Choosing the Right Glass

Do different glasses suit different wines, beers or spirits better?

Yes, they do. Certain glasses are specifically shaped to accentuate the unique characteristics of wine, beer and spirits. Here are a few samples:-   

Red Wine – Typically these will be a bit taller and have a larger bowl than. In general, reds are bigger and bolder wines so they require a larger glass to allow all those aromas and flavours to emerge.

White Wine – Typically this glass will be more U shaped and upright, allowing the aromas to be released while also maintaining a cooler temperature. The white wine glass style that’s best for younger whites has a slightly larger opening directing the wine to the tip and sides of the tongue to taste its sweetness. The glass for more mature white wines will be straighter and taller to dispense the wine to the back and sides of the tongue to taste its bolder flavours.


Whiskey – We have compiled the four most common glasses for you to drink your whiskey from:

  • The Old Fashioned Glass – or Whiskey on the Rocks
  • The Shot Glass – for fast ingestion
  • The High Ball Glass – for drinking Whiskey in cocktails
  • The Snifter Glass – for drinking Whiskey neat

Beer – Most people are familiar with the word “head” when it comes to talking about beer. The head is important because it acts as a sort of lid to trap the volatiles in the beer. We have compiled the most common glasses for you to drink your beer from:

  • Pint Glass –Best for crisp Wheat beers
  • Beer Mug – The thick walls ensures that your beer stays cooler for longer
  • Goblet – Tend to be more delicate and thin, thus maintaining a nice head
  • Snifter – The wide bowl allows the aromas to escape, enhancing the taste
  • Tulip – Not only helps trap the aromas but also maintains large heads
  • Flute – Ideal for light fizzer beers
  • Stange – Amplifies the flavour when drinking a light beer
  • Tasting or Sampler – These can be found in all shapes and sizes, typically the idea is you have a rare or nice beer, it’s a great way to split and everyone experiences the full flavour.

Spirits – The world of spirits and cocktails glasses is varied, so here the most common types you'll find:

  • Cordial – These are small stemmed glasses designed to hold just the right amount of your favourite drink
  • Tumbler – Basically a flat-bottomed glass with a wide body and a typically simpler shape that opens up at the mouth
  • Martini – Like a wide bowl with a thin stem
  • Shot – A simple short glass cylinder that hold just a small amount
  • Slim Jim – This is the good old fashioned tall narrow glass that is universally used