When it comes to Whisky Glasses, there is such a wide variety of designs to choose from, each with their own specific purpose, that it can be confusing to decide which set to go for. While some glasses are wide and short for easy drinking, others are narrow and long for aromatic purposes and flavor sipping.

But fear not – it is hard to go wrong. We’ll outline the top glasses and materials, and highlight some of our favorites to help narrow down the clutter.

Glass tumblers are often well made and durable, always up for a spin in the dishwasher without you having to worry about breakage or machine degradation. Crystal glasses can be more prone to chips and breaks. As such, we recommend washing by hand. Just remember – crystal tends to be quite expensive.

We recommend possessing at least 2 proper whiskey tumblers in your collection. No one likes to enjoy a drink alone!

The Whisky Tumbler

whisky tumbler glass

Probably the most well known of the whisky glasses, tumblers are short with a wide rim. Also known as “The Old Fashioned”, this standard bearer is perfect for enjoying a drink on the rocks or making a mixed cocktail, these glasses are the most versatile of the bunch. While not the ideal choice for whiskey purists who like to nose their whisky, these glasses are solid and dependable glassware.

Glencairn Whisky Glass

Glencairn whisky glass

The glass that changed it all, or at least that’s what true whisky aficionados think. The glencairn glass was designed in 2001 to provide a superior drinking experience. The tapered mouth of the glass allows for a superior nosing experience, providing unparalleled access to flavor and notes that simply isn’t available with other glasses. These glasses typically hold 1.5-2 fluid ounces of liquid, and are meant to foster a savory enjoyment of your drink of choice

For the true whisky lover, this is the definitive glass.

The Highball

highball glass

The perfect glass for a mixed drink, and the infamous scotch and soda in particular, the highball provides plenty of room for ice and mixers. Versatile enough to use for other alcoholic beverages as well, every well-stocked wet bar needs a trusty set of highballs.

The Tulip Shaped Glass

Most well known for sipping sherry, these Spanish style glasses have become big in the world of whisky. With a perfect shape for the aroma of the alcohol to collect and waft, these glasses are ideal for nosing and enjoying the flavor profile of whisky. The stem helps keep the hand and any scents associated with it from compromising the smell of the whisky, providing a superior drinking experience. These whisky glasses are perfectly suited for true aficionados.

This post is part of our buyers guide to whisky glasses. Updated periodically, please visit the guide for further information about whisky glasses.