For many, the glass can make or break the bourbon tasting experience. Unlike single malt glasses, bourbon glassware is dedicated to the personality and preference of the individual drinker. Whether you prefer your bourbon in a classic cocktail or on the rocks, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we explore the best bourbon glasses available today.
Waterford Lismore Double Old-Fashioned Glass
The beautiful design of this glass from Waterford makes it ideal for after dinner drinks. Each glass is embellished with the classic Waterford pattern to give it a stylish and decorative feel. The medium size of this glass makes it perfect for either bourbon on the rocks or whiskey mixed with your favorite blend – the choice is yours!
If you want to purchase the Waterford Lismore Double Old Fashioned Glass, you can do so here.
Neat Artisan Spirits Glass
If you’re a fan of bourbon tasting, the Neat Artisan Glass is perfect for you. The clever design diffuses the harsh burn of the alcohol so you can really enjoy the taste of different liquors. This Neat glass is also great for those looking to enjoy their favorite bourbon without the taste of raw alcohol. The glass boasts a number of features that maximize the tasting experience including a low profile that brings your nose closer to the drink. Comfort was also at the forefront of the designer’s mind with the rounded base that sits perfectly in the palm of your hand.
If you want to purchase the Neat Artisan Spirits Glass, you can do so here.
Much like the Neat Artisan Glass, the Dartington Dimple Double Old-Fashioned Whiskey Glass has been designed to maximize the drinker’s experience. The short profile keeps your nose close to the liquid allowing you to breathe in the aroma of your favorite drink. Whether you’re partial to an Old Fashioned or you prefer your bourbon on the rocks, this sleek, crystal glass will be the perfect addition to your whiskey cabinet.
Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Glass
Although a snifter glass is designed for cognacs, this style of glass is also ideal for bourbon. The bowl-shaped design brings out the subtle flavors of your favorite blend. The rounded bottom also sits perfectly in the palm of your hand, allowing you to warm the liquid to your preferred temperature. If you prefer your bourbon on the rocks, the glass is large enough for you to pop in some ice cubes and enjoy the beverage cold.
If you want to purchase the Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Glass, you can do so here.
Orrefors Intermezzo Blue Glass
The Orrefors Intermezzo Blue Glass is the perfect combination of classic and contemporary. Designed by Erika Lagerbielke, the old-fashioned glass is modernized with a distinctive blue stem. As well as adding a pop of color to your whiskey cabinet, the unique design will make you look great while knocking back your favorite bourbon.
If you want to purchase the Orrefors Intermezzo Blue Glass, you can do so here.
Fortessa Tableware Solutions Whiskey Glass
Designed by Schott Zwiesel, the Fortessa Tableware Solutions glass is another strong contender. Each glass is crafted from Tritan crystal, a patented material that replaces the weaker components in traditional crystal with a mix of titanium and zirconium. This intelligent switch makes the material far more durable than regular crystal, making these Fortessa Tableware tumblers strong and scratch-resistant.
If you want to purchase the Fortessa Tableware Solutions Whiskey Glass, you can do so here.
Snowe Short Tumbler
If you’re a fan of a classic bourbon glass, Snowe’s Short Tumbler will not disappoint. The no-nonsense design is heavy, balanced, and chic, making it the perfect addition to a traditional whiskey cabinet. The glasses are made with leadless crystal to create a light but durable design. Another great feature is that they stack within each other – a rare find amongst modern bourbon glasses.
If you want to purchase the Snowe Short Tumbler, you can do so here.
This Norlan glass is an ergonomic, lightweight version of a Glencairn. Crafted from borosilicate glass, the tumbler is much lighter than your regular bourbon glass. Better still, the glass has a faceted based for a fingerprint-free grip, allowing your Norlan glass to look great the entire night.
If you want to purchase the Norlan Glass, you can do so here.
Dimera Regal Crested Whiskey Glass
Sold in a set of four, these Dimera Regal Crested glasses are ideal for sipping bourbon. The shape of each glass is similar to the Glencairn, but not quite as narrow; this means that these glasses can be used with ice whereas the Glencairn cannot.
The wide design of the glass holds up to 8oz of bourbon and ice, ideal for those who enjoy their bourbon on the rocks. The rounded bowl pushes the liquor towards the proper part of your pallet while the conical shaped top keeps the liquid close to your nose.
As well as maximizing the tasting experience, these Dimera glasses are aesthetically pleasing. Adorned with an authentic pewter crest, these glasses will add a regal touch to your whiskey cabinet.
If you want to purchase the Dimera Regal Crested Whiskey Glass, you can do so here.
The Man Myth Legend Sculpted Glasses and Personalised Decanter
If you’re looking for something a little ‘out of the box’, these sculpted bourbon glasses will not disappoint. Each glass features a unique ridged style, designed to fit comfortably in any hand size. Better still, the set comes with an Argos-style decanter that can be engraved with a name of your choice. Totally customizable, this set makes a great gift for birthdays, graduations, or any occasion worth celebrating! Each sculpted glass holds up to 10oz of liquor and measures 3.5″ x 3″. The personalized decanter holds up to 23oz and measures 10.75″ x 5″.
If you want to purchase the Man Myth Legend Sculpted Glasses and Personalised Decanter, you can do so here.
Iittala Ultima Thule
Textural and sophisticated, Iittala’s Ultima Thule glass showcases the artistry of Finnish glass making. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala, the distinctive shape and textural surface is based upon melting ice. The organic surface gives the glass a translucent appearance, adding a classy touch to your bourbon of choice. While they may look delicate, each glass is dishwasher safe for ease of use.
If you want to purchase the Iittala Ultima Thule, you can do so here.
