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Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby hook55 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:59 am

:D I have drank Malts out of ordinary glass and from Waterford crystal, and I think it takes better drinking from Crystal. Does anyone else agree with me? cause most of my friends don't agree! :?
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:07 am

I think it's best to drink whisky from whatever receptacle you prefer, that's when it tastes best. But glassware definitely does make a difference. Search and you'll the thread regarding glassware for more info.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby mattbuty » Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:08 am

Not too keen on crystal glasses personally. I like to be able to look at the colour and the crystal defracts light, and can therefore alter its appearance. Also I like to be able to smell and the mouth of a crystal tumbler does little to keep the aromas in.

For me the ultimate glasses are the glencairn glass. Rather like a tulip glass, they are very sturdy and great for appreciating the whisky to the full.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Wave » Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:59 am

I've used all types of glasses to drink my whisky from (even an old fruit jar!), but I agree with mattbuty, when I want to do some nosing and tasting of fine whiskies there's nothing better than that of a glencairn glass.


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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby hook55 » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:00 am

never heard of Glencairn until now? seen it on the web, looks nice but not available where I am!!! for tastings I use Riedel whisky glass.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Gov » Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:05 pm

hook55 wrote:never heard of Glencairn until now? seen it on the web, looks nice but not available where I am!!! for tastings I use Riedel whisky glass.



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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby jotter » Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:24 pm

hook55 wrote:never heard of Glencairn until now? seen it on the web, looks nice but not available where I am!!! for tastings I use Riedel whisky glass.



I personally think the glencairn is a terrible tasting glass. Don't get me wrong it is brilliant for nosing but its shape makes tasting a deeply unsatisfying experience. The Riedel is fantastic at allowing the whisky to hit all parts of the tongue as you sip.

Maybe that is an excuse to have 2 glasses? :dead:
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby mmelito » Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:50 pm

My 2 Cents,

Reidel single malt glasses are not my preferred glass, especially for nosing. However, Reidel produce a cognac and even better Armagnac model. These glasses have a very similar shape to the Glencairn glass, but made of quality lead crystal.

Personally, I'm good with the bottle and a paper bag on most days. :coffee:
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby jazz lover » Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:03 pm

MMelito love the bottle and paper bag analogy!
Hell,I think whisky taste best in a styrofoam cup.
But what do I know I'm from the south.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Ryguy » Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:51 pm

I use Glencairn, Riedel Single Malt and sometimes the occasional crystal tumbler. It basically depends on what I feel like at the time, or what I am pouring. I agree with Collector57 in that the Glencairn is better for nosing, but I definitely get more flavours when using my Riedel.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby hook55 » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:57 am

I will tell you what I do? when I first open a bottle I use the Riedel whisky glass for nosing and tasting, after that I use the waterford crystal whisky glass just to enjoy the whisky. :D very nice.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Muskrat Portage » Thu Jan 24, 2008 4:20 pm

I use a tulip nosing glass for tasting and when allowed to, (by Mrs Musky) use the crystal snifter or water glasses, for water. I just prefer the tulip glass for daily drams.

That being said, I have a couple of crystal tasting glasses from Nova Scotia Crystal that I pull out for special guests and I do like the heft of them. They are reserved for sharing with my closest friends.

We did a sampling a while back at a tasting, sampling three different drams with 4 different glasses (thanks again Ganga). We found each whisky went with a different glass better but that was totally dependant on the taster's preferences!

Does a whisky taste better in crystal? In all honesty, it's subject to each individuals' experience and preference.

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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby BruceCrichton » Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:40 pm

Wave wrote:I've used all types of glasses to drink my whisky from (even an old fruit jar!), but I agree with mattbuty, when I want to do some nosing and tasting of fine whiskies there's nothing better than that of a glencairn glass.


Cheers!


That's my recommendation. The Glencairn 'Snifter' glass is the right shape to catch the vapours and it improves the flavour of your whisky.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:57 am

Mikey:
Why the numbers on the shelves? (CO8 CO9)

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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby woodhill » Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:03 pm

Nice bit of furniture MM

Ganga wrote:I'm not sure that I've really found a difference between glasses made of different materials. To me it is the shape of the glassware.


I've found as long as its glass or crystal it's Ok but I can't drink whisky out of silver or other metal cups.
even Plastic can be Ok at a pinch.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby andyt » Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:55 pm

I also dislike drinking from metal cups but I don't mind the odd dram from a metal hip flask. :?
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Di Blasi » Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:42 pm

mikeymad wrote:Hey Musky,

It is my wine rack/table. Those are the column numbers. 1-12 by R(ows)1-9. And it is a two sided table. Calulating that out we end up with 216 bottles.

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Okay I am a nerd that has all the wines in a database via the barcode reader... you happy now? :oops:

Cheers,

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Oh the one in C10/R01 with no tag is a 1865 (yep) Armagnac...


