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Top Of The Best Old Fashioned Glasses Reviewed In 2018Last Updated September 1, 2018
№1 – Marquis by Waterford Markham Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Set of 4
№2 – Libbey 4-Piece Impressions Double Old Fashioned Glasses, 12-Ounce, Clear
№3 – Swivel Double Old Fashioned Glasses, 12 Ounce – Set of 6
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.
We have written guides about proper table settings and restaurant dinnerware. Now it’s time for a guide about restaurant drinkware. Often taken for granted, the right drinkware can set your establishment apart from the rest! Choose drinkware with a little flair for your bar for added appeal or classy Crystallin for your sit down restaurant. This guide will help you to determine which types of drinkware are best for your food service business and which types are not the perfect fit.
The drinkware or glassware your restaurant puts on the table can be made of several different materials. The following are the most common materials used in drinkware production:
SAN – Also known as styrene acrylonitrile resin. This is a durable plastic that can withstand boiling so it is dishwasher safe. It can be clear or come in a variety of colors. SAN is also BPA free.
Polycarbonate – Polycarbonate is a plastic that is durable but may scratch easy. Polycarbonate can be very clear and can also come in a variety of colors, much like SAN. Polycarbonate can resist higher temperatures but because of the use of BPA in it’s manufacturing process is not the best choice for hot beverages.
Glass – Glass is heavier in weight than plastic and may feel better in your customer’s hand. Glass is a classic option for drinkware but can be easily broken when dropped or subjected to temperature shock.
Tempered Glass – Tempered glass, also known as safety glass, is strengthened through thermal or chemical treatment. Tempered glass will not break as easily as untempered glass, making it a great choice for bar glasses that are commonly subjected to “frosting. When tempered glass does break, it breaks into safer, smaller pieces rather than large shards.
Crystal – Classic crystal, also known as Lead Glass, is glass that is traditionally made with potash (salts) and lead. Known for looking much better than traditional glass, Crystal has been used for glassware as early as 161Although deemed safe for use, thorough washing before use is recommended to reduce the chances of lead leaching. Because of this, storing beverages for longer periods of time is not advised.
Crystallin – Also known as “Cystal Glass, Crystallin is the lead free variety of Crystal. Barium, potassium, and zinc are used instead of lead, making it a safer choice for those concerned with traditional Crystal’s lead content. Like Crystal, Crystallin’s appearance is favored over glass.
Porcelain – Porcelain is a type of ceramic material that is very hard and usually comes in white. Also called “China. Porcelain can be more durable than traditional glass but is known to chip.
Decanter is commonly used to dispense beverages and not as a drinking vessel. Pitchers/decanters are most commonly used in bars and sit down restaurants. Pitchers and Decanters are most commonly made of SAN, Glass, or Polycarbonate. (also known as Old Fashioned glasses) are usually found in bars for use with alcoholic beverages. Rocks glasses typically come in glass but have more recently been made in break resistant SAN. beer mugs are also more commonly found in bars or sit down restaurants with a beer service. Because pilsners and tankards are typically frosted for maintaining a colder beverage, tempered glass is usually the material of choice.
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)
Get The Basics Down First
Regardless of what kind of glasses you end up buying, there are a few qualities that your glasses should have no matter what. Whatever you buy should be comfortable, durable, stylish, shatter-resistant, scratch-resistant, and most importantly, easy on your eyes and easy to wear in general. Have this mental checklist with you when you buy your reading glasses. Before you invest in any pair of reading glasses that is made with real glass, you want to know where exactly that glass came from. Under the official classification of glass lenses, the glass is said to be made out of natural mineral glass. One might think that because these glasses are made with real glass lenses that they would be more susceptible to scratches and other types of damage; but the exact opposite is true. Glass lenses are exponentially more durable than plastic lenses and have less of a chance of getting scratched. Another big benefit of glass lenses is that they tend to be cheaper than glasses made with other lens material.
How we picked and tested
There are plenty of product roundups but we found no pre-existing research on the best qualities of the humble drinking glass, so we did two things: We researched the materials glasses are made out of, and we called up an expert glassblower.
Zachary Rudolph, an instructor at the Bay Area Glass Institute, told us a great glass “can’t be too wide because you want to be able to get your hand around it. It should feel nice in your hand. It shouldn’t be too heavy and when you bring it to your mouth to drink, your lips should just fit right around the rim, and it shouldn’t get in the way of your nose. You also want a nice thick bottom so when you set it down it’s not going to slide off the table.” Many of us have probably seen a lightweight glass hydroplane across a wet table, so this makes sense.
