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Top Of The Best Glassware & Stemware Reviewed In 2018Last Updated February 1, 2018
№1 – Set of 4 Durable Margarita Glasses Elegant Party Margarita Stemware Glassware Set
№2 – Sorbus Under Cabinet Wine Glass Rack and Stemware Holder – 3 Rows Holds up to 9 of Your Most Delicate Glassware
№3 – Stemware Storage Chest for Up to 12 Glasses, White
On The Rock Glass With Ice Ball Maker
For those who like their whiskey on the chilled side, this rocks glass is the perfect option. Each set comes with a silicone mold that, when filled and frozen, forms a single solid ice ball that outlasts regular ice cubes. The glass itself also features a shape conducive for the ice ball, allowing the sipper to swirl with ease minus the worry of spillover.
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge
The warm whiskey burn can end up deterring many from enjoying one of the world’s finest spirits. Here’s a fantastic solution to that obstacle. The Whiskey Wedge is an artful way to chill but not water down the dram, as the wedge is designed to melt at a much lower pace than floating ice cubes.
Orrefors ‘Intermezzo’ Old-Fashioned Glass
Truly one-of-a-kind, each Intermezzo glass features a drop of color in the stem that distinguishes the glass from anything else you’re ever encountered. It’s made from crystal, is dishwasher safe, and designed by Erika Lagerbielke; add a touch of modern to the bar.
Riedel VINUM Whiskey Glasses
World-famous glassmakers produce this fine whiskey vessel that’s made of 2percent lead crystal for enhanced clarity, a capacity of seven ounces, and features a short stem and elongated thistle-shaped body in order to enhance the characteristics of the whiskey for every drinker’s enjoyment.
If you’re more of a dreamer than a doer check out these Matterhorn glasses inspired by the famous mountain in the Alps. Each glass is crafted out of crystal and looks quite impressive when filled with a dram of your favorite whiskey. And while you may never actually hike the famed mountain, at least now you can admire it from afar.
Get your hands on this glass that was just given the green light for production after a successful Kickstarter campaign. It’s a transparent, double-walled sipping vessel formed from a specific glass-blowing technique. The Norlan weighs in at 12grams and features a faceted base to eliminate fingerprints on the bowl.
Dorset Double Old Fashioned Glasses
Getting its name from the photogenic county on England’ southern coastline, each Dorset Double is composed of lead-crystal and reflects light in all directions thanks to the hand-cut fluting on the side of the glass. Pick up a set of these and any cocktail or dram will be presented in a fantastic manner. iittala Ultima Thule
Classy. That’s the one adjective that comes to mind at first glance. Its design produces a more translucent appearance for the glass and even though they may look too delicate to wash after consumption, you’ll be please to know each piece is dishwasher safe. iittala Aarne Double Old Fashioned Glass
Looking a bit like a shot glass rather and your typical Old Fashioned, the wide mouth facilitates a fuller sip capacity without any drip and the whole piece is made from mouth-blown glass, designed by Goran Hongell. Its mid-century design is one of elegance and simplicity, marrying it well with any number of fine whiskeys.
Library Hand-Cut Double Old Fashioned Glass
Suited for a cool winter’s night next to a warm fireplace, the rough-hewn glass makes this vessel a fantastic addition to your wet bar. It’s crafted from molded blown soda glass, boasts a hand-cut design, and comes in a set of six that also includes a shot glass, highball, wine glass, flute, and martini glass as well.
Ox Horn Double Old Fashioned Whiskey Tumbler
If you’re not satisfied with drinking an after-hours pour out of glass then look to this Ox Horn built tumbler. Built from ethically-sourced horns, it hosts ounces of capacity, is polished to a bright finish, and handmade in England. Easily a more macho option for those whiskey drinkers out there.
Blade Runner Whiskey Glasses
If Harrison Ford drank whiskey, which we’re sure he does, he would certainly own a pair of these Blade Runner glasses. They feature a square design with diagonal cuts at the angles and were modeled after the exact same tumblers used by Deckard himself in the movie.
The Lowball Machined Whiskey Tumbler
As a hard working individual you appreciate the time and effort it takes to get something done correctly. The Lowball was conceived with this notion in mind and is crafted for that special moment when the day is done. The interior features CNC Lathe contours to create a perfect hourglass snifter profile and the tumbler boasts optimized geometry so it fits perfectly in your hand.
