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Top Of The Best Goblets Reviewed In 2018Last Updated July 1, 2018
№1 – Fun Express Crown Goblet Cups – 12 Pieces
№2 – Libbey Goblet Party 12-Piece Set
№3 – Medieval Knight Lions Heart Gauntlet Style Wine Goblet 9″ H
On The Rock Glass With Ice Ball Maker
For those who like their whiskey on the chilled side, this rocks glass is the perfect option. Each set comes with a silicone mold that, when filled and frozen, forms a single solid ice ball that outlasts regular ice cubes. The glass itself also features a shape conducive for the ice ball, allowing the sipper to swirl with ease minus the worry of spillover.
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge
The warm whiskey burn can end up deterring many from enjoying one of the world’s finest spirits. Here’s a fantastic solution to that obstacle. The Whiskey Wedge is an artful way to chill but not water down the dram, as the wedge is designed to melt at a much lower pace than floating ice cubes.
Orrefors ‘Intermezzo’ Old-Fashioned Glass
Truly one-of-a-kind, each Intermezzo glass features a drop of color in the stem that distinguishes the glass from anything else you’re ever encountered. It’s made from crystal, is dishwasher safe, and designed by Erika Lagerbielke; add a touch of modern to the bar.
Riedel VINUM Whiskey Glasses
World-famous glassmakers produce this fine whiskey vessel that’s made of 2percent lead crystal for enhanced clarity, a capacity of seven ounces, and features a short stem and elongated thistle-shaped body in order to enhance the characteristics of the whiskey for every drinker’s enjoyment.
If you’re more of a dreamer than a doer check out these Matterhorn glasses inspired by the famous mountain in the Alps. Each glass is crafted out of crystal and looks quite impressive when filled with a dram of your favorite whiskey. And while you may never actually hike the famed mountain, at least now you can admire it from afar.
Get your hands on this glass that was just given the green light for production after a successful Kickstarter campaign. It’s a transparent, double-walled sipping vessel formed from a specific glass-blowing technique. The Norlan weighs in at 12grams and features a faceted base to eliminate fingerprints on the bowl.
Dorset Double Old Fashioned Glasses
Getting its name from the photogenic county on England’ southern coastline, each Dorset Double is composed of lead-crystal and reflects light in all directions thanks to the hand-cut fluting on the side of the glass. Pick up a set of these and any cocktail or dram will be presented in a fantastic manner. iittala Ultima Thule
Classy. That’s the one adjective that comes to mind at first glance. Its design produces a more translucent appearance for the glass and even though they may look too delicate to wash after consumption, you’ll be please to know each piece is dishwasher safe. iittala Aarne Double Old Fashioned Glass
Looking a bit like a shot glass rather and your typical Old Fashioned, the wide mouth facilitates a fuller sip capacity without any drip and the whole piece is made from mouth-blown glass, designed by Goran Hongell. Its mid-century design is one of elegance and simplicity, marrying it well with any number of fine whiskeys.
Library Hand-Cut Double Old Fashioned Glass
Suited for a cool winter’s night next to a warm fireplace, the rough-hewn glass makes this vessel a fantastic addition to your wet bar. It’s crafted from molded blown soda glass, boasts a hand-cut design, and comes in a set of six that also includes a shot glass, highball, wine glass, flute, and martini glass as well.
Ox Horn Double Old Fashioned Whiskey Tumbler
If you’re not satisfied with drinking an after-hours pour out of glass then look to this Ox Horn built tumbler. Built from ethically-sourced horns, it hosts ounces of capacity, is polished to a bright finish, and handmade in England. Easily a more macho option for those whiskey drinkers out there.
Blade Runner Whiskey Glasses
If Harrison Ford drank whiskey, which we’re sure he does, he would certainly own a pair of these Blade Runner glasses. They feature a square design with diagonal cuts at the angles and were modeled after the exact same tumblers used by Deckard himself in the movie.
