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Raise your glass!
08-14-2013, 05:22 PM
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Raise your glass!
I don't think we have discussed the concept of different glasses for different drinks, have we? I grew up in a family that entertained and so we had quite a few different kinds of glasses. I was always intrigued by them...the tiny liqueur glasses, pilsner glasses, white and red wine glasses, the old-style champagne "cups", etc. I pretty much accepted that they made a difference but latter in life as I began to drink I discovered that they REALLY do make a difference. In particular, when I learned about wine I saw how important glasses were. Most obvious was using a champagne flute instead of those old-fashioned cups or the stylish "trumpet" glasses. In a flute the champagne revealed its subtle bouquet and toasty highlights.

But my experience with Scotch and Bourbon really etched the importance of the proper glass in my mind and onto my palate. Like many, I have realized that the "Glen Cairn" glass properly focuses the aromas of these spirits and I have come to rely on it for consistency in critical tasting. I also use it for casual drinking. Recently, I was at a friend's house and I had brought along a small container of an old favorite Bourbon but he only had those typical "rocks" glasses...straight sides and a quite wide diameter. I was shocked at the lack of aroma and even the taste seemed flat. I was sure it had gone off but didn't say anything. A few days later I finished off the remainder of the container at home in my Glen Cairn glass and was stunned by how it tasted as I previously remembered it: delicious! All the usual notes were there; the nose was fully restored. It hammered home how important the proper glass is to the experience.

What really made me want to post a topic on this was when I recently read the more-or-less-monthly essay by one of my favorite writers. This chap tends to ride his motorcycle around when he is working and is well-know for celebrating the end of the day with his favorite Scotch. Perhaps you know of this fellow?

In his essay he once more mentioned drinking his Scotch from a plastic cup on the porch of his hotel. I was surprised because he clearly is a learned fellow and an aficionado of many things. My hunch is that when home he has a favorite and special glass. When I go backpacking I bring along a real glass Glen Cairn or a clever plastic version that is a bit lighter and less breakable. The weight is of little concern; I sacrifice so as to better enjoy my precious liquid.

To be clear, I admire this fellow and think the world of him; I am not judging him or lobbying him to change his ways...it is his life and his spirit. I do see his glass as half full! I just thought this little tidbit it was the perfect addition to a Thread about how we all see specialty glasses. We all are different and have different approaches to life, love, wine, and song.

So what say you fellow Grillers? Do you use a white wine glass for whites and a red or a balloon glass for the big reds? Do you have specific glasses for your rum, for your whisky, and for your vodka? Or, does any old thing suffice? I am curious so please weigh in with your experiences.

"I don't cook; I prepare things." My late brother Bill
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Raise your glass! - Nung - 08-14-2013 05:22 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - Sunset - 08-15-2013, 09:55 AM
RE: Raise your glass! - Nung - 08-15-2013, 10:14 AM
RE: Raise your glass! - Sunset - 08-15-2013, 10:32 AM
RE: Raise your glass! - Boomer - 08-15-2013, 11:15 AM
RE: Raise your glass! - smoker guy - 08-15-2013, 01:39 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - 2Beers - 08-15-2013, 08:04 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - Nung - 08-16-2013, 10:18 AM
RE: Raise your glass! - burma.girl - 08-16-2013, 01:05 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - Sunset - 08-16-2013, 02:50 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - Boomer - 08-18-2013, 11:34 AM
RE: Raise your glass! - Sunset - 08-19-2013, 09:16 AM
RE: Raise your glass! - VincentUlyssis - 08-18-2013, 03:27 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - smoker guy - 08-18-2013, 05:22 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - Phillip - 08-18-2013, 05:43 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - Nung - 08-19-2013, 01:59 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - JrGtr42 - 08-23-2013, 09:55 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - Nung - 08-26-2013, 09:50 AM
RE: Raise your glass! - JrGtr42 - 08-26-2013, 08:24 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - Nung - 08-27-2013, 09:37 AM
RE: Raise your glass! - Nung - 10-02-2013, 11:22 AM
RE: Raise your glass! - Nung - 01-02-2014, 01:43 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - Nung - 01-15-2014, 01:15 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - Boomer - 01-18-2014, 05:29 PM
RE: Raise your glass! - Nung - 01-20-2014, 09:47 AM

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