As we grow older our tastes and preferences in life change with every surpassing year. Hopefully, this trends in the positive direction, though one can never be sure. Whatever the case, it’s obvious that these tastes in foods, clothing, lifestyle, and even politics all mirror our progression through our sordid and existential adult years; our taste for whiskeynotwithstanding. Moving through the motions of “borrowing” your Dad’s six pack to slamming solo cup after solo cup of college keg beer to graduating from bourbon and Coke to the finer things in life, enjoying a proper single malt scotch or small batch bourbon on a Friday evening proves you’ve grown out of the nonsense and into adulthood.
We can only hope that alongside your decision to ditch the Jack Daniels for something a bit more refined you’ve upped the collection of glassware to house these delightful drams as well, ridding the cabinet of your vacation shot glasses and plastic cups. A fine whiskey deserves a fine vessel that opens the banquet, allows for easy sipping, and moves you beyond the binge-drinking-infused blackouts of college. So if you’re wondering where to start in this venture, pull up a seat and pour yourself a drink out of your beginner’s cup for the last time. We’ve put together a list of the 20 best whiskey glasses that not only get the job done correctly but look damn good while they do it. I mean, isn’t that the essence the growing up anyway?
THE EXPERIENCE NEAT WHISKEY GLASS
Here’s one of the more unique glass shapes you’ll encounter. The Neat Whiskey Glass is lead-free and its shape helps eliminate nose burn from those harsher variants, allowing for an unadulterated tasting experience (hence the name). No wonder they’re recommended by connoisseurs.
GLENCAIRN CRYSTAL CANADIAN WHISKEY GLASS
Here’s a quality glass designed for those who thought Canadian whiskey didn’t deserve its own specific vessel. It features a wide bowl for a full appreciation of the blended whiskey’s unique color and a solid base that’s designed to be easy on the hand since you’re more than likely to have an additional dram from this handsome piece.
SAGAFORM ROCKING WHISKEY GLASSES
Suited to let you rock out after clocking out of the daily grind, each set of six rocking whiskey classes holds just under seven ounces of your favorites brand, build from thick glass to prevent breakage, and were developed by Swedish designer Roger Persson who ensures that even though they rock, they won’t roll over.
GLENCAIRN CRYSTAL WHISKEY GLASS
Built for tasting just under seven ounces of your favorite whiskey, the tapering mouth allows for easy sipping while the drinker captures the rich aromas from their favorite brand. Additionally, its wide bowl enables light to hit the whiskey at all angles, setting off its color in full force.
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.
WALDORF “MEN’S BAR” CRYSTAL WHISKEY GLASSES
No secrets here. Just a classic set of handsome whiskey glasses that are sure to bring the wet bar to new heights. They’re designed with stemware in mind from the Old Waldorf Hotel’s legendary Men-Only Bar and crafted from nearly one pound of lead-free crystal, holding up to nine fluid ounces.
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 24 percent 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.
SCHOTT ZWIESEL TITAN CRYSTAL GLASS
Time to bust our the aromatic bitters and the sugar. Each of these Old Fashioned-style glasses boasts a 9.5-ounce capacity and are made from Tritan crystal glass that resists breakage, chipping, and scratching. They’re completely dishwasher safe and won’t cloud or discolor as their life wears on.
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 125 grams 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 10 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.
WATERFORD MAD MEN DOUBLE OLD FASHIONED GLASSES
Honor the age when it was okay to start sipping once you arrived at work in the morning and not having a decanter full of bourbon in the office was sacrilege. These old fashioned glasses honor the mid-century lifestyle of Madison Avenue’s most influential ad executives. Each glass is deep cut and the heft of the crystal is obvious with each sip.
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.