Whisky Magazine Issue 24
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There is no doubt that the glass you use has an effect on the appreciation of the spirit therein. Marcin Miller investigate further.
Why do we make life so difficult for ourselves? Why couldn't we just have one whisky and seven different glasses? That is what most people would have done. But no. That would have been too easy. This tasting featured seven different glasses and five different whiskies. This was done because we all know that different whiskies have different properties. Each glass will accentuate a given property. So if you only tasted one style of whisky in several different glasses, the only conclusion you could draw would be that you have found the best glass for that style of whisky. What we attempted was to see if any conclusions could be drawn about different styles of whisky in different glasses. Does that make sense?
Each of these glasses has been designed specifically for the nosing of whisky. The Glencairn Blender's Malt Glass was the only ‘ringer' as it is primarily intended for use in pubs and bars and, although developed with the help of many of the Scotch whisky industry's Master Blenders, has not been designed with the professional noser in mind. This exception appears in the line-up as it has been the
official glass of Whisky Live in London and Tokyo. As the only glass in the world with a Whisky Magazine logo on it, it would not have made sense to exclude it. Had the Glencairn glass appeared in a
tasting with other glasses normally encountered in pubs and bars – the tumbler and the dreaded Paris goblet – there is little doubt that it would have come top.
With the ben...