Smarmy bartender: No it's not.
But when I don't feel like training the bar staff for free, I get straight to the point.
I'll have the Macallan 18, neat, with a small glass of room temperature water on the side.
If you don't have a whisky tasting glass. I'll have that in a brandy snifter. Thanks
You'd be surprised at the street-cred you'll get from a good bartender when you know how to order.
But more importantly you'll experience Scotch the proper way,
with a glass that allows you to aerate the whisky, a glass that concentrates the bouquet,
and a glass that makes it tough to fit an ice cube into.
Treat yourself and friends to a nice single malt served, the PROPER
way, in a Glencairn Glass.
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Wikipedia Article - Glencairn Whisky Glass
The Glencairn Glass is a style of whisky glass developed by Glencairn Crystal Ltd, Scotland.
Originally designed by Raymond Davidson, Managing Director. The shape of the glass is derived
from the traditional nosing copita used in whisky labs around Scotland. The glass design was
concluded with the aid of Master Blenders from five of the largest whisky companies in Scotland.
The glass first came into production in 2001 and since then it has been supplied almost
exclusively to the whisky industry, with only a limited number of bars, restaurants and retailers being supplied.
The glass is approximately 115mm in height and is available in Lead Free Crystal, (This is what "Cobhthaigh Celtique" has available).
In 2006 the glass was given the Queens Award for innovation.
The Glencairn Glass differs from other glasses in that it is was designed entirely for whisky.
Old fashioned Tumblers and nosing copitas are the two glasses most commonly used for drinking whisky.
Old fashioned tumblers are manufactured around the world and are commonly used to serve whisky
'on the rocks', meaning whisky over ice. Some of the most expensive whisky old fashioned tumblers
are manufactured by Waterford Crystal.
Nosing Copitas are small tulip shaped glasses with a long stem. These are designed specifically
for nosing spirits not for tasting. Master Blenders nose each whisky and often do not even taste the whisky. Whisky Nosing Copitas are in fact based on sherry nosing copitas.
The traditional style of whisky glass is a cut crystal old fashioned whisky tumbler. This iconic
style of glass remains the most commonly associated style of whisky glass. This style of glass
does not however enhance the whisky by any means. The wide straight bowl and mouth does not focus aromas and detracts from the appreciation of any flavours.
There are numerous styles of Glasses available that are designed to enhance the appreciation of
whisky. The Glencairn Glass is the first style of glass to be endorsed by the whisky industry and
members of the SWA (Scotch Whisky Association) and used by every whisky company in Scotland.