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What Glass Should You Drink Cognac From?

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Drinking cognac is a wonderful experience with all the rich, spiced flavours of the eaux-de-vie gracing your palate for that amazing mouthfeel. No wonder it is considered one of the world’s finest alcohol beverages.

Considering that cognac is a premium brandy, respect should be given to the drink especially as regards how it is consumed. However, many of us make the mistake of drinking cognac out of the wrong glass, which does no good for the flavours released when we pour.

For cognac purists, there are only two types of glasses you should drink cognac out of – a ‘Tulip Glass,’ or a ‘Balloon Snifter.’

Tulip Glass

The Tulip glass is widely heralded as the king of cognac glasses. It is a long, bell-like wine glass which allows the aromas to concentrate on the surface of the cognac.

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The Tulip Glass

The design of the tulip creates a maximum surface area for the cognac, and at the same time directs the flavours and bouquet upwards towards the nose. The creates a maximum impact on the senses as the aromas are concentrated, giving you a better drinking experience.

The tulip comes with a long stem that extends up to a wide bowl. The bowl is curved inward then flares slightly at the rim – creating a mental picture of the flower from which the glass derives its name. It is typically used for drinking XO cognacs and other vintage cognacs.

Balloon Glass or Snifter

This also known as the Brandy Ballon or the Brandy Snifter. It is the traditional glass used in drinking all types of brandy, including cognac. The balloon is of two types – the classic (large) balloon and the regular (small) balloon.

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The Snifter or Balloon Glass

The regular balloon is used for non-vintage cognacs while the classic balloon is used for vintage cognacs. The classic balloon has more space to accentuate the deep flavours of the cognac.

The balloon has a short stem and a wide bowl that narrows as it extends to the rim. This accentuates the flavours of the cognac. However, the effects are to a lesser degree than those experienced with the tulip glass.

Wobble Glass

The Wobble glass is a 21st century re-designed regular snifter. It is a trendy looking glass that comes without a stem. As such, they can’t be put down, forcing you to hold the cognac in your hand and bring it to temperature with the warmth of your palms.

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The Wobble Glass

The warmth further releases the intense flavours of the cognac, making it hit the nose pleasantly with every sip.

So which glass is the best?

For Cognac experts and purists, the tulip glass is most prefered. It is believed that the glass catches the aroma perfectly while letting it aerate sufficiently.

The snifter is, however, most popular among the regular cognac drinking crowd. In addition, the snifter has an elegant design that speaks of old-fashioned style and is sync with the elegance of the drink.

The most important thing, though, is to use a glass that will allow the liquor breathe freely, while also directing the aromas upwards to the nose.

Other Glasses?

With the proliferation mixed drinks and cocktails, it is permitted to use any other type of glass that matches your mixer. You can use tall or short glasses, martini glasses,  or rock glasses.

For improvisational purposes, you can always use a regular wine glass with a rim that narrows upwards. Although, for the best cognac tasting experience, we would advise you get a set of tulip glasses or snifters.

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What Glass Should You Drink Cognac From?

Posted on 02 20, 2018

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11 Most Popular Cocktail Glasses You Should Know

Cocktails bring a world of no limits to the alcohol drinker. It brings a whole new adventure in enjoying your favourite vodka, rum, whiskey or gin.

From what was an accidental trend, cocktails have fast become an art in the beverage industry. It is an art that has gone far beyond the mixing of drinks, to the glasses used in serving the drinks.

According to hospitality specialist, Anthony Shishler in an interview with Spirit Magazine, mixologists,

“…are making cocktails out of fish bowls, kids’ toys, coconuts, and whole watermelons. Anything, in fact, that can hold liquid.

“As long as it can hold liquor and it’s hygienic, it’s up to the creator of the cocktail to make the glass look like a part the creation.”

However, there are some classic glasses that are traditionally used in making cocktails.

Below are 11 cocktail glasses you should know

Martini

The Martini glass is also known as the Cocktail glass. It is one of the most used cocktail glasses. The 20cl glass is usually chilled in a cooler or a freezer, or by chilling with ice and soda.

Collins

Commonly called a highball or long-drink glass, a Collins usually varies in height, but the 40cl volume is standard.

Sling

This is a tall, skinny glass used for drinking beer in Germany. For the cocktail art, the 35cl glass is used to make punches.

Old Fashioned

The old fashioned glass is typically made for the classic and popular old-fashioned cocktail. However, it is also used for serving whiskeys. It comes in a 32cl volume.

Rock

The rocks glass is designed like an old fashioned but relatively stronger. It is perfect for cocktails that are muddled in the glass. It’s a 30cl glass.

Shot

From the name, you can tell what the glass is meant for. It is commonly used for modest cocktails and it has a 5cl volume.

Flute

The Flute is used for champagne cocktails. Just like the martini glass, the flute is usually chilled before the cocktail is poured. It is a 15cl glass.

Coupette

Magaritas and coupettes go together. It is chilled first, then the rim is laced with salt before being used. It has a 22cl volume.

Hurricane

It is sometimes called the Poco Grande. Cocktails like Coladas and other variations that are blended are a perfect fit for this 40cl glass.

