WebstaurantStore / Food Service Resources / In-Depth Articles / Types of Whiskey Glasses
Types of Whiskey Glasses

Types of Whiskey Glasses

Whiskey. Most people either love it or they hate it, and among those that can palate this oaky alcohol, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more diverse range of drinkers. Whether neat or on the rocks, savored or straight down the hatch, you'll need the right type of whiskey glass for the right customer, and there are several options to choose from:

1. The Old Fashioned (or Rocks) Glass

Instagram props
  • For drinking whiskey neat (no ice)
  • For drinking whiskey on the rocks (with ice)
  • For drinking whiskey in cocktails

Rocks and old fashioned glasses are very similar, and sometimes the terms are used interchangably. Whether you like it neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails like the "old fashioned" from which it gets its name, these glasses are sure to get the job done. Design-wise, they are all utility; trading the flash and flair of fancier glasses for (usually) straight sides, a wide brim that allows the whiskey's aromatics to work a little bit on straight pours, and a super thick base to handle mixed and muddled cocktails.

2. The Shot Glass

  • For fast ingestion

Some prefer to savor the experience of going to a bar or a social event rather than to savor their whiskey, and for this customer, there is the shot glass. There is no enjoying the oaky richness, no meditating on the smoky aroma, just whiskey.

These glasses feature a small volume along with a thick base to stand up to constant use, being one of the most called-for glasses in a bartender's arsenal.

3. The High Ball Glass

  • For drinking whiskey in cocktails

Also called a hi ball glass, this one is for those who want their whiskey with a little less tannin and a little more sour mix. For cocktails where a normal rocks or old fashioned glass can't cut it, a high ball fits the bill—you still get the simple styling and a thick base for mixing and muddling, just in a taller profile for more ice and drink ingredients.

4. Snifter Glasses and Glencairn Glasses

  • For drinking whiskey neat (no ice)
  • Upscale use

Can you take a swig of whiskey and tell if it's single malt or blended from the taste? Have you been described or described yourself as a “whiskey aficionado?” Does the thought of a “whiskey fizz” make you shudder? If you answered yes to these questions, forget everything you just read and skip straight to one of these glasses.

Glencairn Whiskey Glasses are great for customers who like to savor the little nuances of each pour; a wide-based tulip design does two things, making it stable while essentially funneling the aroma to your nose (since a lot of what we taste is influenced by smell). A stemmed base also lets you swirl, adding oxygen to the drink and further enhancing the smell/taste experience. It's particularly great for single malt whiskeys. Don't even think about doing a mixed drink in it.

Snifter Glasses are typically used for brandy, but are often lumped in with other specialty whiskey glasses and do essentially the same thing—they feature a similar tulip design to direct the aroma to your nose, a stem to help drinkers swirl their beverage, and like the Glencairn they just look classy too.

Related Resources

Top Eight Tips for Running a Successful Bar

Whether you manage a pub or nightclub, the challenges of running a successful bar go far beyond just keeping customer glasses full. From inventory management to liability issues, we'll help you learn how to run a bar with tips from established food service resources and our in-house product experts. Whether you operate a taproom or tavern, swank cocktail lounge or neighborhood watering hole, we've got the tips and tricks to keep your bar up and running. 1. Stay Well Stocked Countertop Condiment Holders from $10 The last thing you want on a busy bar night is a shortage of your patrons' favorite beverages. But stocking your bar goes far beyond just filling your back bar cooler or  refrigerator with beer, liquor, and wine. Keep track of y

How to Hire a Bartender

A good bartender is essential to your restaurant business. One part salesman, one part drink expert, and one part friend to customers, it's important to find a bartender with the right balance of all three. They also need to be savvy of restaurant management issues ranging from inventory to alcohol safety issues. Read on for five traits to consider when hiring a bartender. 1. Evaluate Experience and Work History When hiring a bartender , look for experience. A recent graduate of bartending school probably does not have the hands on experience needed to keep up with drink orders on a busy weekend night. Consider hiring recent grads as bar backs, or giving them shifts on slower nights. Now on to the experienced bartender. Years of experience

How to Become a Certified Cicerone®

Over the past 30 years , the number of breweries in the United States has grown from a depressing 89 prior to 1980 to over 2,800 today. At least 98% of today's operating breweries are classified as craft brewers. With a 14.3% dollar share of the total U.S. beer market, that's an estimated $14.3 billion, it's safe to say that craft beers are a rapidly growing segment of the beverage service industry. Along with the explosion of craft beer and changing American taste buds comes the need for educated, knowledgeable beer service professionals who not only have a grasp of the 140 + beer styles, but who also understand how to serve, store, brew, and pair those various beer types. For years, people with this kind of expert knowledge were referred

Subscribe now for great deals and industry tips! Sign up for our mailing list to have weekly discounts and industry knowledge sent right to your inbox.

Food Service Resources

Guides, ingredient calculations, food management, and help!

Explore Resources
  • Visa
  • Discover
  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Paypal