The Lowball Machined Whiskey Tumbler
As a hard working individual you appreciate the time and effort it takes to get something done correctly. The Lowball was conceived with this notion in mind and is crafted for that special moment when the day is done. The interior features CNC Lathe contours to create a perfect hourglass snifter profile and the tumbler boasts optimized geometry so it fits perfectly in your hand.
The charm of tumblers
You don’t necessarily need stemware to enjoy wine. Follow the lead of trattorias and bistros where tumblers are often used for wine glasses. Tumblers are perfectly suited to fruity, robust, everyday drinking wines. And casual tumblers are much less worrisome when you’re dining outdoors.
Zalto Denk’Art Universal Glass
Red wine glasses and White wine glasses differ in shape and size, driven by the types of wine they are intended to hold. Typically Red wine glasses will be a bit taller and have a larger bowl than White wine glasses. In general Reds are bigger and bolder wines so they require a larger glass to allow all those aromas and flavors to emerge. “But do I need both types?” While you can certainly get by with one set of glasses, if you expect to drink a number of different varietals you may find that the glassware is holding back your experience, particularly if you opt to drink Red wine out of a smaller White wine glass. Does that mean you won’t enjoy your wine? Most definitely not. While the various shapes and sizes can be overwhelming, a proper varietal-glass pairing can make a tremendous difference.
An inexpensive stemless option
Made from non-leaded crystal, these thin, lightweight stemless wine glasses are a great option for casual wine drinking. (set of eight)
For casual drinking, we recommend the Ravenscroft Crystal Stemless Wine Glasses, which were thinner and lighter than most of the glasses we tested in this category. Though they’re stemless, these glasses retain the elegance of traditional stemware because they are made from non-leaded crystal, have relatively thin lips, and are light weight. Our experts recommend these glasses when enjoying inexpensive but refreshing wines.
How we picked
We turned to our experts to find out which features they look for in the ideal wine glass, including the type and quality of glass, size and shape of the bowl, thinness of the glass and rim, stem length, size of the base, overall balance, weight, and aesthetics.
The Libbey glass has a classic look that makes it appropriate for daily use, or for more formal occasions such as dinners and cocktail parties.
The Libbey glasses are versatile enough for casual use, or for more formal dinner gatherings with friends and family.
Though it’s made from soda-lime glass, the Libbey seems to sparkle more under the light compared with most of the other all-purpose glasses we tested.
Since it’s so durable, the Libbey is the ideal glass for company, especially when hosting rowdy guests.
Our experts found the Libbey glass to be well-balanced, with a nice size base and an appropriately shaped bowl.
We think the Libbey Signature Kentfield Estate All-Purpose Wine Glass is ideal for casual drinking and entertaining. Photo: Michael Hession
Flaws but not dealbreakers
While the height of the stem on the Libbey glass is long enough to be held comfortably without touching the bowl, it’s not quite as thin or elegant as more expensive glasses like the Riedel Vinum Zinfandel/Riesling Grand Cru or the Zalto Denk’Art Universal wine glasses. It also weighs the most out of all of our picks, at around 5.ounces, though our testers said they didn’t find it distracting. The stem has a slight bulge where it meets the bowl of the glass, but again, our testers didn’t
Riedel Vinum Single Malt Glasses
I was given a set of Riedel Vinum Single Malt Whisky Glasses by my wife for a previous Christmas and I’m a big fan of the glasses. Riedel makes a whole line of glassware and their hallmark, at least in my mind, is that the glass is often high quality and remarkably thin.
From a design perspective, it opens up at the lip rather than closes in. Whereas the Glencairn almost focuses the aroma on your nose, this one doesn’t. The idea behind opening it up like this is so that the spirit “opens up” as it hits your tongue and lips. As a frequent user of the glass, I don’t know that much happens different if it “opens up” for the few millimeters before it gets to me!
What I do like about the glass is that it’s thin, so I don’t feel like I’m carry a bulky glass, and the opening is better suited for my nose. I don’t feel like I’m inhaling everything and so I don’t get an overwhelming nose, which I would get if I was too enthusiastic in sniffing a scotch in a Glencairn.
