Re: My perfect nosing glass
As a newcomer to whisky, I'd not thought too much about glassware, and had been drinking out of Glenmorangie tumblers which came with a Glenmorangie 10yo I bought as my first whisky. They had the name of the whisky on it, they must be perfect for it, right? HA! After doing some reading the other day, I thought 'what the hell, everybody says glassware makes a big difference, try it'.
Last night I grabbed a small wine glass (well, standard size for a bar), and poured a Macallan Fifties. The difference was incredible! Much sweeter and more homogenous both on the nose and to taste. Like the alcohol had been turned down somewhat, allowing other characteristics to come through. I followed this with an Aberlour A'bunadh that was quite intimidating in a tumbler, where alcohol was the overriding impression on the nose, enough to make me recoil a little. But in the wine glass, this was greatly diminished, again bringing out more of the fruit characteristics. Whiskies I previously enjoyed, suddenly I was in love with.
I could not believe the difference. I had to stop myself from trying every other bottle in my collection, to see the difference and see if I enjoyed them even more than I had previously. That will be tonight's task...
Thanks for this thread.
Andrew (who is about to order some Glencairn glasses from a source in Australia...)