What’s in a glass?

It is not until recent, that I have really taken grasp of the importance of the humble Whiskey Glass.

A whiskey glass is not just for holding one’s most precious whiskey, but it is a vessel that enhances the overall enjoyment, experience and maximises the sensory arousements that Whiskey can bring.

I am fortunate to own several types of glasses from the standard straight wall glass tumblers, to Royal Dolton Crystal, several Glencairn glasses and two Pure Schott glasses. In the past I would normally place 3CL or 30ml into one of my straight walled or Pure Schott glasses and not have given it a second thought.

That is, until now.

A few days ago I was window shopping when one of the hand blown Whisky glasses by Denver Liely caught my eye. I had heard of Denver Liely before, but never come across it in my travels.

Denver Liely is the brainchild of two Melbourne designers, Denver Cramer and Liely Faulker and the glasses are beautiful.

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Denver Liely are into their 7th Batch of this hand blown whisky glass. The glass I purchased was from this batch as you can see in the photograph. Denver Cramer recently advised me that batch 7 and 6 comprised of 3000 glasses each. Batch 2 through 5 were limited to 1,000 units. Whilst the first batch was limited to only 100 units – each were individually numbered 1-100. (Gee – wish I could get my hands on one of these – what a collector’s piece).

Showcasing the world wide demand for a decent Whiskey glass, the first batch sold out in 1.5hours! Remarkable. Demand is currently so high that between batch 6 and 7, the company was sold out for 2.5 months.

Each glass is sold individually and retails for $50 each. So the question is, is it worth the investment?


In a rather rudimentary experiment, I placed 2CL of my recently reviewed Benromach Organic Single Malt Whisky into both my Denver Liely and into my other hand blown straight walled whiskey glasses. See below images.



I was surprised by the difference in aroma that the Denver Liely delivered compared to my traditional whisky glass. The wide base of the Denver Liely provides the Whiskey with a greater surface area to breathe and release its aroma. These are then ‘funnelled’ into the narrower neck of the glass where it concentrates allowing you to more thoroughly identify the notes and tones of the individual whisky.

The olfactory and taste senses are intimately entwined. This is where I found that the Denver Liely enhanced my overall enjoyment of a good Dram.

For me, the difference between the two glasses was substantial and made the $50 investment well worth while.

If you have invested into your own whiskey glass, which has enhanced your overall enjoyment of your whiskey , I would love to hear your thoughts.


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