Through research we also decided that a perfect all-purpose drinking vessel should be made of tempered glass, a process that heats and cools the glassware in a way that makes it more durable and break-resistant (read more about that here). And when it does break, it does so in a less dangerous manner than untreated glass, crumbling into dull bits (relatively speaking – it’s still glass), as opposed to shards. This is what a kitchen needs!
We narrowed down the field with these criteria and ruled out restaurant options, like these Anchor Hocking glasses, because no matter where you look for them they’re only available in packs of 32.
A thin-walled, thick-bottomed Schott Zwiesel bar glass was heavy enough to shatter a stone tile.
Duralex is the heritage brand; they’re the Pendleton, Filson, or Heath Ceramics of glassware.
Our favorite all-purpose glass is the Duralex Picardie because using it feels great. But it also has less abstract qualities that make it ideal tableware—it’s made of shatter-resistant tempered glass, it’s lightweight enough that lifting it isn’t a chore, it stacks in cabinets, and it fits in the dishwasher. In the pantheon of drinking vessels, Duralex is the heritage brand; they’re the Pendleton, Filson, or Heath Ceramics of glassware. They also happen to perform better than anything else out there.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
Glass can still break. After all, it’s glass. The fact that we can drop it, heat it, chill it, bump it, topple it, jam it in the dishwasher, toast with it, chuck it in cabinets, and pound it onto a table over and over again for years is kind of an everyday miracle.
The Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar glasses survived all but the most extreme of our drop tests and they are lightweight, dishwasher-safe, and extremely compact when stacked. In fact, they were our former top pick, but over time we’ve come to notice how important the extra attention to detail is on the Picardie.
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Of the four glasses that survived the most extreme drop, two of them were from Bormioli. So if you have finished concrete floors in your house and bump this off a table, there’s a good chance it’ll survive.
The Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar glass hitting concrete from 4inches up.
Care and maintenance
Though we stress-tested our glasses, tempered glass isn’t meant to withstand extreme hot/cold temperature changes, so try to avoid abusing glasses that way. Porcelain and stoneware are better at handling hot liquids, so put your daily cup of coffee in those.
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I liked the lip of the glass, which was neither chunky nor delicate, but just right. I liked the way the glasses rounded in the middle so that they fit neatly in your palm yet stayed cool to the touch. With their sparkling faceted surface it was like drinking from a brilliant-cut diamond.
This being the age of being able to track down anything via the Internet, I turned over my glass to discover their maker was one Luigi Bormioli.
These glasses can be used for any purpose, but you can choose to use smaller glasses for water than you use for other beverages because a lot of guests use water to supplement their beverages, not act as their primary beverage. These glasses range from 5-1oz.
These glass mugs can be used to hold any type of warm or iced beverage such as coffee, tea, or cider. In a bar setting, they are often used to serve Irish coffee because the glass mug keeps the beverage warm while adding a decorative touch to the drink.
Beer Mugs & Steins
These heavy, thick mugs are designed to hold beer without breakage. They have sturdy handles for easier lifting. Beer steins are a special kind of beer mug that originated in Germany. A stein is much like a beer mug but includes a thumb rest or a lid.
Some glasses are specifically designed to hold pints of beer or pilsner and lager beers. Pilsner glasses are flared with the top being wider than the bottom. Pint glasses are perfect for holding water, soda, or beers and ciders from the tap.
Red Wine Glasses
Red wine glasses are designed to have a larger rim so that the person drinking the wine can smell the aroma while sipping the wine. Stemless wine glasses can also be used for red wines because the wine is served at room temperature and will not quickly grow warm in the guest’s hand.
These glasses are usually fluted with a tall and narrow bowl for holding champagne. The small opening helps keep the carbonation inside of the glass longer so that it keeps the drink from going flat. These glasses are great for holding mimosas and other cocktails as well as champagne.
This is the least popular material that is used for container manufacturing. The majority of bourbon containers made of this nature were more common among the Scottish people whose whiskey would come from a barrel. It is a cheaper, yet effective material and will sufficiently preserve the whiskey. Ceramic containers are considered an antique and traditional form of storing whiskey.
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 Old Fashioned Glasses wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Old Fashioned Glasses
- №1 — Marquis by Waterford Markham Double Old Fashioned Glasses, Set of 4
- №2 — Libbey 4-Piece Impressions Double Old Fashioned Glasses, 12-Ounce, Clear
- №3 — Swivel Double Old Fashioned Glasses, 12 Ounce – Set of 6