The Top 15 Whiskey Glasses
After a long day of work, there’s nothing like enjoying a nice glass of whiskey, neat or on the rocks, but only if you do it right.
Sure, there are plenty of rules when it comes to pouring and enjoying your whiskey, and we’re not even going to get into the many different types the world has to offer.
We could write an entire book on that!
What we are going to do though is talk about the different kinds of whiskey glasses there are when they should be uses, and how they should be used.
We are also going to cover the best glasses that we could find in each category.
The Whiskey Drinking Options
- Rocks Glasses: These are the glasses we talked about earlier. Also known as “Old-Fashioned” glasses, they’re the type you see in old Western movies, or in your Grandpa’s liquor cabinet. They’re wide-rimmed, which allows you to fill it up with plenty of ice cubes. You can also easily add Whiskey stones to these glasses. As the name implies, these glasses are designed for serving Whiskey “on the rocks.”
- Shot Glasses: We all know what these glasses are for: knocking back shots of Whiskey! These glasses are smaller, and they obviously hold less Whiskey than rocks glasses. Shot glasses come in two flavors: shooter glasses and cordial glasses. Shooter glasses are your typical shot glasses, whereas cordial glasses actually have a handle for a more formal vibe.
- Highball Glasses: These glasses hold more liquid, and you can use them to mix Whiskey cocktails over ice. Obviously you can use these glasses for highballs, but they also work great for cocktails like the “7 and 7.”
- Snifter/Glencairn Glasses: These glasses are ideal for Whiskey tasting sessions. These glasses feature a wide bottom, a narrow top, and a short stem. This creates a formal, upscale vibe that Whiskey connoisseurs will love. You don’t use ice with these glasses, as it’s all about tasting the Whiskey and nothing else. Glencairn glasses are simply narrower than Snifter glasses and feature a shorter stem.
Sure, you could drink your whiskey out of a plastic cup. You could even drink it straight from the bottle. But if you really want to be civilized as you enjoy one of the greatest spirits ever created, you’ll want to drink it out of a proper whiskey glasses.
And when you shop for some unique whiskey glasses, it’s important not to rush things. While it might be tempting to simply buy the first set of whiskey glasses that catch your eye, sometimes it’s better to take a more measured approach. After all, these whiskey glasses could be passed down from generation to generation in your family’s future. We have a set that was my wife’s grandfathers’ that she will never get rid of, at least not until we are dead:)
Whenever you pull out your whiskey glasses, you should feel that warm sense of satisfaction as you wrap your hands around something made with care. Trust us, it’ll make enjoying your whiskey that much better. After all, the devil’s in the details…
A quick search online will reveal an entire world full of different types of glasses, each with their own unique style and flair. Choosing the right one for your whiskey setup could require a lot of research.
But never fear, because we’ve already weighed all the different options for you, and we’re pretty sure we’ve narrowed down the best options available.
A Brief History of Whiskey Glasses
To find the roots of the common whiskey glass, you’d have to go back to the 16th century. Back then, it wasn’t made of glass at all – a wooden cup was the preferred whiskey vessel of that time.
After some time, something called the “quiche” became more and more popular, which was basically a wooden cup inlaid with prominent silver detailing. In the 17th century, these silver cups became an essential part of any respectable household.
Basically, these primitive whiskey cups resembled bowls more than they did glasses, with flat and wide shapes.
Only in the 19th century did glass become feasible enough for mass production. Tumblers were immediately produced for the wider market, filling up the shelves in homes and bars alike.
As glass became a more established manufacturing material, technology reached a point where different types of glasses could be made at scale, and specialized whiskey glasses started to emerge.
This coincided with the rising interest in malt whiskey during the 19th century.
Fast forward until today, and you have a wide range of different whiskey glasses to fit the tastes and preferences of every single whiskey enthusiast or the circumstances for which you are having a drink.
Now let’s examine some of our favorite types of whiskey glasses on offer:
The Best Rocks Glasses
1. Red Rocks Double Old-Fashioned Whiskey Glass
The great thing about these whiskey glasses is that they come with whiskey stones. That’s right, you’ll get a set of six granite whiskey stones with a set of four of these glasses.
With heavy, stable bases, these whiskey glasses are built to last and they won’t tip over.
2. Kanars Double Old-Fashioned Whiskey Glass
We love the fact that these incredible whiskey glasses come in a beautiful gift box. Obviously, this makes it a great gift, but the box also helps you store your glasses away neatly and tidily.
The high-quality, lead-free crystal glass has stunning detailing for a truly classic and elegant design.
