Many of you have most likely seen the beautiful outward bowing bell-shaped glass that many of us whiskey-lovers use to enjoy our beloved distillation. Well, that, my dear reader, is called a Glencairn glass. But, do you know why we use them?
The bell shape helps to trap the scent of the whiskey (which we refer to as the “nose”). Not only that, but the bell shape increases the surface area and helps contain the whiskey so that you can swish it around in the glass to help oxidize it.