Hi Jeremy! Whereabouts are you? I notice you joined the forum in 2004, and there is about a year-and-a-half gap between your sixth and seventh posts. I wish it to be noted to the other members that not everyone from Massachusetts runs on like I do. (But I'm tired of picking up your slack, man....
By all means search the archives, as Admiral suggests, but don't be surprised if this thread gets a fair amount of response--it's one of those topics we all love to yak about repeatedly. I've never used a Riedel glass, but my thoughts on it are similar to Admiral's. As well, they're rather expensive, and look as though they are made of soap bubbles--I feel quite sure they would not last long on my desktop. The Glencairn glass is well liked by many, and is tough, besides--I've seen one bounce on a wooden floor (Ron!). It's possible to break one (Mr T!), but it's not easy. They were designed with bar trade in mind. I would wish the base were a little squatter and broader for added stability, but that's a quibble. Some complain that they are a little thick for hand-warming, but I have found no great problem with that.
I generally prefer a midsize snifter. I have a nice pair of them here at home (bequeathed to me by the fellow who bounced my Glencairn on the floor, so I guess I can't complain). These are ideal in my mind, as they are quite broad at the bottom, so that there is a large surface area of whisky to give off vapors, and there is a lot of space in the glass to accumulate them. A feature of these particualr glasses that I like is that they are relatively flat on the bottom of the bowl, with no dimple inside.
A lot of bars I've been in serve malts in inappropriate glasses, but they almost all have snifters, and in that circumstance I always request one.
I would like to have a glass shaped like a snifter bowl--perhaps even a bit broader and flatter on the bottom, but no thicker--without a stem, but with three very small feet for stability. I think that would be my ideal, althought the stem on a snifter does make it easier to pick up.