|Item model number||8541917687|
|Product Dimensions||4.45 x 4.45 x 11.43 cm; 930 Grams|
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Glencairn Crystal Whiskey Glass, Set of 6, Clear, 6 Pack
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- Six glasses
- Transparent, lustrous crystal
- Winner of the 2006 Queen's Award for Innovation
- Short, elegant base stand
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Utilizing over 200 years of glass making knowledge, Stözle once again impresses all with this Glencairn whiskey glass. Winner of the 2006 Queen's Award for Innovation, the glass showcases a simple elegance that complements your favorite whiskey. It has a stylish, short base stand, and the glass is made of completely transparent and lead-free crystal, which brings an uncommon luster to the eye.
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By Belle on 19 September 2020
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Now, that said, when it comes to my own enjoyment of beverages, I'm very particular about glassware. I both love the material and appreciate what it can do for the senses. It all begins with the look, and the feel in the hand. Just as I like a delicate and tall fluted glass for a sparkling wine, I like a nice heavy glass when I drink spirits, just not something so overbuilt as to get in the way. For look a feel, I haven't yet found glassware I like better than the Glencairn for whisky. The heavy base lets it feel sturdy in the hand, while staying low on the table and letting you pick it up to look through the liquid without your hand getting in the way. The glass itself is elegant without being pretentious and overly complicated. In due time, I believe it will become far more commonplace and universally understood to be the unique glassware for whisky as recognizable as wine glasses are today.
Besides being very attractive and unmistakably a glass for complex spirits and not anything else, the tulip shape above the base allows for a nice quick swirl, and concentrates the aromas for when you want to stick your nose in the glass, a nostril at a time so you don't overwhelm your sense of smell. There is a way to do this without being totally awkward, although it might take a bit of practice. I also recommend relaxing your jaw and keeping your mouth open while you do this, just a little bit. Depending on your sense of smell, you may or may not smell things you never have before in your favorite whiskies, but it is undeniable that the aroma is stronger in a glass of this shape. As the sense of smell is so important to how things taste, I would say that Glencairns are worth it on that basis alone.
Drinking out of a Glencairn is not particularly social. You will be hard pressed to maintain eye contact with somebody across a table while you take a sip, which is arguably the biggest downside to a glass like this. The upside is that by breaking your eye line you are forced to concentrate more on the drink itself. The shape of the glass again aids in the flavor of the drink by directing aromas towards your nose as you drink from it. I won't pretend to know how the shape of the glass affects the flow of the liquid itself, or what, if any, benefit that might make.
There are other attempts at an "official" whisky glass out there. I will leave it up to you to decide if any of them are better at enhancing the whisky-drinking experience, but knowing a thing or two about glass and how it's made, I expect the Glencairn to ultimately win more hearts and minds. For one, it is a very simple design, lending itself to easier manufacture and greater durability. Two, because of that simplicity, it is and will always be cheaper, thus will not be so easily painted as glassware for snobs, driving adoption by "regular" people. I fully expect that the Glaincairn will be widely imitated, with perhaps minor future variations improving it slightly. Clearly the Glencairn is a winner, and does exactly what it set out to do.
Reviewed in the United States on 26 January 2018
The shape of the glasses is the same, and I can't tell that there are really any other differences, but it makes me suspicious of the glass quality. Unfortunately, I was giving these as gifts, and didn't have any time to get Crate & Barrel ones at that point. If I had to do it again, I'd probably just go with the C&B glasses that I know are genuine and high quality. I suppose there's a chance that these still are fine, but when you're buying these glasses, the details matter, so I'd prefer to pay a bit more to make sure those details are right, and the glasses are genuine.
If this does not matter to you, then functionally, I'm sure they're the same. I cannot speak to comparative longevity or durability yet, but will amend my comment if the people who received these from me run into any issues down the line.