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When thinking of a whisky glass, the rocks glass often comes to mind: the classic, cylindrical form that can be cradled in the palm. While this is perfect for those who take their whisky on the rocks, as there is ample space for ice, the form does very little to concentrate the aromas of the whisky.


A second style of glass commonly associated with spirits is the snifter, usually mentioned in the same breath as "brandy". These are as suitable for whisky as they are brandy, and are very comfortable to hold, as well as being designed to concentrate the aromas of the drink into one point. It is, however, impractical to use ice with these glasses, as the hand will cause the ice to melt very quickly.


Those who frequent spirits tastings will be familiar with the final category of glasses: the tulip, an example of which is the Glencairn glass. This style is common amongst blenders, critics, and tasters alike, and is designed to provide a good balance between the amount of liquid and air space in the glass.


A rule of thumb for pouring whisky, rocks glasses aside, is to pour just enough so that, when the glass is on its side, the dram is just about to spill out.