I'd read some posts on the differences when drinking from different kinds of glasses. So I figured I'd try it myself and see if one glass was better for tasting than another. I used the following glasses; a tumbler, wine tasting glass, Glencairn glass, a Ridel knock-off, and a small
Brandy snifter. Here are my notes, unscientific as they are. I poured 1/2 oz of 10yr Clynelish (Hedges & Butler) into each, had a couple of sips, and then added a spash of water.
The tumbler didn't do anything for the taste. In fact I could barely smell anything out of it. The only glass that affected the taste was the Ridel knock-off, that seemed to push the whiskey on to the back of the tongue. Since different parts of the tongue pick up different flavours, it makes sense that this might alter how the dram tastes when compared to other glasses. However, this glass did nothing for the nose.
The Brandy snifter, Glencairn, and the wine tasting glass all enhanced the nose. The wine tasting glass was the most powerful, giving a burning sensation in my nose. This glass was the best when the whisky was watered, the notes coming through loud and clear.
I'd have to say that my favourite was the Glencairn glass in that it concentrated the nose (but not too much), and it was easy to swirl the whisky. The only other consideration for me is to decide if you want your hand to warm up the bottom of the glass. Doing so probably changes some of the notes - whether this is for the better is probably an individual decision.
I'd be curious to hear what others use, or if it's even a concern!