How we picked and tested
There are plenty of product roundups but we found no pre-existing research on the best qualities of the humble drinking glass, so we did two things: We researched the materials glasses are made out of, and we called up an expert glassblower.
Zachary Rudolph, an instructor at the Bay Area Glass Institute, told us a great glass “can’t be too wide because you want to be able to get your hand around it. It should feel nice in your hand. It shouldn’t be too heavy and when you bring it to your mouth to drink, your lips should just fit right around the rim, and it shouldn’t get in the way of your nose. You also want a nice thick bottom so when you set it down it’s not going to slide off the table.” Many of us have probably seen a lightweight glass hydroplane across a wet table, so this makes sense.
Through research we also decided that a perfect all-purpose drinking vessel should be made of tempered glass, a process that heats and cools the glassware in a way that makes it more durable and break-resistant (read more about that here). And when it does break, it does so in a less dangerous manner than untreated glass, crumbling into dull bits (relatively speaking – it’s still glass), as opposed to shards. This is what a kitchen needs!
We narrowed down the field with these criteria and ruled out restaurant options, like these Anchor Hocking glasses, because no matter where you look for them they’re only available in packs of 32.
A thin-walled, thick-bottomed Schott Zwiesel bar glass was heavy enough to shatter a stone tile.
Duralex is the heritage brand; they’re the Pendleton, Filson, or Heath Ceramics of glassware.
Our favorite all-purpose glass is the Duralex Picardie because using it feels great. But it also has less abstract qualities that make it ideal tableware—it’s made of shatter-resistant tempered glass, it’s lightweight enough that lifting it isn’t a chore, it stacks in cabinets, and it fits in the dishwasher. In the pantheon of drinking vessels, Duralex is the heritage brand; they’re the Pendleton, Filson, or Heath Ceramics of glassware. They also happen to perform better than anything else out there.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
Glass can still break. After all, it’s glass. The fact that we can drop it, heat it, chill it, bump it, topple it, jam it in the dishwasher, toast with it, chuck it in cabinets, and pound it onto a table over and over again for years is kind of an everyday miracle.
The Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar glasses survived all but the most extreme of our drop tests and they are lightweight, dishwasher-safe, and extremely compact when stacked. In fact, they were our former top pick, but over time we’ve come to notice how important the extra attention to detail is on the Picardie.
You can verify your purchase by checking for the logo on the bottom.
Of the four glasses that survived the most extreme drop, two of them were from Bormioli. So if you have finished concrete floors in your house and bump this off a table, there’s a good chance it’ll survive.
The Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar glass hitting concrete from 4inches up.
Care and maintenance
Though we stress-tested our glasses, tempered glass isn’t meant to withstand extreme hot/cold temperature changes, so try to avoid abusing glasses that way. Porcelain and stoneware are better at handling hot liquids, so put your daily cup of coffee in those.
About Plastics and Plastic Care, Clearlyacrylic
Ask any cognac expert what glass you should use to sample the spirit and they will likely tell you the tulip glass. The design of the tulip glass allows the spirit to open up more than most glasses because of the large surface area. Its shape makes for the best way to get the most aroma as well, thereby creating the perfect sensory experience.
Also known as a balloon glass or brandy glass, the snifter is probably the glass you imagine when you think about cognac. This is definitely more commonly used than the tulip glass, but aficionados consider this to be the lesser of the two. It has a short stem and an extremely wide opening that gets smaller as you get closer to the tip. It’s designed to concentrate aroma and add to the overall flavor of the cognac.
If you don’t own any of the aforementioned glasses, don’t go out and buy them. If you already have a rocks glass, go ahead and use it. Nobody is going to judge you here. Plus, if you’re planning to make a cocktail the other two glasses wouldn’t really make much sense. A rocks glass is also great if you want to add some water or an ice cube to open the spirit up.
We won’t try and deny it, we are serious suckers for anything that’s slim and stemless. Drinking wine out of chic glassware feels and looks good. But unfortunately, these fancy glasses usually don’t come cheap, which causes us to opt for spending our money on a bottle of wine and some paper cups instead. So what’s a broke girl with sophisticated sipping tastes to do? Don’t fold and settle for the less pricey plastic, thick-rimmed set, because we’ve got nine alluring and affordable alternatives.
