.
Having just returned from Scotland where I sampled some really good "stuff," these glasses are essential to really tasting the fine aromas and flavors of single malt. Makes a difference with Irish varieties as well. Don't just put your finest in an ordinary glass!!
If you drink your whiskey neat then these are the glasses. I have traditional used rocks glasses for my whisky but the glencairn glasses really focus the bouquet and provide a better overall experience. The only negative is that I wish they were a litle larger.
I definitely recommend these glasses. I was searching for them for awhile, after losing a glass to a cross-country move. I had them engraved for a going-away gift for my boss, and he loved them. These really do enhance the whisky-tasting experience, and were a big hit at the going-away party.
Although I am not a whisky drinker, my boyfriend enjoys single malt Scotch. After trying to come up with the a unique birthday gift, I came across these glasses. He absolutely loves the design and enjoys drinking Scotch from them. I've also used them for other beverages.
We recently hosted a holiday gathering among eight close friends. I served an Irish cream drink as well as an aged tawny port in these glasses. Even though these are marketed as "whiskey glasses," everyone loved them and agreed they worked well with what we were serving. All of the couples asked for ordering information. It's a beautiful and well designed glass. I will be using them for both old rum and single malt scotch servings nearer the holidays. Great purchase!
Delivery was prompt and the glasses arrived in perfect shape. However, this may have been luck because the box the glasses were in was in the corner of the shipping box with packing material only around the other 3 sides. One good bump and they would have been destroyed.
To thoroughly enjoy a great whiskey, you need the right glassware to enhance the inherent aromas. If you enjoy a good single malt or a distinct blend, then these glasses will improve the taste. If, however, you simply chug your whiskey, get a styrofoam cup!
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