As was the case with the Glencairn, it’s best to avoid putting ice in this as it’s a more delicate glass and there isn’t really much room. On the downside, it’s more expensive than any other option here.
The NEAT Whiskey Glass
This is a relatively new entrant into the world of whiskey glasses. NEAT stands for Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology, which is hokey and terrible sounding, but by the shape of the glass you can already see that it looks the part.
Old Fashioned Tumblers
An Old Fashioned Tumbler is what most people think of when you talk about a tumbler (or lowball tumbler, as opposed to highball glass). It’s designed for mixed drinks, like the Old Fashioned after which it was named, and for enjoying whisky on the rocks. (Incidentally, an Old Fashioned is a lump of sugar, two dashes of bitters, ice, a lemon-peel, and a jigger of whiskey)
I don’t often enjoy my scotch on the rocks but if I did, I’d go with a tumbler. It’s the only glass where ice “feels” right and there isn’t much of a design here to accentuate any particular aspect of the scotch. I don’t think you lose anything from drinking scotch neat from a tumbler, the other designs just accentuate something that’s already there that you are getting anyway.
Buy Ravenscroft Crystal 10-1/2-Ounce Classic Double Old-Fashioned Glass, Set of (pictured)
The Glencairn, the Riedel, the Copita and the Tumbler are the classics when you think about whisky glassware. There are, however, a million other types of glassware and any one that holds a spirit you could sip near (brandy, bourbon, tequila, etc.) will have properties that make it suitable for drinking scotch.
There are also fun rocking glasses, like these Normann Copenhagen Liqueur Glasses. Rocking (or swirling) glasses can be fun but they always make me nervous, so my case just has the classics.
Susquehanna Glass Brandy Snifter Glasses, 12-Ounce, Set of (pictured)
A Comprehensive Resource For The True Connoisseur
Standard wine glasses work well for most varietals, but some wines require the use of unusually-shaped, varietal-specific glasses to bring out certain flavors and aromatics. Photo Credit: Wikimedia CC user Patrick Kennedy
A classic wine joke goes, “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full, there is clearly room for more wine.” That may technically be true, but most wine experts would be horrified if you filled your glass to the brim with wine. Most wine glasses are specifically designed for swirling, which engages the flavors and scents of the wine; when your glass is too full, the experience is ruined. The wine glass you pick has a greater impact on a wine tasting than you might imagine. When wine collectors get wrapped up in the thrill of the bottle hunt, it’s easy to forget the tools needed to enjoy the wine when it arrives.
Wine glasses are a commonly overlooked part of wine collecting, and one that is shrouded in myth and falsehoods. Nearly every collector you meet will have a different opinion on what makes a good wine glass, but many experts agree on a few sets of standards.
Imprinted wine flute
Most importantly, however, your choice of wine stemware will affect the aroma, complexity of flavor, strength of flavor, and harshness of the wine. The type of wine glass you choose – the shape, material, and quality – is highly significant in influencing the experience of the wine itself. Therefore, before you bulk purchase stemware, consider the selection of wine that you will be serving at your restaurant. If pinot noir is far more popular at your restaurant than zinfandel, for example, then you may want to purchase a greater quantity of burgundy glasses to accommodate this demand.
Burgundy wine glasses have a wide bowl that narrows in the center, then opens into a wide lip. They are commonly used to serve pinot noir and other light, delicate reds. The shape of a Burgundy glass allows for the aroma of the wine to accumulate in the bowl, then expand, enhancing it, and the wide lip of the glass directs the wine to the tip of the drinker’s tongue, prioritizing the sweetness of the wine.
Tall, narrow, fluted glasses are use to serve champagne and sometimes very light white wines. The small mouth of the glass lowers the possibility of oxidation (which can negatively affect the flavor of a lighter wine) and, for champagne, allows for the accumulation of the carbon dioxide fizz at the top of the glass, giving the desired ‘tingle’ feeling to the nose of the drink.
