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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 Willie JJ » Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:27 pm

Is it better drinking out of crystal than glass?

I wasn't even aware that they sold it in crystal bottles.
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby mikeymad » Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:44 pm

I use any of about 12 different size and shaped glasses. I have several crystal. I have not found them better than any of the others in getting the beverage to my belly. But I must admit I do like the weight and feel of them. Regular glass can feel light and flimsy to me sometimes. So I am thinking about the glass rather than the beverage.

In General, I grab the Glencairn more often than most. Followed by the Ardbeg Noser (among others) and a Large Brandy (32oz).

Exploring glasses can be almost as fun as looking for new beverages. Sometimes you find some magical combos out there.

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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby mikeymad » Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:37 am

This is part of the set.

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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 mikeymad » Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:45 am

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:

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Oh the one in C10/R01 with no tag is a 1865 (yep) Armagnac...
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby mikeymad » Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:48 am

BTW.. good eye....

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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby Ganga » Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:12 am

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.
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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 Ganga » Sun Jan 27, 2008 5:24 pm

I should have specified that I was only refering back to the crystal vs. glass and not all materials (plastic, various metals, wood - yes wood, etc).
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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,

:D

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 mikeymad » Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:09 pm

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,
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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:

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(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 Ganga » Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:53 pm

Di Blasi, with a little notice, I certainly can try to journey northward when you 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 mikeymad » Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:14 am

Thanks Musky - "second to the right and straight on till morning"

The rest of it looks like this (you might have seen it before):

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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 mikeymad » Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:49 am

hook55 wrote: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


Thanks for the concern hook... You will be happy to know I have a very comfy office chair in here now (the picture is from a while ago).

I love to sit and sample in the middle of all my beverage. Whisky/wines/music. Great combo.

Good eye - that is a old program from the Mask tour.

Happy to share,
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Re: Is Drinking Malt out of Crystal better than Glass

Postby mikeymad » Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:55 am

Muskrat Portage wrote:
Mikeymad wrote:Thanks Musky - "second to the right and straight on till morning"
Tink and I will be right along.
Musky


:thumbsup: Just bring enough 'dust' for everyone... :angel: :insane:
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