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Top Of The Best Sherry Glasses Reviewed In 2018Last Updated December 1, 2018
№1 – SET of 6 Russian CUT Crystal Shot/sherry Glasses on a Long Stem 60ml/2oz Hand Made
№2 – Crystal Goose TL40-1801, 2 oz. Sherry Liqueur Glasses with Greek Key Gold-Plated Trim, Old-Fashioned Cordial Liquor Gilded Glasses with Gilding and Floral Patterns, 6-Piece Set
№3 – Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Masterpiece 2-1/4-Ounce Liqueur, Set of 4
A Comprehensive Resource For The True Connoisseur
Standard wine glasses work well for most varietals, but some wines require the use of unusually-shaped, varietal-specific glasses to bring out certain flavors and aromatics. Photo Credit: Wikimedia CC user Patrick Kennedy
A classic wine joke goes, “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full, there is clearly room for more wine.” That may technically be true, but most wine experts would be horrified if you filled your glass to the brim with wine. Most wine glasses are specifically designed for swirling, which engages the flavors and scents of the wine; when your glass is too full, the experience is ruined. The wine glass you pick has a greater impact on a wine tasting than you might imagine. When wine collectors get wrapped up in the thrill of the bottle hunt, it’s easy to forget the tools needed to enjoy the wine when it arrives.
Wine glasses are a commonly overlooked part of wine collecting, and one that is shrouded in myth and falsehoods. Nearly every collector you meet will have a different opinion on what makes a good wine glass, but many experts agree on a few sets of standards.
Dartington Winemaster Sherry Glass
Sherry derives its name from the anglicised word Jerez the area in Spain where sherry originated.
Traditionally the Spanish drank their sherry from a copita glass shape which is still recognised by Sommeliers as the optimum glass to drink this fortified wine from.
In the UK we have traditionally used the Schooner Sherry glass to savour our Sherry, the rich sweet Cream and medium dry Amontillado sherries being the nations favourites.
Most Cut Crystal Sherry Glasses are simply a smaller version of the wine glass and tend to double up as Liqueur and Port glasses.
Ultimately the shape and design is a personal choice, you do not necessarily need a Sherry glass to match the rest of your glasses and we have Sherry Glasses of all styles to suit your taste.
Riedel Vinum Single Malt Glasses
I was given a set of Riedel Vinum Single Malt Whisky Glasses by my wife for a previous Christmas and I’m a big fan of the glasses. Riedel makes a whole line of glassware and their hallmark, at least in my mind, is that the glass is often high quality and remarkably thin.
From a design perspective, it opens up at the lip rather than closes in. Whereas the Glencairn almost focuses the aroma on your nose, this one doesn’t. The idea behind opening it up like this is so that the spirit “opens up” as it hits your tongue and lips. As a frequent user of the glass, I don’t know that much happens different if it “opens up” for the few millimeters before it gets to me!
What I do like about the glass is that it’s thin, so I don’t feel like I’m carry a bulky glass, and the opening is better suited for my nose. I don’t feel like I’m inhaling everything and so I don’t get an overwhelming nose, which I would get if I was too enthusiastic in sniffing a scotch in a Glencairn.
As was the case with the Glencairn, it’s best to avoid putting ice in this as it’s a more delicate glass and there isn’t really much room. On the downside, it’s more expensive than any other option here.
The NEAT Whiskey Glass
This is a relatively new entrant into the world of whiskey glasses. NEAT stands for Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology, which is hokey and terrible sounding, but by the shape of the glass you can already see that it looks the part.
Old Fashioned Tumblers
An Old Fashioned Tumbler is what most people think of when you talk about a tumbler (or lowball tumbler, as opposed to highball glass). It’s designed for mixed drinks, like the Old Fashioned after which it was named, and for enjoying whisky on the rocks. (Incidentally, an Old Fashioned is a lump of sugar, two dashes of bitters, ice, a lemon-peel, and a jigger of whiskey)
I don’t often enjoy my scotch on the rocks but if I did, I’d go with a tumbler. It’s the only glass where ice “feels” right and there isn’t much of a design here to accentuate any particular aspect of the scotch. I don’t think you lose anything from drinking scotch neat from a tumbler, the other designs just accentuate something that’s already there that you are getting anyway.
Buy Ravenscroft Crystal 10-1/2-Ounce Classic Double Old-Fashioned Glass, Set of (pictured)
The Glencairn, the Riedel, the Copita and the Tumbler are the classics when you think about whisky glassware. There are, however, a million other types of glassware and any one that holds a spirit you could sip near (brandy, bourbon, tequila, etc.) will have properties that make it suitable for drinking scotch.
There are also fun rocking glasses, like these Normann Copenhagen Liqueur Glasses. Rocking (or swirling) glasses can be fun but they always make me nervous, so my case just has the classics.
Susquehanna Glass Brandy Snifter Glasses, 12-Ounce, Set of (pictured)
A Brief Compendium
Like wine, many single-malt Scotches are characteristic of the region in which they’re made, thanks to tradition and a tiny bit of terroir. From the smoky Islay Scotches to the slightly salty and more obscure Cambeltowns, here are a few worth sampling…
The History of Murano Glass in Venice
Murano is a suburb of Venice dating back to the middle ages. The glass making industry attracted the finest glass craftsmen from the East – of particular note were the Syrian craftsmen.
The Murano story begins in 129when the glass making industry was moved from Venice to Murano for safety reasons – basically the kilns kept starting fires in Venice. Venice in that period was built of wood and fire was not exactly welcome.