Wide, shallow coupe glasses are used to serve champagne (and sometimes, mixed drinks). Coupe glasses have fallen out of favor for champagne in recent decades, though they remain somewhat popular at wedding receptions and other large events. Though Coupe glasses are, by most accounts, very aesthetically pleasing, the shape of the glass results in rapid loss of champagne carbonation, a weakness that Fluted glasses do not suffer from. The wide mouth of a Coupe may also create an unwanted ‘oxidized’ flavor, though as a benefit, the mouth will direct the wine to the tip of the tongue, enhancing any existing sweetness profile.
Tulip glasses are popular for both champagnes and standard white wines. Tulip glasses resemble both Bordeaux and Fluted glasses. The bowl of the Tulip is broader than the mouth, which narrows, though not as sharply as a Fluted glass. This reduces the tendency for oxidation, which is a positive for lighter white wines that need to preserve their ‘crisp’ flavor. For full-bodied white wines, a shorter glass with a broader bowl and wider mouth are recommended, so that the wine can be sufficiently oxidized (to aerate the wine and bring out its full flavor and aroma profile).
Stemmed vs. Unstemmed
Unstemmed wine glasses have become very popular in recent years, and can be used to give off a more casual aesthetic at your restaurant or bar. The main issue with unstemmed wine glasses is that there is direct contact between the body and the glass bowl, so body heat easily transfers to the wine. For white wines, which are generally served cool, unstemmed glasses are a big no-no. For red wines, however – and specifically fuller bodied, more mature red wines such as Pinot Noir – the heat transfer that results from use of an unstemmed wine glass may not be an issue.
The History of Murano Glass in Venice
Murano is a suburb of Venice dating back to the middle ages. The glass making industry attracted the finest glass craftsmen from the East – of particular note were the Syrian craftsmen.
The Murano story begins in 129when the glass making industry was moved from Venice to Murano for safety reasons – basically the kilns kept starting fires in Venice. Venice in that period was built of wood and fire was not exactly welcome.
Murano then developed into a rich village where many of the Venetian aristocrats build magnificent palaces.
True glass from Murano is made exclusively from silica extracted from the
Cogòli del Tesìn basin. It is world renowned as the purest and most crystal clear glass to be found anywhere on earth. Exquisitely made murrine are one of the most beautiful examples of the art of the Murano
Murrine are still made by hand, in the same way they were made in centuries past. The shear quality and work involved justifies completely
Tommasi has been making glass for generations. Quality is superb and prices reasonable (as Murano prices go). The factory is right in the heart of the Murano district. Contact details are:
Address: Tommasi & Figli, Murano – Museo, Rivalonga Conterie – 3014Venice Italy
Glass Murano will bring the best Venetian artisans to your home. They deliver worldwide and the quality of the glass is superb. Their site is a bit difficult to navigate but my advice is to persist as their products are invariably
Pilsner glasses are tall and skinny with a small amount of curvature in the body. They often hold a little less than a pint and are designed to allow light to travel through the beer, showcasing the beer’s color and carbonation in an appetizing way.
Pilsner glasses are often used for light beers, pale lagers, and (you guessed it) pilsners.
Glass Beer Mug
Glass beer mugs have one main goal – to hold a large volume of beer. They are a little less serious than other beer glasses and will often be seen in casual pubs. Their thick glass walls do serve some purpose though, they keep the beer cold and can withstand enthusiastic clanking together during toasts and cheers.
There is no real rule of what beer to serve in glass beer mugs, but they are often seen holding American ales, English ales, and German lagers.
Tulip Beer Glass
Tulip glasses have a medium length stem, a wide bowl similar to a snifter, but a neck that narrows and then slightly opens up at the top. Tulip glasses are shaped to enhance the aroma of strong beers but the narrowing near the top is to hold beer with lots of head (or foam).
American double/ imperial IPAs, Scottish ales, and Belgian IPAs are often served in tulip glasses so that their aromas can be enjoyed without losing the foam.
Weizen glasses, often mistaken for pilsner glasses, are tall and thin for a good display of color and carbonation. The difference between a weizen and a pilsner glass is that the weizen is a bit curvier as it is designed to hold foamy beers and retain the head at the top.
