Glasses are essential to our table, be they for water, wine, or cocktails. Not all glassware is created equal and all glasses serve different purposes. Drinking glasses are important for tasting, in addition to their visual appearance. The shape and size of the glasses can impact the development of aromas as well as the sensations that are felt on the palate.
The martini glass’s history
Because of its distinctive shape, the martini glass is now synonymous with sophistication and style. This can be attributed to James Bond, the British secret agent.
This glass was created in the 19th century. It was originally called “cocktail glasses”. It became extremely popular during the 1920s in America when Prohibition was in effect. But it is most notable for its unique style. To reflect the Martini cocktail, this unique glass was later classified as a “martini” glass.
This type of cocktail has many benefits, and the martini glasses offer many advantages. Because of its small size, it is ideal for drinking strong alcoholic drinks. The long stem provides thermal insulation and is another advantage. The long stem encourages gripping that does not alter the temperature of your cocktail. The glass’s wide rim diffuses aromas effectively and the large surface area creates tension within the glass, which allows for the best possible release of the spirit bouquet.
Champagne tasting: The flute and the goblet
Legends tell us that champagne glasses were inspired by Marie Antoinette’s bosom, Queen of France under Louis XIV, or the Countess de Pompadour who was an aristocrat, and mistress to King Louis XV. The champagne glass we know today was actually created in England in 1663. This is a century before the French aristocrats.
The goblet, a special type of drinking glass, allows carbon dioxide to escape faster. This is an ideal effect to reduce bubbles in drinks. The glasses have evolved with the changing times and customs.
In the 1930s, the champagne flute was first introduced. Wine lovers felt that this narrower drinking glass was better suited for the taste of champagne at the time. It was also more suitable for a wine tasting than the standard glasses of the past. Because the flute has a smaller surface area, it reduces bubble loss and enhances the drink’s aromas.
Today, the shape of the flute continues to evolve towards a more rounded shape that is closer to traditional wine glasses, also known as tulip glasses.
The cognac glass has a long history that dates back to Ancient Rome
The cocktail bitters cognac glass is a special type of drinking glass shaped like a balloon on a short stem. It has evolved over time to be more compatible with cognac and provide a better tasting experience. The shape of the cup has changed to give it a better grip. This allows for the beverage to be warmed to release maximum alcohol and aromas. It was used in its original form since Roman times and is an improved version of the cup that was popular at the time.
Round glasses allow for deep inhalation and tasting of the liquor. This shape is great for stimulating the senses. This is why the old drinking glass is still used to taste brandy, Armagnac, and Cognac.
Connoisseurs may prefer to taste in a tulip cup, which is smaller and more flared at its top. This allows for a sharper tasting of the aromas. Its high stem also prevents cognac from heating up in your hands when it is held in your hand. This is why it should always be kept at room temperature. The glass’s round shape allows for excellent aeration and intensifies the aromas at its top.
The Glencairn glass is specifically made for the whisky
Glencairn glasses are a popular choice among whisky drinkers. It was only created in 2001, by the Scottish-based company Glencairn Crystal Ltd. It was created to be used for whisky tasting. According to Glencairn’s director Raymond Davidson, it was time to make a glass suitable for whisky tasting available to the public.
It is very similar in shape to the Nosing glass (a tulip-shaped glass) that was used in Scotland’s whisky labs. The design of the Glencairn glasses was completed with the assistance of master blenders representing the five largest distilleries in Scotland. The glass’s easy-to-use design allows aromas to easily travel to the nose while tasting. The whisky’s solid, the wide base makes it easy to handle. Its rounded shape allows for good air circulation and allows you to see the color of the whisky clearly.
This type of glass was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2006. It is a recognition of companies’ innovation, international development, and commitment to sustainable development. You can find the Glencairn glass in all distilleries in Scotland, Ireland, and most American ones. Whisky now has its own glass!
Choose the right glass for your drink
These glasses aren’t a marketing tactic to get consumers to buy more, but a genuine desire to provide the best-tasting experience. It is important to choose the right glass to extract the best aromas from your beverage. It is enough to taste the same wine in different glasses.