In the long and illustrious history of whisky there has never been a single definitive glass that the whisky world could call its own. Brandy, champagne, wine and beer all have their own distinct glasses. Yet Whisky, the world’s most complex spirit, can be found served in anything from Rocks tumblers to Paris goblets. Until the Glencairn Whisky Glass came along.
Raymond Davidson of Glencairn Crystal took it upon himself to design a glass specifically for the whisky drinker. He envisioned a glass similar to a traditional sherry nosing copita that would encourage the user to appreciate the ‘nose’ of the whisky as well as the palate but would be robust and functional in a bar environment.
Eventually the glass was brought to the attention of the Master Blenders of the Scotch Whisky Industry. With their guidance and expertise the glass evolved into its current form. The size and shape was perfected to accommodate a 35ml pour, allowing for addition of water but keeping an optimum amount of liquid in contact with air to allow the aromas to develop.
The tapering mouth of the Glencairn Whisky Glass allowed for an ease of drinking that was not associated with a copita, whilst capturing the all-important aromas. The wide crystal bowl enhances the appreciation of the whisky’s colour whilst the solid base is designed to be easy in the hand but robust enough for the discerning regular whisky drinker.
The time and effort put into development was rewarded in 2006 when the Glencairn Glass won The Queen’s Award for Innovation. Available singly or in a double pack.