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  • The Ultimate Guide to Drinking Glasses


    The party season is here. Now it’s time to get a drink and enjoy it but do you have the right glasses? 

     

    Are you drinking champagne from a cocktail glass or whisky from a wine glass? If so, you may not be enjoying the full flavour or effect that these drinks are renowned for. Here is our guide to drinking glasses:

     

     

    The Champagne Flute

    "I get no kick from champagne," Frank Sinatra sang - he obviously hadn't been drinking from these glasses. The tall narrow flute encourages the fizz to rise to the top, creating an experience that is sensational in both taste and touch.  

     

    Perfect for: Champagne or sparkling wine

     

     

    The Red Wine Glass 

    There are two key points to consider when choosing a wine glass. Firstly, make sure it has a stem, your hand transfers less heat to the wine if you hold it by the stem. Secondly, aroma is very important, so make sure you can fit your nose into the glass. A red wine glass should have a broader opening than a white wine glass.

     

    Perfect for: Red Wine

     

     

    The White Wine Glass

    Similarly to the red wine glass, a white wine glass should have a stem, to prevent the wine becoming warm too quickly and it should have a wide opening, so that you can smell the bouquet. White wine glasses typically have a slightly narrower opening than a red wine glass.

     

    Perfect for: White Wine

     

     

    The Martini Glass

    Whether you have it shaken or stirred, this is the martini glass for you. Once again, the martini glass has a stem to control the temperature of the alcohol. Drinks in this glass are traditionally not served with ice. The cone shape helps to keep all the components of the drink contained and maintains the temperature.

     

    Perfect for: A Martini, Strawberry Daiquiri or a Cosmopolitan

     

     

    The Whisky Glass

    With rocks or not, this whisky glass looks great in every setting. This glass can house cubes of ice and there is still plenty of room for the spirit in question. It also has a wide opening so there is space for you to truly smell the aroma. 

     

    Perfect for: Whisky on the rocks or an Old Fashioned

     

     

    The Snifter Glass

    Whether you are indulging with friends or alone, this glass will make sure your drink goes down smoothly. The rounded bulb of the glass is designed to be cupped in the hand, which then warms up the glass, releasing the flavour of the drink. 

     

    Perfect for: Whisky or Cognac 

     

     

    The Port/Sherry Glass

    These glass are smaller than the other glasses as fortified wines are typically sweet and drunk in small quantities. The small size prevents the sweetness becoming overpowering and enables the more complex flavours to be enjoyed.

     

    Perfect for: Port or Sherry

     

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