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The Glencairn Glass

We used to drink whisky in tumblers. Most of us still do, especially when ice is necessary. But we've learned a thing or two since dad taught us to tipple.

The really good stuff is crafted for straight-up sipping. And if you're holding a tumbler, you're missing the whole 360-degree experience. Much of the pleasure is in the aroma. To smell it properly, the glass must be tapered inward at the rim like a wine glass to focus the aromatics. A Cognac snifter works, but it's a little too French and genteel for John Barleycorn. The Glencairn Glass is your new whisky vessel. Made from lead-free crystal, it was developed in Scotland with the help of master blenders from the biggest distilleries and is endorsed by the Scotch whisky industry. The heavy base gives it ballast, while the narrow width leaves more room on your shelf - for whisky.

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