After scouring the available options for stemless wine glasses, we crafted a list of our top choices to keep you looking chic on a budget. Whether you’re in need of a true cup cut for drinking vino or a crafty water tumbler take, the gorgeous products ahead should cover all your stylish sipping bases. But, perhaps most importantly, each option will leave you with enough extra cash to buy a bottle and fill them up.
An inexpensive stemless option
Made from non-leaded crystal, these thin, lightweight stemless wine glasses are a great option for casual wine drinking. (set of eight)
For casual drinking, we recommend the Ravenscroft Crystal Stemless Wine Glasses, which were thinner and lighter than most of the glasses we tested in this category. Though they’re stemless, these glasses retain the elegance of traditional stemware because they are made from non-leaded crystal, have relatively thin lips, and are light weight. Our experts recommend these glasses when enjoying inexpensive but refreshing wines.
How we picked
We turned to our experts to find out which features they look for in the ideal wine glass, including the type and quality of glass, size and shape of the bowl, thinness of the glass and rim, stem length, size of the base, overall balance, weight, and aesthetics.
Glencairn Whiskey Glass
Made by the Glencairn Crystal Ltd, the Glencairn Glass was inspired by the style of nosing glasses that is in use in whiskey laboratories. This distinct design has a small, tapered opening which concentrates the aromas arising from the Scotch and gives the drinker a better nosing experience. These are the ideal for anyone who likes to drink their Scotch either neat or with a small amount of water added to open up the flavors.
The NEAT Whiskey Glass
NEAT is an acronym for Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology, and this uniquely shaped lead-free piece has only recently emerged into the arena of whiskey glasses. This product has been designed with science in mind, creating a large surface area of whiskey in order to maximize the amount of vapor evaporation to facilitate nosing.
Like many other whiskey glasses, the neck tapers inward to concentrate the aromas but then, more unusually, widens back out again to allow the diffusion of the harsh alcohol for a smoother drinking experience. This piece is pleasant to hold and can hold ounces of your favorite Scotch. This is the official glass used for the prestigious San Francisco Spirits competition, and so you can be sure that it is popular with connoisseurs. Although its appearance is a little strange, many people appreciate its unusual style.
The traditional whisky tumbler is perhaps the most iconic and recognizable of all whisky glasses, maybe because it is the type of glassware most commonly portrayed on TV and in movies. Although there are some benefits to choosing the classic whisky tumbler, it may not be the best choice when it comes to savoring all of the elements of your favorite Scotch.
While the shot glass may not be the ideal choice for anyone who wants to take their time over their Scotch and savor its unique aromas and flavors, it is perfect for those who want to enjoy a social event or bar experience over the oaky richness of their whisky. Designed to hold a small volume of liquid, these glasses have a thick base to withstand regular use and are perfect for slamming a bourbon straight, or any other quick pour type of alcohol.
If you like to drink whiskey in cocktails, the highball (or hi ball) is perfect. With its simple style and thick base, it is ideal for mixing drinks with its tall profile that gives additional space for extra ingredients and ice. Although the Highball may not be the choice of the average Scotch aficionado, it has a well-earned place among any Scotch glass collection.
On The Rocks With Ice Ball Maker
If you like to drink your whiskey chilled, this will be an ideal choice. Every set comes with its own silicone mold which can be filled and frozen to form a single solid ball of ice that will outlast a standard ice cube. The shape of the glass has also been designed to accommodate the ice ball perfectly, enabling the drinker to swirl their Scotch without having to worry about spillages.
Orrefors Intermezzo Blue
A truly unique design, every Intermezzo glass has a beautiful hint of color to its stem to set it apart from other types of glassware. Created from dishwasher safe crystal, these modern glasses have been designed by Erika Lagerbielke to bring contemporary class to any bar.
Dreamers everywhere will love these attractive whisky glasses that have been inspired by the famous Matterhorn mountain in the Alpine range. Made from fine crystal, each glass looks impressively attractive when filled with your favorite Scotch.
