Rosemary's Blog

Rose-tinted whisky glasses?

I think I was programmed to like whisky: my mother used to squeeze an orange for each of us every morning and we drank it from these whisky glasses (below left ). I had the shorter, squatter one and my older, taller and slimmer brother had the other! 

The traditional whisky tumbler is a much larger temptation: two fingers of spirit in these is considerably more of a drink than two fingers in the family glasses. I decided to stick with the smaller measures, especially after my first serious distillery trip to Highland Park on Orkney. At the end of the tour we tasted the iconic 12yo in these Glencairn Canadian whisky glasses (centre) which we were then given. They have become my favourite whisky glasses, preferred to the larger and much more widely used Glencairn official tasting glass ( below right).

A whisky glass should have a rounded base that you can nestle in your hand to warm the spirit, releasing the aromas. A tulip shaped lip then seems to keep these on the nose as you sip. The right glass, which is a pleasure to hold, is all part of whisky drinking for me. I would choose a whisky tumbler for a longer drink with a mixer - but I don’t drink whisky that way very often!

Many people say that a white wine glass will do the trick if you don't own an actual whisky glass - I think that's still a bit on the large side and would recommend a large sherry or port glass such as that behind the Canadian whisky glass.

A 25ml measure makes a decent splash in a small glass: if only I was so disciplined about small plates for my food!