Drinking whiskey is, for many, nothing short of a spiritual experience. There’s a whole process to it all; the pouring of your favorite brand, deciding whether to drink it on the rocks or neat and having a pleasant conversation with a friend or loved one. Yet, if you don’t have the proper glassware, you’re missing out on a crucial piece.
Investing in the proper whiskey glasses makes all the difference. There are a handful of different kinds —from double-walled to snifters, and even some strikingly designed ones — but each is crafted to ensure you’re getting the best taste possible. Whiskey glasses have a good heft to them, feeling sturdy and robust, much like the spirit itself.
No matter how and where you drink your whiskey, make sure you do so in one of the best whiskey glasses, which we’ve highlighted for you below.
1. Bavel Whiskey Glass
Textured for character with the perfect amount of weight, this set of four whiskey glasses from Bavel is easily our pick for best overall whiskey glass. The lead-free construction ensures you can drink safely while the thick-walled design makes the glass practically unbreakable, which means you can focus on just enjoying every single sip of your favorite whiskey. Oh, and the glasses are dishwasher safe, which makes cleaning up after you’ve had a sip (or several!) easy.
2. veecom Whiskey Glass
For under $15, these crystal whiskey glasses from veecom are a great value purchase. The previously mentioned crystal construction ensures durability, a good heft, and a clean finish while you’re drinking. The heavy base provides both a solid grip when you’re drinking from it while also making your favorite spirit insulated at your desired temperature for longer.
3. GLENCAIRN Whiskey Glass
BEST SNIFTER-STYLE GLASS
Snifter-style glasses allow you to take in the aromas of your favorite whiskey thanks to their special shape. It’s basically like sitting in one of those 4D movie theaters, but with booze. Glencarin makes the best snifter glass around, and this set comes with two, so you and a friend or loved one can enjoy new dimensions of your favorite whiskey. But sip slow, friend. This glass encourages a ritual that is not to be rushed.
4. LANFULA Twisted Whiskey Glass
MOST FUN DESIGN
If you’re in the mood to diversify your existing whiskey glass collection or need to get a gift for someone that already has quite a few, these twisted glasses from LANFULA make a great addition. The glass is still crafted from that fantastic clear crystal for durability, heft, and a good sparkle while you drink. Plus, the standard 10-ounce capacity means there’s more than enough room to hold your favorite drink.
5. BROTEC Whiskey Glass and Decanter Set
BEST FOR NEWBIES
If you’ve decided you want to commit to the whiskey lifestyle fully and don’t already have a good setup for your new obsession, this complete set from BROTEC has all the essentials. The set comes complete with wrap-style whiskey glasses, a decanter for your new favorite spirit, coasters and even a set of whiskey stones. The slightly larger glasses (11 ounces instead of 10) mean you can fit even more into a standard pour while the decanter’s 30-ounce capacity will hold pretty much any bottle. And it comes in a stylish box, making it easy to store or gift.
6. Final Touch Whiskey Glass with Ice Ball Maker
If the hard-bottom, crystal-style glasses aren’t your bag and you’re instead looking for something a bit sleeker, this whiskey glass from Final Touch is a fantastic alternative. But the glass design is about more than just looks; it serves a functional purpose as well. By placing the handily included ice sphere inside the glass, the spirit is naturally chilled thanks to the spherical nature of both the glass and the ice. In short, it’s a fancy way to bring an even better taste to your drink.
7. Norlan Whiskey Glass
Refined by master distiller Jim McEwan, the Norlan Whiskey Glass is both a snifter-style and an insulated glass. Formed by glass blowing techniques, the two-part molds makes for a light, yet sturdy, construction that provides superior aeration and aroma focus when compared to other glasses. Additionally, the dual-wall construction keeps the glass from getting too cold and allows the ice to only touch the spirit instead of a surface, as well.
8. Godinger Cigar Whiskey Glass
BEST FOR CIGARS
There are few things better than pairing a great glass of whiskey with a cigar. But sometimes you don’t want (or have space) to set down your cigar while you drink. Both novel and practical, Godinger’s whiskey glass has a notched cutout for your cigar where it can sit while you sip on your drink. Don’t worry about your cigar falling into your mouth, as the cutout is safe and secure, cradling it in place.
9. Dragon Glassware Whiskey Glass
Another unconventional whiskey glass is this titled option from Dragon Glassware. Through some clever engineering, the glass is inspired by diamonds and helps to aerate whiskey better as it’s poured and consumed. Spillproof (despite its angle), the glass is bound to be a conversation starter in any home.
10. Waterford Lismore Evolution Whiskey Glass
Waterford has carved a name out for itself as the pinnacle of high-end glassware, and their take on a whiskey glass doesn’t disappoint. This set of four is made from the finest quality around, across four different designs to give each glass a unique bit of character. With an impressive 12-ounce capacity, they’re more than well-equipped to handle all of your favorite whiskies and will make you look even better while doing so.