Whiskey Glass Old Fashioned
Perfect for sipping your favorite whiskey in style, these ounce Lancaster Steel old-fashioned Lowball tumblers were designed in Pennsylvania from food grade stainless steel. With their double walled design, they keep your hot drinks warm and cold drinks pleasantly cool for much longer than a regular cup, while preventing build up of condensation on the outside. These glasses also come with an impressive 100 year warranty.
Cristalleria Fratelli Fumo SET
This set of beautiful whisky glasses was made in Italy and makes an attractive addition to any collection. The heavyweight, crystal clear glasses are decorated with a 24K, double sided zig-zag pattern which was inspired by Versace, and which can be seen from both inside and outside. These tumblers are presented in a stylish hard-nested gift box which also contains a “Cristallaria Fratelli Fumo” pamphlet informing the purchaser about the history of the company. This glassware is an ideal gift for any birthday, wedding, housewarming, anniversary or graduation.
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Nothing spells celebration like flutes of fizz; yet I haven’t touched mine in years. I haven’t foresworn festivities or effervescent drinks – but like so many in the business I have been drinking my Champagne and sparkling wines from white wine glasses.
This way I can gorge on the lovely aroma and taste, and fully appreciate what makes those bubbles such a joy to drink.
Experts speak out against flutes
Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, cellarmaster at Champagne Louis Roederer, said: ‘Our Champagne style needs aeration to fully demonstrate its potential, so we often use white wine glasses. Some 2years ago we even developed our own tulip glasses, which were larger than the flute.’
Hugh Davies, CEO and winemaker at Schramsberg Vineyards, one of California’s foremost sparkling wine producers, agrees: ‘In making our sparkling wines we envisage a finished product that offers an extraordinary aroma, palate and visual impression.
Riedel, like other glass manufacturers, has also developed its own sparkling-specific glass within its Veritas series launched in May 2015.
CEO Maximilian Riedel tellingly calls the new glass, also with a diameter of 85mm at its widest point, a ‘Champagne wine glass’.
Nonetheless, Riedel continues to sell flutes in its range, despite received wisdom and the CEO’s own dictum. ‘We produce Champagne flutes as there is a commercial demand for them, especially from hotels and restaurants,’ explains Riedel UK’s managing director Steve McGraw. ‘However, our suggestion for sparkling wine would always be for the wine-glass shape.’
The influence can be felt across Europe. Jenny van Lieshout of Spanish prestige Cava house Gramona says: ‘We focus on long-aged Cava. To enjoy Gramona’s wide spectrum of aromas fully, we suggest the use of white wine glasses instead of flutes. In our tasting room we use Riedel Chianti glasses.’
Italy’s foremost traditional-method winemakers agree. Matteo Lunelli, president of Cantine Ferrari Trento, says: ‘I don’t think that traditional narrow flutes can deliver the perfume and complexity of a Trento DOC sparkling wine. I prefer large, tulip-shaped glasses, especially for vintage or reserve wines tasted with food. Flutes are fine for parties and toasting, but serving Ferrari Perlé in a large tulip-shaped glass immediately changes the experience.’
Restaurants ahead of the curve
Enlightened restaurants have already caught on to the new trend. Tobias Brauweiler MS, head sommelier at London’s Hakkasan Hanway Place, says wider flutes that ‘release more aroma’ are used throughout the Hakkasan group’s 1restaurants. ‘Offering a different type of glass not only surprises the customer but enhances their experience.’
At Medlar in London, head sommelier Clément Robert MS uses ‘a modern type of flute made by Zalto’, but prefers Zalto’s Denk’Art-Universal for vintage or richer styles. ‘It gives more aeration and allows you to enjoy the wine side of Champagne much better.’
The trend is not confined to Europe. Jordan Nova, restaurant director at wine-focused 131Main in Napa, California, agrees: ‘While the majority of guests are used to flutes, we have found that winemakers and savvy guests have begun requesting white wine glasses for Champagne.’ So next time you pop a cork, celebrate the wine as much as the occasion – in a proper glass.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Glassware & Stemware wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Glassware & Stemware
- №1 — Set of 4 Durable Margarita Glasses Elegant Party Margarita Stemware Glassware Set
- №2 — Sorbus Under Cabinet Wine Glass Rack and Stemware Holder – 3 Rows Holds up to 9 of Your Most Delicate Glassware
- №3 — Stemware Storage Chest for Up to 12 Glasses, White