That's just plain awesome mikeymad! Next time I'm in town I'll have to pay you a little visit! Good job! :thumbsup:
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby woodhill » Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:08 pm

Ok I've just smashed my third Ardbeg Glass I'm sticking to my Jamie Oliver Glasses
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Di Blasi » Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:07 pm

Thick stem, but cool looking. Looks like it would work well too.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Di Blasi » Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:27 pm

mikeymad wrote:
Di Blasi wrote:That's just plain awesome mikeymad! Next time I'm in town I'll have to pay you a little visit! Good job! :thumbsup:


Cheers Di Blasi... that is a long way but always welcome... :smoke:

Cheers,


(Yes, it is, but I spent most of my life in Los Gatos, and my folks are still there so I'm actually past due for a visit.)
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Muskrat Portage » Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:06 am

Mikey:
It is a thing of beauty you have developed there. I am impressed when someone is so serious about their collecting. I too have my collection in a computer but don't use barcodes as yet. Thank you for sharing the full picture with us.

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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby hook55 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:40 am

nice little setup you have there Mikeymad, but, if I was you get yourself a better chair, that one looks hard and not comfortable? glad to see someone else likes Fleetwood Mac :D
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Muskrat Portage » Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:49 am

Mikeymad wrote:Thanks Musky - "second to the right and straight on till morning"
Tink and I will be right along.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Di Blasi » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:10 am

Hey Ganga, it would be nice to do a California member tasting of some sort next time I'm out there!
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Ryguy » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:06 pm

Very cool setup Mikeymad. :D
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby lohssanami » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:13 am

mikeymad wrote:
Di Blasi wrote:Hey Ganga, it would be nice to do a California member tasting of some sort next time I'm out there!


Agreed, it would be easy to put together....

Cheers,


We might need two nights, a rented limo and a nearby hotel if enough people are up for it.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Di Blasi » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:29 am

lohssanami wrote:
mikeymad wrote:
Di Blasi wrote:Hey Ganga, it would be nice to do a California member tasting of some sort next time I'm out there!


Agreed, it would be easy to put together....

Cheers,


We might need two nights, a rented limo and a nearby hotel if enough people are up for it.


Starting to sound like the early stages of Whisky Live San Francisco!! Alright!
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby lohssanami » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:31 am

Since I've gotten into whisky, I see this year in a new light.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby hook55 » Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:25 am

OK! :D Last night I had Glenfiddich Solera and had it in a gin shot glass, just to see what it would be like? :P I was surprised that fine whisky did not taste like before when I drank it out of the Riedel whisky tasting glass. so the shape of the glass is important. :wink: But we all know that already? Just keep on drinking!! :smoke: 8)
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Muskrat Portage » Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:21 am

...and Ganga tries to bring another convert over to the dark side.
Hook - run while you have the chance!

Ganga had done a live tasting on the WM Forum a while back with a variety of glasses, so I tried it. Now I'm trying to remember which glass went best with which dram! It was very interesting to see the differences in nose and taste that each different glass type promoted in turn. So much so that I introduced the concept at our last tasting. It was well appreciated and lent a bit of science to what is normally our welcoming dram time.

Kudos to Ganga (again) for opening my mind to new concepts in whisky appreciation.

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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby hook55 » Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:59 am

:lol: Thanks guys for your input, had drinks with a friend last night. so I gave him the 2 glasses, the shot and the Riedel I did not say a word and just let him decide, he first drank from the shot glass he said it was nice and smooth (Glenfiddich 12y.o.) then tasted it from the Riedel. he said could taste more flavour drinking out of the Riedel. We have also had it from wine glasses as well, but so far the Riedel wins my vote. :thumbsup: :wink: :P It's a great glass for tasting.. :D
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby LeoDLion » Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:07 pm

Its definitely better to drink from a crystal glass! But not because it improves the taste but ...its just nice to be holding a Waterford crystal glass.

Better still is if you can get hold of a little cube of glacier ice into the glass. I was in Juneau, Alaska and saw a bunch of floating ice and wanted to get hold of a chunk but was not successful.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby UUNetBill » Wed May 21, 2008 5:02 am

mikeymad wrote:Okay I am a nerd that has all the wines in a database via the barcode reader... you happy now? :oops:


Thank God - I thought it was just my wife and I that were the scanner/database nerds. . .

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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby UUNetBill » Wed May 21, 2008 11:50 pm

Collector57 wrote:I haven't found a barcode database that has
more than a thiird of my malts in it!


C57 - if that's a problem, I'd be MORE than happy to take the other two thirds off of your hands for you!!

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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby cathach » Thu May 22, 2008 12:02 am

hook55 wrote::D I have drank Malts out of ordinary glass and from Waterford crystal, and I think it takes better drinking from Crystal. Does anyone else agree with me? cause most of my friends don't agree! :?


For the love a'Gawd make it waterford they're in dire straits and need the business
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