3. Premium Bourbon Glasses by Luxu_ing
These glasses boast a firm, thick brim. This means that you’ll never have to hold back or hesitate when toasting with friends, and the glasses are sturdy enough to handle even the most solid impacts.
These glasses are totally versatile, and you can use them for a wide range of different spirits.
4. Fifth & Fox Scotch Glasses
These glasses will look amazing in your cabinet, and they’ll really stand out.
While the base is square and sturdy, the rim is sloped and asymmetrical. This gradient design helps the glass fit perfectly in your hand.
They look great, but the slightly rare design isn’t just for show – it’s actually functional and ergonomic, which is a major plus in our books.
To top things off, you’ll receive these glasses in a luxurious black box emblazoned with Fifth & Fox’s logo and branding. This is perfect if you’re planning on giving these glasses as a gift, or storing them in a safe and secure manner.
5. Crystal Imagery Whiskey Legend Quote Glass – Set Of Four
If you’re a fan of Abraham Lincoln, you’ll love these whiskey glasses.
At first glance, there’s nothing too special about these. But take a closer look, and you’ll find an Abraham Lincoln quote emblazoned on the front of the glass. The quote from the sixteenth president of the United States reads:
“Tell me what whiskey Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.”
If you’re wondering about the context of this quote, here’s a little background information: General Ulysses Grant was one of Lincoln’s best performing military men in the Civil War. However, high-ranking government officials often accused him of being a drunkard, and most Americans were well aware of his fondness for Whiskey. However, good old Abe Lincoln defended General Grant, and this quote shows how little he cared about the rumors of Grant’s drunkness. In fact, the quote shows how Lincoln jokingly attributed Grant’s success to his love of whiskey and suggested that his other generals drink it as well.
Okay, back to the actual glasses!
The quote is actually sand-carved into the glass, which results in deeper grooves and requires a lot more skill compared to simple laser-etching and engraving.
6. Old Southern Brass .308 Solid Copper Projectile Glasses
For fans of old Western movies, look no further than these glasses.
There’s a real, American-made copper bullet embedded in each glass. No, we’re not joking. Some might say that this is a little gimmicky, but these glasses are the real deal, and they’re hand-made with care and consideration. To create the bullet effect, each glass is hand-blown.
These glasses are also extremely durable, and the bullet doesn’t make them weaker or more fragile than your average Whiskey glass.
Old Southern Brass is all about protecting the 2nd amendment and supporting the troops. When you purchase these glasses, a portion of the profits goes towards the Wounded Warriors Project.
It’s always nice to see companies giving back!
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The Best Shot Glasses
1. JoyJolt Heavy Base Shot Glass Set
These interesting shot glasses are actually square-shaped, which makes them unique and interesting additions to your liquor cabinet.
They’re also seriously sturdy, with heavy bases and thick glass construction. They’re dishwasher safe, and it’ll be seriously hard to break these well-made, 2 oz shot glasses.
2. Gmark Heavy Base Shot Glass Set
These shot glasses actually take on the European design, which means that they curve outward from the bottom instead of taking on the normal straight shape of a “traditional” shot glass.
They’re completely dishwasher safe, and a solid base ensures that you won’t have to worry about your glasses tipping over.
3. Libbey Fluted Whiskey Glass
If you’re looking for a totally unique set of shot glasses, this is definitely a stellar option. The liquid is surrounded by an extremely thick wall of glass on all sides, which just screams “quality.”
There’s even a handy line etched into the glass, which tells you that you’ve filled up exactly 1 oz of liquid. This is a seriously classy whiskey shot glass set, and we definitely recommend it.
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The Best High Ball Glasses
1. Reed & Barton Crystal Soho Highball Glasses
With full lead crystal, you can enjoy these highball glasses without worrying about sturdiness. With thick linear cuts in the side of the glass, this highball set is both contemporary and classic.
You can use this highball glass for whiskey, cocktails, or even non-alcoholic drinks. This is a very versatile addition to your glassware collection.
2. RCR Opera Crystal Highball Glass
These beautiful highball glasses are made in Italy, so you can be pretty confident about the quality of the end product. Made from lead-free crystal, these glasses are also completely dishwasher safe and durable.
Even better, you can collect an entire set of matching glassware, including decanters, shot glasses, flute glasses, and much more.
3. Paksh Novelty Italian Highball Glasses
These highball glasses are also made in Italy, and they feature a sleek, minimalist design. Although there aren’t any designs set into the glass, many people will appreciate this approach. After all, sometimes versatility is the best option.