Sir Jack’s Ox Horn Double Old-Fashioned Whiskey Tumbler
Handcrafted in England, the Ox Horn Double Old-Fashioned Whiskey Tumblers are made from natural horn. As well as providing durability, the natural product provides an interesting variation in both grain and color. As each tumbler is handcrafted from natural horn, no two glasses will be the same. Before hitting the shelves, each tumbler is polished to a brilliant shine and engraved with the iconic Sir Jack’s logo. The tumblers are sold in sets of two with each glass holding up to 8oz of liquor. The finished size of the product is 3″ x 3.4″.
If you want to purchase the Ox Horn Double Old Fashioned Whisky Tumbler, you can do so here.
Blade Runner Whiskey Glasses
These Blade Runner glasses are the perfect gift for bourbon-loving Blade Runner fans. Featuring a square design with diagonal cuts at the angles, the glasses were modeled after the exact same tumblers used by Deckard in the movie. Each glass is carefully handmade in Italy using mouth-blown crystal glass.
If you want to purchase the Blade Runner Whiskey Glasses, you can do so here.
Waterford Mad Men Double Old-Fashioned Glasses
When designing these Mad Men glasses, Waterford paid close attention to period detail. As well as honoring the critically acclaimed show, the old-fashioned glasses take us back to a time when sipping bourbon in the office was the norm. Just like the time period they celebrate, the glasses are anything but inconspicuous; instead, each glass is deep cut and finished with a band of rich gold and platinum. Larger than average, each glass holds up to 12oz of liquor and ice and measures 3.5″ x 3.5″. To keep the glasses in mint condition, wash them by hand with mild soap and warm water.
If you want to purchase the Waterford Mad Men Double Old-Fashioned Glasses, you can do so here.
The Lowball Machined Whiskey Tumbler
The Lowball Machined Whiskey Tumbler has another unique design. The interior is contoured with CNC Lathe to create the ideal whiskey hourglass snifter profile while the optimized geometry allows the glass to fit perfectly in your hand. During the construction process, an advanced CNC mill was used to create hundreds of intersecting passes of the cutting head. The result of this is a gorgeous gradient texture that makes the glass aesthetically pleasing. The glass also features an optimized lip to minimize drip, allowing you to enjoy every last drop of your favorite bourbon.
If you want to purchase the Lowball Machined Whiskey Tumbler, you can do so here.
Waterford Aras Old Fashioned
Producing fine crystal glassware since 1783, Waterford understands what makes a bourbon glass great. Crafted entirely of crystal, the Aras Double Old Fashioned is the perfect glass for any vintage whiskey. The intricate design is inspired by the turrets lining the castles of Waterford’s native Ireland. Ideal for gifting, this set comes with two black marble coasters engraved with the classic W logo.
If you want to purchase the Waterford Aras Old Fashioned, you can do so here.
Iittala Aarne Double Old-Fashioned Glass
Mouthblown out of clear glass, Ittala’s Aarne Double Old-Fashioned glass is chic, sleek, and modern. More like a shot glass than a classic bourbon glass, the glass is designed specifically to prevent dripping. The streamlined design features a solid base and sleek edges with a slight flare.
Host Whiskey Freeze Cooling Cups
If you love a cold glass of bourbon, nothing will beat Host’s Whiskey Freeze Cooling Cups. After just two hours in the freezer, the cooling gel in the glass will keep your favorite drink chilled for hours. Unlike melting ice, the specially designed glasses won’t water down your liquor. To keep your hands from getting chilly, each glass features an insulated silicone band. For best results, place your cup upside down in the freezer to allow the gel to evenly spread and freeze.
If you want to purchase a Host Whiskey Freeze Cooling Cup, you can do so here.
Bormioli Cassipea Rocks Glass
Crafted in Italy, Bormioli’s Cassipea Rocks glass is one of the coolest picks on the list. The unique geometric design doesn’t just make the glass comfortable to hold, it also gives it a modern, futuristic look. Available in either clear or smoke grey, each glass holds up to 11.25oz of liquid and is dishwasher safe.
If you want to purchase the Bormiolo Cassipea Rocks Glasses, you can do so here.
Final Touch on the Rock
Complete with a silicone ice ball mold, the Final Touch on the Rock glass is ideal for those who enjoy their bourbon on the rocks. Bringing both chilling and motion to the tasting experience, the unique design allows you to roll the ice ball around the rock peak with a simple motion. As well as chilling your drink, the rolling motion of the ice ball will release the aromas of your favorite liquor.
If you want to purchase the Final Touch on the Rock glass, you can do so here.
Modeled after Swiss Alps’ Matterhorn peak, this Matterhorn Glass is more interesting than the average bourbon glass. Crafted from crystal glass, the tumbler features the famous Alpine mountain emerging from the bottom. The unique design looks even more impressive when it’s filled with your favorite drink. As well as looking cool, the design helps to open up the bourbon as you swirl it around.
If you want to purchase the Matterhorn Glass, you can do so here.
Viski Seneca Faceted Crystal Tumblers
The final pick on the list is the Viski Seneca Faceted Crystal Tumbler. Featuring a triangular base and nine trigonal sides, the glass sends splinters of prismatic light through your bourbon as you knock it back. While the design is geometric, the glass rounds out smoothly as it reaches the top to provide the perfect sip. The Viski tumblers come in sets of two and each hold up to 11oz of liquid.
If you want to purchase the Viski Seneca Faceted Crystal Tumblers, you can so here.
Whether you’re a fan of a vintage cocktail or you prefer your bourbon neat, you should be able to find the perfect glass in the list above. Ultimately, the best bourbon glass is down to personal preference. As you experiment with different glassware, you’ll learn which style provides the best drinking experience for you personally.