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How to choose a whisky glass

Pulished on Oct. 12, 2019

Do you know the difference for using different shape of cup to drink the whisky?

Some experts know the advantages, if you have no idea, pls follow me to broaden your horizon.

Using different shape of cups, its aim is to enhance the experience of drinking and nosing whisky.

How to choose a glass of whiskey 

There are three basic principles for choosing a cup:

The cup rim: it will directly be related to the contact with the tongue at the entrance of the liquor, which will affect the taste experience.

The change of cup mouth: the widen mouth: it is easier to collect the aroma released by the liquor, and to feel the intensity and impact of the aroma. The narrow mouth: it can weaken the impact force of the fragrance, and be more easily felt the constant change of the fragrance. It is the most important factors to choose the whisky cup.

The area of the cross section of cup belly: it greatly affect the area of contact of the liquor with the air and then affect the rate of oxidation of the liquor. The oxidation rate is fast, which will enhance the sense of smell and taste experience, on the contrary, the sense of smell and taste experience will be softer.


 Here are the most common whisky glasses:


How to choose a glass of whiskey

The standard glencairy whisky cup has a short base and a bulbous body shape which allows aromas to collect and be directed through a narrow rim.

The tulip-shaped glass(aka the copita-style glass, the dock glass)

How to choose a glass of whiskey

Its long stem prevents the drinkers hand (and its polluting smells) from coming too close to the nose, while its bowl shape concentrates aromas through the slightly narrowed rim. This is a glass suited to the true appreciation of the nuances of single malt whisky.

The snifter (aka the balloon, the brandy bowl, the cognac glass)

How to choose a glass of whiskey

Commonly used for brandy, it’s now very much a glass for the consumption of dark, aged spirits in general. They’re often designed so that, when held partially horizontal, the spirit doesn’t spill out.

The NEAT whisky glass

How to choose a glass of whiskey

It was perfectly shaped to direct harsh alcohol vapours away from the nose. This is a glass well suited for appreciation, but also for people new to the spirits category in general for its ability to negate harsh aromas. 

The whisky tumbler (aka the rocks glass, the old fashioned glass, the lowball)

How to choose a glass of whiskey

A timeless glass with wide rim, and a must have for any whisky fan open to the entire spectrum of the spirit's enjoyment.


Everyone's pursuit of the taste experience is different, and it's the best to choose the right one. If you want to find these popular whisky glass, just feel free to contact us and we will give you more choice for reference.