The German glassware company Riedel is renowned for its whiskey glassware and was the first glass manufacturer who considered the design and shape of a glass, and the effect that design and shape had on the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of wines and spirits.
In the post war period, various glassware companies started to produce glasses which were a design revolution.
Thin-blown, innovative shapes such as bowls, large stems, and unique bases.
Increasingly those glassware companies also took into consideration the view of experienced tasters when coming up with new glass designs.
They discovered that the enjoyment of wines and spirits, including whiskies, was enhanced by the right glass and a beautiful design.
Thus, some innovative and very different sizes and shapes started to become availableIt is clear, that together new design shapes of whiskey glassware with a favourite whiskey, will take the pleasure to a new level.
You don't need to be a whiskey connoisseur to appreciate the difference that a good quality glass can make.
When developing a glass, the quality whiskey glassware companies use design ideas that are not born on a drawing board, but shaped by trial and error with the help and support of the world's greatest palates.
A person interested in whiskey is led by taste, colour and bouquet, but in the past the glass was not considered as an instrument to convey the message of the whiskey.
Over the years Riedel who make some of the world’s best whiskey glassware, acquired some interesting scientific explanations as to why the shape of a glass can influence the bouquet and taste of an alcoholic beverage.
The first discovery was made while enjoying wine. The same wine displayed completely different characteristics when served in a variety of different glasses. The differences were so great that experienced connoisseurs were made to believe that they actually tasted different wines.
The origin and style of whiskey are some of the key elements in determining the relationship between the alcohol and constituent parts of the whiskey.
Whiskey drinkers began to agree that good quality Whiskey glassware available in the innovative new shapes and sizes, enhanced the enjoyment.
The traditionalists however, still believe that a glass with a bowl is the best choice. The bowl allows the whisky to be swirled around inside the glass and the resulting aroma can be enjoyed the most.