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About The Whisky Glass

The Whisky Glass is brought to you as a proud member of the Alba Whisky Clan. With decades of experience in the spirits trade, we've learnt to love our glassware.

We believe that the experience of drinking any quality spirit is accentuated, improved, and enhanced with the right glassware.

In our minds you can't go past the Glencairn Glass for the complete package when it comes to a tasting apparatus. Read on below for a summary of why.


The Glencairn Whisky Glass is a revolutionary whisky glass that really lets you savour the taste and complexity of fine whisky. The glass is great to use for any of your ‘wee nippy sweeties’ whether it be Single Malt Whiskies, Irish Whiskies, or even single barrel bourbons. With the tapered mouth, you are able to really smell all of the nuances the whisky has to offer. Any malt advocate will love this glass!

Champagne, Brandy, Wine… each has its own glass. Yet whisky, the worlds most complex spirit can be found served in anything from hi-ball tumblers to Paris goblets.
It’s a bit like pouring your vintage champagne into a pint tumbler or your XO brandy into a shot glass!

Whisky is a drink to be savoured. Time spent enjoying the flavours on the nose are equally important as those on the palate. Raymond Davidson decided it was about time someone designed a proper whisky glass…

Davidson's design for the perfect glass for whisky was created and left to mature for some twenty years at the bottom of a filing cabinet. After adequate maturation, his sons Paul and Scott decided to take his design to the people who know best… the master blenders!

With their help and support they were able to take the glass around the world and promote it as The Glass for whisky, developed by the whisky industry for the whisky industry.

Its roots lie in the traditional nosing glasses used by blenders around the world. The unique and stylish shape has been crafted with eminent care, to enhance the enjoyment of whisky.

The tapering mouth allows an ease of drinking not associated with traditional nosing glasses whilst capturing the aromas on the nose. The wide bowl allows for the fullest appreciation of the whisky’s colour and the solid base is designed to be easy on the hand.

Today the Glencairn Glass can be found at every distillery in Scotland, Ireland, Wales as well as most in the USA. It has won accolades from around the world including the Queens Award, the highest award for business in the UK.

Importantly it is also beginning to appear in the places it was designed for… the bars!

It may have taken a few hundred years to arrive, but whisky now has a glass of it’s own… FINALLY!

One of the keys to Glencairn's status as a top tier whisky glass is that their products are all made from lead-free crystal.

To make crystal glassware, you add strengthening minerals to the glass slurry during manufacturing. This strengthens the structure of the glass and allows for the creation of finer, more durable glassware.

Because Glencairn uses only lead-free crystal in their products, they are perfect for long term storage and are also dishwasher safe!



Colour - Is your whisky light gold, bright copper, or rich amber in colour?

Body - Does your whisky have a light, medium, or full body?

Nose - Which aromas do you recognize when you nose the whisky - is is malty, smokey, fruity, or chocolatey?

Palate - What characteristics do you notice on the palate - is it softly sweet, rich and fruity, or peppery and spicy?

Finish - Does the flavour remain for a long time or does it disappear quickly?