Although you’ll have to wash these glasses by hand, they are still made from a lead-free crystal of the highest quality.
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The Best Snifter/Glencairn Glasses
1. The Glencairn Whiskey Glass – 6 Pack
Hailed as the “official whiskey glass,” the real Glencairn whiskey glass only comes from one place – the Glencairn company itself.
These short, elegant whiskey glasses come with a sturdy base stand and are made from non-lead crystal.
2. Glencairn Whiskey Glass Set in Velvet Gift Box
Although these Glencairn glasses are identical to the ones previously mentioned, they’ll come in a deluxe velvet gift box.
If you’re shopping for that one special someone, this could be the perfect option.
3. Kentucky-themed Glencairn Glass
And if you want to represent your home state of Kentucky, these are the perfect Glencairn glasses for you.
You’ll notice that an outline of your home state is painstakingly engraved into the glass with the highest detail. It’s a great way to celebrate your home state and enjoy whiskey at the same time!
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College Town and City Rocks Glasses
This does not really fall into the top 15 glasses, but for the select few that appreciate these kinds of glasses, these are definitely in the top 15 for them, so I thought it was only appropriate for me to add them to this post for you all.
If you want to relive your college years every time you pour a glass of whiskey, then why not grab Well Told’s College Town Maps Rocks Glasses? We all know that there are plenty of options when it comes to whiskey glasses, and there are all kinds of shapes, sizes, and styles to choose from. It’s even easier to buy college papers than make a choice.
These glasses are etched with detailed, accurate street maps of countless colleges throughout America. These 11 oz rocks glasses are designed and made in the USA, and they’re completely dishwasher safe.
You’re really spoilt for choice when you choose one of these glasses. They’ve included pretty much every university you can think of when etching these gorgeous glasses.
You can find a glass that matches your university, whether you’re a past or present student at Dartmouth, Penn State, Cornell, Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Princeton, Yale, University of Texas, or Stanford.
Those are just a few options available, so check out the full range to find your college if it wasn’t mentioned on our list.
2. Dartmouth College Rocks Glass
If you want a slightly more elaborate rocks glass to represent Dartmouth College’s respected history, consider one of LXG’s Dartmouth College Rocks Glasses.
These glasses are decorated with Dartmouth’s official crest, and it provides a slightly more regal experience for those who have immense pride in this educational institution.
At 13 oz, it’s slightly larger than the aforementioned College Town Maps glass. It also features a laser-etched image.
But like the previous rocks glass, this one is also made in the USA, and it’s also dishwasher safe. All in all, it’s a great option for anyone who has attended Dartmouth in the past, and it should give your liquor cabinet a distinguished, royal vibe.
3. Philadelphia Skyline Rocks Glasses
But what if you’re not a graduate of an American university? Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of ways you can represent your favorite places with your whiskey glasses.
Take Greenline Goods’ Philadelphia Skyline Rocks Glasses, for example. These glasses are beautifully etched with the iconic skyline of Philadelphia, one of America’s most beautiful and famous cities.
If you want to show your love for this beautiful city, you might want to pick up this incredible set of two 10 oz rocks glasses.
This gorgeous skyline was sand-etched onto the surface of the glass by a skilled artisan, which is something you don’t see every day. The bases are heavy, which speaks of the high quality of these glasses. The name of the city is also painstakingly sand-etched into the base of the glass.
But what if Philadelphia isn’t your style?
Don’t worry, there are other equally appealing options to choose from. There are also rocks glasses etched with the skylines of Chicago and New York. So no matter which city you love the most, you can pick a city that appeals to you the most.
Or why not complete the collection, and fill your liquor cabinet with skylines of all three cities?
Whatever option you choose, you can rest assured that all glasses are completely dishwasher safe, and 100% lead-free. There’s even a lifetime guarantee!
Without a doubt, these are truly high-quality rocks glasses, and it’s obvious that a lot of time and effort went into their creation. These are our personal favorite.
4. Nashville Rocks Glass Gift Set
If you want to represent the city of Nashville while you drink your whiskey, then look no further than this wonderful gift set of four unique rocks glasses.
Each glass is distinct, but each one symbolizes a different aspect of Nashville. One glass depicts the skyline, another proudly shows the state’s flag, and another is emblazoned with the “615” area code. The last is a beautifully stylized depiction of the word “home.”
These are tall whiskey rocks glasses that are completely handmade.
If Nashville doesn’t appeal to you, there are other options available.
A Dallas set features a glass with a large star, and another with an outline of the state. A Chicago set features a “312” glass, as well as a state outline with a superimposed heart.