By Ardith Stephanson
Whether you’re a long-time connoisseur of whiskey, or just taking your first few sips into the enjoyment of fine spirits, having the right glassware is key to truly experiencing your drink.
Whisky can be enjoyed in a variety of glasses, and unlike wine, you don’t have to use different glasses for different types of whiskey. Whether it’s a malt whiskey from the rejuvenated whisky business in Tasmania, a traditional Scotch, a Canadian rye or a smooth bourbon, having a glass that you love is part of the experience.
We’re here to help with 7 reasons to drink whisky from a proper whisky glass.
1. Respect The Art Of Whiskey Making
2. Size Matters
A whisky glass is often called a lowball glass or a tumbler. It’s essentially a short glass with a wide base and mouth.
The ideal capacity is about 10 ounces or 300 millilitres. This is the perfect size for a couple of whisky stones or an ice ball.
It’s also best to enjoy a smaller drink of whiskey to the fullest, than to pour a big drink that gets watered down by too much ice, water or other mix.
3. Shape Matters
The short tumbler with a thick bottom and wide brim allows you to enjoy the aromas of the whiskey whether it’s neat, on ice or in a cocktail.
Thinner, smaller glasses can struggle to support ice or further uses beyond just drinking whisky neat.
4. Turn Your Whisky Into A Cocktail
A tumbler or lowball glass is also sometimes referred to as an "Old Fashioned" and is ideal for making cocktails... such as the whiskey-based Old Fashioned itself or even a Whiskey Sour.
In fact, the Old Fashioned needs to be served in a lowball tumbler, because it plays off the natural flavours or whisky, rather than overpowering them with mix.
And, that’s not to say you can’t use your whisky glass for other spirits too. Cocktails like a Black Russian, or even a gin and tonic can be mixed into your new glassware as well.
The wide and robust base of a tumbler glass also makes it strong enough and big enough for muddling or mixing ingredients.
All Van Daemon glasses can support any spirit-based beverage from a whisky neat to a mojito. Now that's versatile!
5. Keep Your Whiskey Cool
The best whiskey glasses have wide and thick bases. There are a few reasons that make this ideal.
First, if you do enjoy your whiskey on the rocks, the thick bottom will keep your whiskey cold longer, and prevent the ice from melting quickly. The same holds true if you prefer whiskey stones, because glass is a bad heat conductor so the whiskey will stay cold longer.
A wide opening also allows you to easily fill it with ice.
6. Protect Your Whisky In Lead-Free Crystal
You should make sure that you choose a whiskey glass made with lead-free crystal. There is a chance that lead can leach into your whisky, so lead-free glassware, including glasses and whiskey decanters, are the best choice.
All Van Daemon glassware is made from high quality lead-free crystal. The clarity is also excellent so you can enjoy the colour of your beverage as well.
7. Tumblers Are Easy To Hold
It’s true that holding a tumbler may be a change for those who are used to thin, tall highball glasses, or wine glasses with a stem.
But the fact is, a classic whiskey glass like the popular Van Daemon Tasman Twist fits nicely in your hand, with a heft and design befitting the finest whiskey.
At this point, it’s all about your preferences and tastes. Choose a tumbler or lowball whisky glass that will make a statement and prove that you're a true whisky lover.
When you choose Van Daemon Glassware, you get 100% lead-free crystal, with a heavy base that provides substance and heft. Glassware is shipped in a presentation gift box, ensuring it arrives in pristine condition and allowing you to store or move your glassware if necessary. As a bonus, they are all dishwasher safe.
Van Daemon glasses are also a conversation piece in that they’re inspired by the “New World” spirits that originate in Tasmania, blending old fashioned design with contemporary touches.
Choosing the right whiskey glass will ensure you can fully enjoy your whisky, any other spirit, a cocktail, or even a glass of water in style.
Ardith Stephanson is a freelance writer and communications professional who has some fun with her blog www.theardizan.com