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Choosing the Right Spirits Glass


We believe high-end spirits taste better with the right glass.

There are many different glassware options to compliment all the different cocktails, wine and spirits at today’s bars. As distillers, it’s essential that we help customers, bartenders, and tasting room visitors understand which glassware style pairs best with each drink based on function and visual presentation. 

Central Standard Rocks Glass

Glencairn glass

The unique style of this glass, with inward curved glass and tapered mouth allows the aroma of the whisky to enhance the experience of fine whisky.

Hi-Ball glass

Hi-Ball glasses are tumblers used to serve mixed drinks. Their tall and narrow shape helps preserve the bubbles in cocktails prepared with soda or tonic. Usually they are taller cocktails and mixed with non-alcoholic mixers and poured over ice.

Margarita glass

Margarita’s frozen or on the rocks, can be served in a Margarita Glass. The rim is larger than normal for optimal salt (or sugar) to drink ratio.

Martini glass

Shaken or stirred martinis are chilled and served without ice which is why most Martini Glasses have a stem. Holding onto the stem helps maintain the temperature of the chilled drink. The classic “V” shape not only helps prevent the ingredients from separating it helps with the delivery of that amazing aroma.

Mason jar

Mason Jar
A worthy alternative to the standard glasses, the classic Mason Jar can be used for all kinds of mixers.

Old Fashioned glass

Old Fashioned
Old Fashioned glasses are short tumblers and great for serving a variety of cocktails including the famous Old Fashioned. The base makes it sturdy and difficult to tip.

Rocks glass

Rocks glasses are designed for elegance and stability. A rocks glass is used most frequently for spirits which are poured over ice, known as “on the rocks.”

Shot glass

Shot glasses are typically used for straight shots of alcohol like tequila or schnapps. Whereas, shooter glasses are used for small cocktails, alcohol mixed with non-alcoholic ingredients.


Many of our favorite spirits glassware pieces are now available even faster

Add a touch of glass to your tasting room experience or gift shop with custom old fashioned glasses, hi-balls, mason jars, and more - all available to ship within 10 days of decoration via our QuickTurn Glassware Program

Behind the Glencairn Whisky GlassGlencairn YouTube Video

Whiskey (or whisky as it’s spelt in Scotland) is the spirit of the Celtic country. It exemplifies style and character, it’s an old friend who doesn’t ask silly questions, and it’s a cure for what ails you. From the barrel to the bottle, it embodies Scottish individuality, enthusiasm and creativity. And thanks to Raymond Davidson of Glencairn Crystal, whisky now has its very own glass.

Boelter is excited to be the official glass decorator of the Glencairn Whisky Glass.

Pure dead brilliant, the Glencairn Whisky Glass has earned its place in the world of Great Scots. Since its launch in 2001, it has won numerous awards, including the Queen’s Award for International Trade and Innovation. Its development involved pulling together the master blenders from the five largest whisky companies and asking them to perfect Davidson’s initial design. The result: the ultimate vessel for bringing the world the perfect whisky drinking experience.

Today, the Glencairn Glass can be found at every distillery in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, as well as the majority of United States distilleries.

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