Weizen glasses, as their German name implies, are for serving wheat beers. Slices of citrus are often added to the rim but this can cause the foam to dissipate quickly.
Beer goblets are similar in shape to snifters but with a longer stem and narrower bowl. They are designed to maintain head and allow for a good, deep sip of an aromatic beer.
Goblets are great for serving strong, heavy beers like Belgian IPAs and malty beers.
Many of the most vibrant percussion traditions trace their roots back to Africa, and percussion instruments are an integral part of today’s African cultures. Polyrhythmic music is the norm in Africa with many different percussion instruments being played together in complex, ever-shifting relationships of rhythms and counter-rhythms. The “drum conversations” that occur in modern drum circles draw on these same dynamics.
The djembe, a large goblet-shaped drum, is thought to have originated among the Mandinka people of West Africa. It has gained great popularity in the West recently, as it’s a very dynamic drum capable of a wide range of tones from deep thumping bass to resoundingly bright, high slaps. The loud volume of the djembe allows it to cut through loud mixes, and it is also easy to haul around.
Traditional djembes are generally carved of wood and are fitted with a goatskin head, while modern djembes may use synthetic materials for both the body and head. Djembes are usually played with the hands, although they’re sometimes played with one hand and one stick.
The Remo Designer Series Key Tuned Djembe comes in a range of sizes and exciting exotic finishes. The synthetic head and tuning system means you can deal with any weather or musical setting while enjoying its robust and broad sound palette.
The slit drum, also known as a log or tongue drum, is a wooden drum with cut-out surfaces that produce different tones when struck with mallets. These drums have a warm, resonant sound with great projection. The tongues or slits are cut so that the drum produces a pleasing scale.
The Timber Drum Company Slit Drum generates mellow and warm tones thanks to its beautiful hardwood construction combined with the included soft mallets. The tongue layout makes it hard to play a “bad note.”
The Gonkogwe bell from Ghana is a large, two-toned bell that’s played with a metal or wooden stick. This bell is essential to West African Ewe drumming and helps define the central beat in the same way claves provide the pulse in Afro-Cuban rhythms.
The Overseas Connection Ghana Double Gonkogwe Bellproduces two bright tones that help anchor the pulse in polyrhthmic drum circles.
The combination of a brass shell with goatskin head and a modern tuning system allows the LP Brass Cuica to produce a range of squealing, roaring sounds that just might draw a lion out of the bush!
Browse the huge selection Brazilian and samba percussion instruments at Musician’s Friend.
The very affordable LP Aspire Timbale Set has bright-sounding shells and comes with a high-pitched Jam Block for exciting accents and effects.
The cajon is a wood percussion box that is believed to have its origins in Peru, where African slaves substituted wooden shipping crates for the native drums they had played in their homeland. The cajon also developed in Cuba, where fish crates and dresser drawers were used as percussion instruments. In Spain the cajon is used to accompany flamenco, pop, and fusion music. The cajon is played by sitting on it and striking the front surface. The back has a hole cut in it for resonance, and the front striking surface is loosened around the edges to permit slap tones when played near the edge. Some modern versions incorporate a snare that adds a buzz to the cajon’s sound.
One of our most popular percussion instruments, the beautifully finished Meinl Siam Oak String Cajon has a great range of sounds including a unique sizzle effect for dazzling solos.
The Bata is a double-headed hourglass-shaped drum, with one end larger than the other. Of Nigerian origins, it is now popular in Cuba and Puerto Rico. It is often played in sets of three. Bata drums have a strong association with religious ceremonies, and are also found in Cuban folk and pop music.
Middle Eastern Percussion
Want to play the complex cadences of Middle Eastern music? The sinuous rhythms of the Middle East and North Africa turn up in all kinds of genres these days including world music and dance pop sounds Read on to learn about the many percussion instruments you can use to create an authentic sound.
The doumbek (also variously spelled and called the dombek, dumbak, darbuka, derbeki, tablah, or tombek) is the most popular Middle Eastern drum. Characteristically played in a horizontal position across the lap with the hands and fingers, this goblet-shaped drum produces a wide dynamic range of tones.
