While enjoying the Niagara Celtic Festival this weekend I came across The Glencairn Glass- also known as the Official Whisky Glass. Praised by my fellow scotch drinkers and Dandy’s alike as “the only way to enjoy whisky”, I decided to pick one up and give it a try…
Developed in Scotland after the traditional nosing copitas used in whisky labs, the Glencairn Glass’ shape is meant to allow ease of drinking whilst capturing the aromas on the nose. The wide bowl allows for the fullest appreciation of the whisky’s colour and the solid base is designed to be easy on the hand. Today the Glencairn Glass is used at every distillery in Scotland and Ireland. It has won numerous accolades around the world including the Queens Award for Enterprise (the highest award for business in the UK) and has been officially endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association.
While I still prefer to enjoy my beverages in a rocks glass with ice, I can easily see using this for special occasions or while enjoying a particularly expensive bottle of scotch. The smaller mouth on the glass takes a little getting used to, but it without question enhances the aromas. While smaller than a standard rocks glass, the sturdy base sat nicely in my hand and by the end of my drink I was quite used to it. All-in-all the Glencairn is a lovely addition to my glassware collection and if you enjoy Whisky as much as I do, I highly recommend picking one up.