Murano then developed into a rich village where many of the Venetian aristocrats build magnificent palaces.
True glass from Murano is made exclusively from silica extracted from the
Cogòli del Tesìn basin. It is world renowned as the purest and most crystal clear glass to be found anywhere on earth. Exquisitely made murrine are one of the most beautiful examples of the art of the Murano
Murrine are still made by hand, in the same way they were made in centuries past. The shear quality and work involved justifies completely
Tommasi has been making glass for generations. Quality is superb and prices reasonable (as Murano prices go). The factory is right in the heart of the Murano district. Contact details are:
Address: Tommasi & Figli, Murano – Museo, Rivalonga Conterie – 3014Venice Italy
Glass Murano will bring the best Venetian artisans to your home. They deliver worldwide and the quality of the glass is superb. Their site is a bit difficult to navigate but my advice is to persist as their products are invariably
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This glass highlights the rich flavours of sherry and ports. The perfect way to enjoy these fine fortified wines at their best.
The Vinum series was the first range of glasses designed under the characteristics of quality, affordability and wide spread distribution. The Vinum range still maintained all the benefits of a Riedel glass and proved to the world that the pleasure of consuming wine starts with the glass.
The Riedel family has been making fine glassware since 17Riedel utilizes state-of-the-art technology and intensive research and testing to produce the most sophisticated wine glasses on the market. Riedel glasses are precisely designed to enhance both the body and the nose of a wine, allowing you the most accurate experience of a wine’s character. The Finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. – The Wine Associate.
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Royalty and the clergy were not the only ones to enjoy whisky, however. The farming community discovered new benefits of the distillation process near the end of the 16th century. Both barley and oats were staple crops of Scottish agriculture, but due to their cold, wet climate, the long-term storage of grain was nearly impossible.
Since that time, a lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same. Just as in any field, new techniques and practices have created a greater variety of products, but at the end of the day, distillers are still in the business of turning barley and water into a tasty concoction.
Yoichi Year Old
Just as it might come as a surprise to many that Japanese whiskies are among the best in the world, it might also shock some to know that older is not always better and that blends can compare quite favorably to single malts in many cases. This 10-year-old can stand up to any other whiskey in the world. It has a head nose of fresh fruit and peat, but what makes it great is a creaminess that belies its age. The finish is clean and smoky, certainly befitting the experience that came before it. Made on the northern island of Hokkaido in the old Scottish tradition of direct-fire stills and aged in premium wood barrels, this simple and elegant young whiskey is a peaty masterpiece.
Nikka Coffey Malt
Distilled in the super old-school Coffey still, the Nikka Coffey Malt puts most of the old Kentucky bourbons that inspired it to shame. Rich and flavorful, it tastes very much like it would be at home in Kentucky or Tennessee, but a quick splash of barley adds a mature fullness the old Colonel never considered. The result is an impeccable whiskey, one with hints of the old South, but with a flavor all its own. Consider this the perfect lubricant for after-dinner relaxation and conversation in place of bourbon.
Hibiki 1Year Old
If you’re looking for a more complex whiskey, here’s the one for you. Aged in plum liqueur barrels, this multiple award-winning Hibiki can overwhelm some drinkers with the several distinct fruit combinations in its nose. But stay with it. From there, it’s a rich combination of fruits, cloves and a bit of sherry. And it comes to a close with an equally distinct finish that will make you want another sip. Be careful, though, you won’t get this one cheaply anywhere, but it’s worth the price, especially if you’re not exactly excited about the thought of your next glass of Macallan.
Hakushu 1Year Old
I remember that Car and Driver once called a certain Infiniti sedan “the Jaguar that Jaguar should have made.” You’ll get the same sense with Hakushu — it’s the Scotch the Scots should have made. It’s made in a forested nature preserve in idyllic northern Japan, which guarantees an unending source of pristine water, then distilled and aged using the most traditional method. It’s a no-nonsense whisky with no fruit or sherry overtones and a minimum of smoke, so it’s not meant to be sampled and discussed at length. But as a pure sipping whiskey, it’s hard to beat by anyone.
Nikka Taketsuru 1Year Old
While you might sip the White Oak blend with close friends, there are times you have to impress those who believe they know better. That’s pretty easy with this 1year old. From nose to finish, there are so many distinct flavors — even the least refined palate will find many, identifying oak and honey right from the start — that it will almost certainly create a long discussion in which tasters try to outdo one another. And, while they’re talking, you can enjoy the whiskey. But do not enter into a relationship with Nikka Taketsuru 1Year Old lightly. It is a colossal whiskey, one meant for sipping and savoring — and one that just might ruin you for others.
Nikka Pure Malt Black
This is another blend you’d be wrong to pass over. Bursting with a variety of flavors — varying from dark chocolate to coffee then to peat — it ignores the biases people have against blended whiskeys and transcends the price it can be had for. It’s definitely not a whiskey for noobs, though. The flavors that come through at the highest volume are all the heavy ones, peat, dark chocolate and smoke. It’s a perfect way to end a hearty meat-focused meal, but it’s not great for casual drinking.
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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 Sherry Glasses wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Sherry Glasses
- №1 — SET of 6 Russian CUT Crystal Shot/sherry Glasses on a Long Stem 60ml/2oz Hand Made
- №2 — Crystal Goose TL40-1801, 2 oz. Sherry Liqueur Glasses with Greek Key Gold-Plated Trim, Old-Fashioned Cordial Liquor Gilded Glasses with Gilding and Floral Patterns, 6-Piece Set
- №3 — Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Masterpiece 2-1/4-Ounce Liqueur, Set of 4