The Toca Freestyle Doumbek has a comfortable curved rim, beautifully decorated shell, and produces fat bass notes from the center of the head and sharp trebles from the edge.
The Remo Tar Frame Drum has a Skyndeep synthetic head that produces controlled overtones while being impervious to changes in humidity.
Finger cymbals, also known as zils, zills, or sagat, are round and bell-shaped. These small brass cymbals are worn in pairs on each hand, and are struck together with the fingers. They’re often worn by bellydancers.
Zildjian Finger Cymbals are made from an ancient alloy formula that produces the ringing chime sounds associated with bellydance performance.
The Kanjira is a Southern Indian drum that is similar to a tambourine. It is made of wood with a single drum head (now synthetic, historically lizard skin), and may have jingles built into the frame. In the hands of skilled player the Kanjira is capable of very complex, fast rhythm patterns.
The Remo Kanjira has a 7” ecologically friendly Skyndeep head that mimics the look and sound of lizard skin.
Some of the many other Indian drums include the pakhawaj, mridang, khol, and ghatam.
You can explore the huge range of unique hand drums at Musician’s Friend.
The pandeiro is a hand frame drum with metal jingles—it’s the Brazilian take on the tambourine. Commonly used in samba music, it evolved from a Spanish instrument that in turn was based on North African percussion.
The lightweight Remo Samba Choro Pandiero has a replaceable synthetic head, and three sets of jingles; two in brass and one set in silver to produce amazingly complex sounds.
Effects and Hand Percussion
Many hand-held percussion instruments are cross-cultural and used in myriad styles. These instruments are also well suited for singers, guitarists, and others who are not primarily percussionists. A simple cowbell, pair of maracas, or claves can add nice touches to your performance without any steep learning curve. All you need is little natural rhythm!
The cowbell is used extensively in Latin and world music. Many rock and jazz drummers add drum set cowbells to their kit. Innovative drummers such as Horacio Hernandez have incorporated the cowbell into the drum set with a foot pedal bracket that allows the bell to be played with a standard bass drum pedal.
Explore the huge selection of cowbells at Musician’s Friend.
Shakers come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, ranging from the tiny egg shaker to large shekeres and beaded gourds, each with a distinctive sound.
The inexpensive Dunlop 2-Pack Egg Shaker has a bright, penetrating sound that’s ideal for setting up counter rhythms and adding percussive coloration.
Explore a range of samba-related shakers at Musician’s Friend.
There is a virtually unlimited array of percussion instruments for creating special effects in every musical context. Here are a few to consider in building up your percussion collection and repertoire:
Tubano Drums are a new invention that are lightweight—easy to play, travel with, and store. Available in fixed and tunable versions, they come in multiple sizes.
Tuned Percussion Instruments
The primary tuned percussion instruments are the xylophone and the marimba. Both are popular in music education since they make a great introduction to both music notation and rhythms. They’re also widely used in concert and marching-band settings. The vibraphone is a cousin that has resonator tubes to increase its volume and is popular in jazz and classical music settings.
The xylophone is a tuned percussion instrument with metal or wood bars of various lengths. The earliest-known example of a true xylophone comes from ancient China circa 2000 BC, but the instrument is also widely-used in African music and may have been independently invented there.
The xylophone’s bars are tuned chromatically and laid out in a format that’s similar to the piano keyboard. The instrument is played with plastic-, wood-, or rubber-headed mallets. Xylophones are used in a broad spectrum of musical genres, including classical, jazz, and ethnic styles. At Musician’s Friend you’ll find xylophones intended for classroom, concert, and marching band use.
The Stagg Octave Xylophone produces warm tones from its padauk wood bars.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Goblets wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Goblets
- №1 — Fun Express Crown Goblet Cups – 12 Pieces
- №2 — Libbey Goblet Party 12-Piece Set
- №3 — Medieval Knight Lions Heart Gauntlet Style Wine Goblet 9″ H