The story of the whisky drinking vessel dates back to the 16th Century, with a wooden cup called the quaich, derived from “cuach” – a Gaelic word that simply meant “cup”.
The design looked a lot like a shallow bowl, was constructed from wooden staves and had small handles on both sides.
Quaichs played an essential role at social gatherings. On arrival, guests were offered a quaich filled with Scotch whisky, the host proposed a toast, and then the Scotch whisky was consumed in its entirety. At the end of the evening, quaichs were refilled to provide a parting gesture, with the host once again proposing a toast.
It wasn’t until the 19th Century that the tradition of using a Quaich to drink whisky changed and a new whisky drinking vessel appeared.
The Whisky tumbler was and perhaps still is the most popular type of glass for drinking whisky. When you order a dram at a bar, that’s the glass most likely to be put in front of you and many whisky drinkers chose to use tumblers at home. A heavy-based crystal tumbler looks great, sits comfortably in the hand and is useful when it comes to housing ice and delivering that satisfying “clink”. Unfortunately, it isn’t any good for nosing. Tumbler’s wide rim and straight walls mean most of the aroma escapes the glass and your nose can only pick up a faint whiff of what your whisky actually smells like.
By the 1990s, interest in single malt whisky was booming, and the focus was placed on glasses that will focus on and enhance the aromas and flavour of the whisky.
The Snifter was the glass of choice. You may not have seen them behind bars but no distillery or blending lab is complete without them. They are the connoisseur’s choice and if you want to take your whisky very seriously you should probably consider owning one. But while a snifter is the best tool for nosing, it’s notoriously difficult to drink from and takes a bit of practice to master. If you don’t like to spill your whisky down the front of your shirt, you may want to stick to your Tumbler.
Then in December 2014, two Australian designers, Denver Cramer and Liely Faulkner have come up with what they consider the perfect whisky glass. Looking to fine-tune the experience of savouring a good whisky, Denver & Liely have devoted hundreds of hours to refining, prototyping and ‘testing’ and have created the D&L Whisky Glass.
So how does the D&L Whisky Glass work?
The hand-blown shape of the D&L Whisky Glass combines the benefits of taste and smell associated with a traditional whisky snifter with the versatility and style of a classic tumbler.
The wide base maximizes the surface area of a standard measure, funnelling the aromas through the tapered body to the optimally sized opening revealing the whisky’s full character. The best glasses make you feel like you are closer to the beverage, without a deep-cut crystal or rounded, fat lips and the D&L glass does just that. It is sleek, it makes the whisky look amazing and most importantly, you get the best glass for the whisky without feeling like a snob.
The D&L is a beautiful piece of glassware that would take pride on many whisky shelves. Each glass is individually packaged in a solid, snug-fitting cardboard container that makes it easier for packing and travelling.