These are the best whisky glasses (to do your Scotch justice)

From delicately designed, flavour-enhancing vessels to works of whisky-holding art, these are the best glasses for the finest spirits...

Great whisky makes us want to celebrate. The artistry! The aromas! The sheer Scottish beauty of it all! It’s as spirited as spirits come; the neatest nip and most delightful dram this side of Shetland. So join us in raising a glass to the best…

Hold on a minute. Call that a glass? It’s not worthy of the Scotch you’re about to splash into it. And this is a problem. Across the world, people understand the importance of investing in great bottles of whisky. We start funds and save up to afford special Scotch bottlings — and then bring them out for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.

But we don’t take enough care with our glassware. These tumblers, these vessels, these chalices that carry our precious, peaty whiskies — they deserve that same level of investment. So, below, we’ve rounded up some of the finest options to give your Scotch the send off it deserves…

Norlan Whisky Glass

Inspired by nature and crafted digitally, this meticulously designed glass was designed by former master distiller of Bruichladdich, Jim McEwan, to capture every single one of your whisky’s complex flavours and aromas. Double-walled, ergonomically-curved and lightweight, it dynamically encourages aeration so you don’t need to add water to unlock further flavour.

These are the best whisky glasses (to do your Scotch justice)

Norlan Whisky Glasses (set of two)

£48.00

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Riedel Vinum Whisky Glass

This isn’t some arbitrary shape. In early 1992, a panel of international whisky experts descended on Riedel’s Austrian headquarters to test a range of 19 different glass shapes. This meeting resulted in the machine-blown, lead crystal glass you see before you — complete with elongated thistle shape, truncated stem and slightly out-turned lip.

These are the best whisky glasses (to do your Scotch justice)

Riedel Vinum Whisky Glass (set of two)

£36.00

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Denver & Liely Bourbon Glass

Because not all whiskies are Scotch. Denver & Liely’s elegant ‘Bourbon Glass’ was created after an in-depth research trip to Kentucky and Tennessee. It’s hand-blown, hand-cut and hand-polished from lead-free crystal. And, thanks to a smaller-than-usual opening-to-base ratio, it’s a glass that provides a bolder body and smoother, more bourbon-focused experience.

These are the best whisky glasses (to do your Scotch justice)

Denver & Liely Bourbon Glass

£30.00

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Seletti Kintsugi Glass and Gold Tumbler

What Seletti’s tumbler lacks in meticulously crafted and dynamically aerated design, it makes up for with the glinting goodness of gold. ‘Kintsugi’ is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with precious metals — and this glass will serve your finely aged whisky in the regal way it deserves.

These are the best whisky glasses (to do your Scotch justice)

Seletti Kintsugi Glass and Gold Tumbler

£20.00

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Baccarat Harcourt Talleyrand Tumbler

Revisiting the regal architectural form of Baccarat’s Harcourt 1841 collection, this ‘Talleyrand’ tumbler looks a little like a miniature vase. But it’s better than a vessel for flowers — this is a powerful, classic design that makes a perfect choice of glass for the devoted whisky drinker. The fluted rim directs the spirit directly onto your tongue, ensuring the most potent sips possible.

These are the best whisky glasses (to do your Scotch justice)

Baccarat Harcourt Talleyrand Tumbler (set of 2)

£215.00

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Edo Kiriko Whisky Cup

If the Baccarat tumbler above looks like a vase, then this Edo Kiriko cup looks like a tealight holder. The first of our two Japanese picks, it’s the perfect option if you enjoy the drier, smokier, and peatier characteristics of far-eastern whiskies. That funnel shape allows the spirit to aerate, and opens up flavours in much the same way a wine decanter might.

These are the best whisky glasses (to do your Scotch justice)

Edo Kiriko Whisky Cup

£32.00

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Yamazakura ‘Leaf’ Whisky Glass

This is an interesting one. Rounding out our Japanese duo, this ‘leaf’ glass takes after the classic tulip nosing design. But, crafted from recycled glass and very subtly ribbed, there’s a clear Japanese design influence here. It’s very small; and looks almost like a shot glass. But, whereas the Edo Kiriko cup above opens up flavours, this innovative design intensifies and concentrates them. One for serious flavour chasers.

These are the best whisky glasses (to do your Scotch justice)

Yamazakura ‘Leaf’ Whisky Glass

£31.00

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Wooden Mountain Whiskey Glass

There aren’t many flavour benefits to this wooden-based design — but it doesn’t half look cool. On a chunk of black walnut, the peaked design will ensure you set your drink down straight no matter how many drams you’ve had. And, though those straight-walled sides don’t offer much in terms of flavour-boosting, the borosilicate glass is clearer than lead crystal. So pick your best shade of Scotch, and enjoy the view.

These are the best whisky glasses (to do your Scotch justice)

Wooden Mountain Whiskey Glass

£21.95

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Nude ‘Chill’ Whisky Tumbler with Marble Base

While we’re on the subject of striking, stylish bases, let’s take a look at Nude’s ‘Chill’ tumbler. Crafted from pure crystalline glass, the hand-hewn marble base is the star here; cool enough to keep your whisky at the optimal temperature for the flavours to best be showcased. Whether you’re a bourbon, rye or single malt man, this glass will let your selected spirit sing.

These are the best whisky glasses (to do your Scotch justice)

Nude ‘Chill’ Whisky Tumbler with Marble Base

£69.00

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Waterford Aras Whiskey Glass

And, finally, to round out your roundest, richest whisky, we turn to Ireland. The Irish spin on the classic spirit is typically known for its smoother flavour and hints of vanilla. That means you can sit back and enjoy its easy taste without any dynamic curves or fluted lips helping you on your way. Instead, look for timeless design — such as the striking vertical cuts of the ‘Aras’ style.

These are the best whisky glasses (to do your Scotch justice)

Waterford Aras Whiskey Glass (set of 2)

£85.00

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