An essential guide to glassware
Having a Single Malt whisky isn’t just about the actual act of drinking it. It is all about the experience. How the aromas lilt up to the nose and how the first sensation of the whisky teases the palate, to the lingering aftertaste that makes you want to reach out for more. A true connoisseur would agree with us when we say that a big contributor to this experience is the glass you use. Whilst we’ve got our favourite for The Great Indian Single Malt, we also have here an essential guide to glassware. Choose the best one to enhance your experience.
The Glencairn Glass
This is our recommended glass for enjoying any of the Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky experiences. Originally created by Glencairn Crystal Ltd., this glass was inspired by the nosing glasses used in whisky labs. Little wonder then that the narrow tapered opening is designed for a concentrated release of aromas. As you bring the glass to your nose, the many nuances of the whisky’s fragrances are brought into sharp focus. Moreover, the special design of the glassis perfect when you enjoy a Single Malt neat, or with a few drops of water – just the way you ought to enjoy The Great Indian Single Malt. The tapering mouth has another distinct advantage – it allows ease of drinking, which traditional nosing glasses cannot provide. The wide bowl allows you to admire the golden colour of the liquid. The thick base lets you hold the glass comfortably, avoiding transference of your body heat to the Liquid. On the whole, it is ideal for experiencing the complex beauty of our fine Indian Single Malts.
Copita Nosing Glass
Shaped like a tulip, this glass is very similar in appearance to a wine glass. The narrow opening of the Copita Nosing Glass allows for an intense aromatic experience. The stem, in this case, prevents the transference of body heat. And as with the Glencairn Glass, the usage of ice is not recommended. Most prominent distilleries across the world uses this glass.
Riedel Vinum Glass
Designed by Riedel after much research, the shape was honed with the help of Mater Distillers from Scotland. The glass is shaped like an elongated thistle on a truncated stem. The small, slightly upturned lip directs the Single Malt onto the tip of the tongue, where the sweet, creamy notes of a glorious Single Malt get their due emphasis. The design also allows the spirit to open up as it touches the palate. Again, usage of ice is not recommended for this glass.
While these are some of the choices of a connoisseur, the old-fashioned whisky tumbler is still used by many for tasting. We suggest you try them all, and pick your preferred glass. Or go with our recommendation, and use the Glencairn Glass to bring alive the elegant experience of The Great Indian Single Malt.