We take our whiskey pretty seriously here at Gear for Life. There are few things we find more relaxing at the end of a long day than unwinding over a tall glass of scotch or bourbon, whether that’s neat, straight up or on the rocks. If you care about your whiskey as much as we care about ours – if you’re going to be drinking only the best quality whiskey you can lay your hands on, that is – then we firmly believe you need to be drinking it out of a serious quality glass. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of some of best whiskey glasses.
Why Get Special Whiskey Glasses?
There’s a reason whiskey-specific glasses exist. Drinking whiskey from a regular glass (or even a wine glass, as some people do) often leads to nose-burn, and even choking on the whiskeys’ aromas (or if you’re going cheap – fumes). But a whiskey-specific designed glass opens up the aromas, allows them to mix with air before hitting your noise – and giving you a full and rich taste. Smell is a huge part of taste, and if you aren’t getting it right – you aren’t getting the whole experience.
Another interesting thing to note: the shape of the glass can also effect how warm it becomes, depending on how you hold it. If you wrap your hand around the glass, you could actually find yourself warming up your whiskey before you’ve even taken a sip. And that’s not how whiskey is meant to be enjoyed now, is it?
Best Whiskey Glasses: Updated for 2022
There’s a great and nearly unlimited supply of whiskey glasses out there to choose from. A simple perusal could leave you lost – just like it did for us. That’s why, to make things easier for you, we’ve combed through them all…choosing the ones that stood out to us as the best-looking and most popular among reviewers. So pull up a chair to your home bar, and take a look at what we found.
The folks at Huckberry sure know how to pick’em…and their brand Whiskey Peaks is one of the coolest on their site. Each hand-blown, premium rocks whiskey glass features a different famous peak or mountain range. Everything from Mt. Everest to the Grand Canyon can be found from the popular brand.
One of the most popular glasses in connoisseur circles, The Neat Experience Whiskey Glass is definitely one of the most Interesting we saw out there in the ether. It handcrafted and mouth-blown, with a unique shape that’s supposed to help eliminate nose-burn and allow you to concentrate the aroma. This way, you get the full flavor and experience without having to choke it down (and miss out on all that flavor). They also advertise it as 100% lead-free.
This very popular glass was designed for one drink and one drink only: Canadian Whiskey. It has an exceptionally wide bowl that allows you to see the whiskey’s full color, and a large, solid base that makes it easy to hold. This design is also to help concentrate the aroma at the bottom of the glass, and then open up as the glass is tilted back – so you can truly appreciate the smell. If you’re looking for a premium glass for your Canadian whiskey, this is the one; reviewers love the wide base and ease of use. There is even a Maple Leaf etched into the bottom!
The On The Rock whiskey glass from Final Touch looks perfect if you like your whiskey chilled: it includes a silicone mold that creates perfectly round ice cubes. Larger and thus slower melting, this cube will last a lot longer than traditional cubes – so your whiskey isn’t watered down. The glass’s rounded shape and point are supposed to make it easy to roll the cube around easy without any spilling. That – and the classy vibe – are why so many reviewers love it – and why we think it’ll go well in any home bar.
Like Final Touch, the Corkcicle is designed to chill your whiskey without watering it down and ruining the flavor. That’s what the silicone wedge-shaped mold is for: creating large ice wedges that last much, much longer than traditional molds. Simply fill the glass with water while the mold is inserted, and place it easily in the freezer. When it’s ready to go, pull it out and pour in the whiskey of your choice; you’ll be sipping it in chilled refreshment way longer than you would be with regular ice cubes. Another reason so many people love it? They find the construction top quality.
This lovely and uniquely modern whiskey glass from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors has a drop of color in each glass stem – making it a potentially one-of-a-kind addition to your home bar. No two Intermezzo glasses will be the same. Designed by Swedish artist Erika Lagerbielke, we could see it bringing some modern, minimalist European design to the table. It’s dishwasher safe and made from lead-free crystal.
Why is this elegant and sophisticated whiskey glass called the Twist? Well, that’s obvious – because it has a sleek twisting aesthetic. They’re classy and handcrafted with top-quality; they even come with a fancy-looking gift box set. We think they looks just as good sitting on the shelf…as it does full of drink.
Looking for something a little more durable? This classic Old-Fashioned style whiskey glass from Schott Zwiesel is made in Germany from Tritan-crystal glass – a combination of titanium and zirconium oxide that is lead-free, tough as nails and as resistant to breaking, chipping and dropping as a glass can be. While we don’t have firsthand experience, reviewers have told tales of these surviving drops from the counter onto the tile floor – with nary a scratch. These promise to be sturdy, durable glasses – and we think they’re downright good-looking to boot.
If you’re looking for pure class and style with your whiskey glasses, we think you’ll like these. Made in Italy from “lead-free crystalline,” these high-end whiskey glasses are perfect for enjoying finer spirits on finer occasions. We could see them complementing your Scotch (or maybe even your brandy, if you dare to venture into unknown alcoholic realms). Reviewers love their beauty and elegance.