M.R.J. wrote:Who would educate bar staff in USA and Canada when it comes to the use of proper whisky tasting glasses?
That's probably too much to ask. But being polite to customers is not. I know well that in most bars in this part of the world, I'm going to have to ask for a snifter--even in good whisky bars like L'Île Noire in Montreal--but I must say no one ever gives me a hard time about it. If they do, I'm fully prepared to give them a hard time right back. I do try to remember to ask for it before the dram has been poured into a tumbler. (Interesting that occasionally, after I've ordered mine, snifters pop up all around the bar.)
I think tumblers are preferred because they are sturdy and easy to wash. Given how often I am asked if I want my dram on the rocks, it's a reminder also that ours is still a fairly esoteric experience.
Pascal, let's have a pint and a dram this winter--I'll try to remember to pm you next time I'm coming to town.