Toddy

The Toddy is used to serve most warm cocktails like the Irish Coffee or Hot Toddy. The glass comes with a handle which makes it easy to handle and has a volume of 24cl.

Snifter

A Snifter is a traditional cognac or brandy glass. As such, it is the perfect glass for serving cognac or brandy-based cocktails. The 35cl glass is sometimes known as the Balloon.

 

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Posted on 02 09, 2018

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Do You Know Your Wine Glasses?

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Wine glasses are as important as the content of the wine bottle itself. Why? Because using the right wine glass brings out the full aromas and flavours of the wine.

While many of us enjoy drinking wine, we miss out on the perfect experience because of the kind of glasses we pour our wine into.

The basic wine glasses are the red wine and white wine glass. However, there are different glasses for different wine styles – red, white, rose.

We bring you the different types of wine glasses you should know and use.

Bourdeaux

  • It is usually taller than the traditional red wine glass
  • It has a large bowl that allows both fresh and more matured wines to breathe.
  • Brings out the depth of aromas for from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc wines.

Burgundy

  • It has a large bowl and slightly tapered rim
  • It is the perfect glass for full-bodied wines as it blends acidity with moderate sweet tannins.

Cabernet

  • This is the standard red wine glass
  • It is tall with a full-size bowl to aerate the wine
  • It has a tapered rim that directs the wine to the centre of the palate.

Pinot Noir

  • It is tall with a narrower rim that directs the wine to the tip of the tongue
  • It is designed specifically for lighter full-bodied wines
  • It suppresses the alcohol and enhances the blend of sweetness and high acidity

Zinfandel

  • It has large bowl on a short stem
  • The tapered rim directs the wine to the mid-section of the palate
  • It enhances the spicy and fruity finish of the wines

Chardonnay

  • Just like the Cabernet is to red wines, the Chardonnay is the traditional white wine glass
  • It has a large bowl to aerate fresh wines
  • It enhances the spicy and nutty flavours of more matured wines

Champagne/Sparkling Wine Flutes

  • It is stylishly slim and tall to make the bubbles stay longer
  • The slim nature creates aesthetics of the bubbles floating upwards
  • It enhances the richness and complexity of champagnes and sparkling wines

Sweet Wines

  • Elegant in shape with a narrowed rim
  • It has a smaller bowl for more concentrated flavours
  • It sets off the acidity and sweetness of dessert wines

Viognier

  • It is designed for light and crisp white wines
  • The bowl aids the acidity of wines
  • It is perfect for all types of white wines

Rose

  • It has a short bowl with a tapered rim and flared lip
  • It minimizes the bite and enhances the sweetness of crisp rose wines
  • The flared lip directs the wine to the tip of the tongue where the sweet taste buds are strongest.
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5 Weird Reasons Why We Clink Glasses Before Drinking

It is normal to find a group of friends gathered at a bar, raising their glasses in the air and clinking them before drinking its contents.

The culture has become global that we sub-consciously don’t pay attention to it anymore, and you can agree that even when you say “cheers” while clinking glasses, your attention is nor precisely there.

Where did the culture of clinking glasses come from?

Here are 5 weird beliefs on how clinking of glasses came to be:

Get Away You Evil Spirit!

This is one of the oldest beliefs why glass clinking started. It is said that the early Europeans believed the sound that comes from clinking glasses chases away evil spirits. So it became a regular norm for people to clink their glasses together before celebrations to chase away any evil spirit that may be lurking. The belief is similar to the ancient tolling of church bells at weddings, and the loud shouts and noisemaking at the stroke of twelve on New Year’s Eve.

A Habit of Mistrust

Evil does not only come from evil spirits, the ancient wine drinkers also believed men were capable of evil. When drinking together, the clinking of glasses was meant to cause some of the drink from each cup to spill into the other, thus eliminating any suspicion that one was poisoned by your drinking partner.

Some people believed this was done in good faith. More like, “See! I did not poison the drink. And even if I did, I am drinking it as well.”

Complete Drinking Experience

It is commonly said that every wine made should fulfill all five senses—its colour, aroma, body, and taste. The clinking of glasses is believed to supply the fifth. This is said to give the complete wine experience. So apparently, people can taste alcohol with their tongue (taste), see alcohol with their eyes (colour), smell alcohol on their nose (aroma), feel alcohol when it enters the bloodstream (body). What is left is to hear the alcohol, which is why we clink glasses before drinking. This is said to give the complete drinking experience.

Communal Celebration

Most recently, the practice is believed to be one of a communal celebration of friends and/or family coming together to share a drink. Symbolically, it is believed as the wine glasses are brought together, so are the people holding them. The belief takes a deeper level, as some people believe that the liquor re-communes with itself on the clinking of glasses. In other words, that which had been one (when it had been in its own bottle) but was separated (when it was poured into a variety of glasses) is brought back into contact with the whole of itself, if only for a moment.

An Offer of Good Wishes

In modern culture, most people offer up good wishes during a toast or before drinking – another reason for clinking glasses. The tradition is believed to have originated with the Greek and Romans who raised glasses of wine to the air while offering sacrifices to the gods. The Brits say ‘cheers’ which Nigerians have adopted. Meanwhile, in South America, you hear ‘salud’.

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