Types of whiskey glasses

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Types of whiskey glasses
Whiskey hits the rocks in a tumbler. (whiskey image by Igor Normann from Fotolia.com)

Whiskey, unlike libations such as beer and wine, doesn't require a large array of bar glasses suited for it. The glass you use for whiskey depends on how you plan to drink it: Do you want to sip, savour or take a shot? Quality also plays a role in choosing a glass. You might swallow regular and low-quality whiskeys quickly with a chaser, but a high-quality whiskey deserves a glass that showcases its traits.

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The whiskey tumbler or highball is a glass with straight sizes and typically holds 227 to 284gr. Use it to serve Scotch, Irish, bourbon or other whiskey straight or with ice (on the rocks) or for mixed drinks containing whiskey, such as a Manhattan or a bourbon and cola.


Tulip-shaped and Glencairn glasses have a round bottom that becomes narrower before fluting out slightly at the top. Glencairn glasses are especially tall; connoisseurs of Scotch whisky use such glasses to savour the full aroma and taste of aged single-malts.


The snifter is similar to the tulip but is wider and shorter and features a brim that is not fluted. The aroma of the whiskey collects high in the bowl, enhancing the flavour. Like the tulip and Glencairn, a snifter appeals when you're sipping a whiskey worth savouring.

Shot Glass

Shot glasses vary in shape but typically hold 29.6 to 59.1ml of liquor, to be consumed in one swallow. Drinkers often follow a shot of a lower-quality whiskey with a lighter chaser, such as beer or water, covering the taste of the shot. You also can sip from a shot glass.

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