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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 both 24% Lead Crystal, Lead Free Crystal and Soda Lime Glass. The vast majority of glasses in circulation are of the Lead Free Crystal variety. The Soda Lime was discontinued in 2008.
In 2006 the glass was given the Queen's 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.
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.
A Glencairn Whisky Glass
From the makers site:
Champagne, Brandy, Wine... each has its own glass. Yet whisky, the worlds most complex spirit can be found served in anything from hiball tumblers to Paris goblets.
It's a bit like pouring your vintage champagne into a pint tumbler or your XO brandy into a shot glass!
Whisky is a drink to be savoured. Time spent enjoying the flavours on the nose are equally important as those on the palate. Raymond Davidson decided it was about time someone designed a proper whisky glass...
The perfect glass for whisky was created and left to mature for some twenty years at the bottom of a filing cabinet.
After adequate maturation, his sons Paul and Scott decided to take his design to the people who know best... the master blenders!
With their help and support they were able to take the glass around the world and promote it as the Glass for whisky, developed by the whisky industry for the whisky industry.
It's roots lie in the traditional nosing glasses used by blenders around the world.
The unique and stylish shape has been crafted with eminent care, to enhance the enjoyment of whisky.
The tapering mouth allows an ease of drinking not associated with traditional nosing glasses 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 can be found at every distillery in Scotland, Ireland, Wales as well as most in the USA. It has won accolades from around the world including the Queens Award, the highest award for business in the UK.
Importantly it is also beginning to appear in the places it was designed for... the bars!
It may have taken a few hundred years to arrive, but whisky now has a glass of it�s own... FINALLY!
I have used these glasses for a while now and am very happy with them. My wife even found me a set of glasses of the same shape but half the size that I use when doing side by side tests and want a smaller amount of liquid in the glasses. They are warmly recommended.