Get the right glass for your favourite tipple
September 02, 2019
Whether your glass is half full or half empty do you know which is the right glass that will be just right for your favourite drink? It is a well-known fact that different drinks taste better in the right glass. Getting that choice right will enable you to enhance your drinking experience fully.
And as much as it is a personal preference, there is also some science behind it. However, with so many different styles available and so many people offering alternative drinkware solutions, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. So, Dartington Crystal is giving you the inside knowledge on glassware to help ensure you get the best flavours and drinking experience from your favourite tipple.
A touch of glass with Dartington Crystal
Dartington Crystal has been in business in North Devon for more than 50 years and is the UK’s only remaining glass factory. In their Torrington factory, they make around 1400 pieces of Dartington Crystal each day, that is about 350,000 pieces a year. While these beautiful glass products start with an inspired design, their creation from molten material requires the skill and artistry of gifted glassmakers. Many of its workforces have amassed considerate experience having trained and worked as glassmakers in some areas for 40 years.
They use traditional artisan method of white-hot molten 24% lead crystal is gathered on a blowing pipe (known as an iron) before it is mouth-blown and handcrafted into shape. Only necessary tools are used to produce the correct form and dimensions, plus an abundant element of physical effort, skill, precision and judgement. Once cooled at a controlled rate, the item is then finished and carefully inspected with only the most exceptional quality allowed to carry the official Dartington stamp of quality.
With all that experience under their belt, they have quite a few stories to tell. For example, did you know…
The right glass for red, white or rose
Perhaps the most deceptively overwhelming collection of glassware is the wine collection. You don’t need to worry about rushing out to buy a different glass shape for every type of wine. However, it’s worth remembering that a critical factor in getting the most out of your wine, (whatever colour takes your fancy) is the size of the bowl. As a rule of thumb, red wines benefit from a larger bowl to allow the wine to breathe and release the bolder and more complex flavours. A larger bowl for reds will enable you to swirl, sip and enjoy. Smaller bowls complement the light, delicate aromas of whites and rosés, although these can still be enjoyed from a larger glass if you prefer.
The right glass to capture all the bubbles
There is much debate surrounding the origins of champagne (or, sparkling white wine as it’s also known). The French will maintain it was invented in 1697 by monk Dom Perignon. However, a more recent discovery suggests it may be much closer to home, the Cotswold town of Winchcombe! Scientist Christopher Merrett claimed to invent English Sparkling wine as early as 1662. Regardless of its true origins, one thing that has never faltered is the enduring popularity. It is the original drink of celebration, synonymous with clinking glasses and heartfelt toasts and enjoyed from champagne flutes, named due to their slender, elegant design. The beautiful design doesn’t just enhance the sense of occasion and the taste but also preserves the bubbles – after all, there’s nothing worse than flat fizz.
Prosecco originates from Italy and the tulip-shaped design of an authentic prosecco glass works in a similar way to a champagne flute. Slightly wider and shorter than a traditional flute, the shape further accentuates the flavours of prosecco while still preserving those all-important bubbles.
The right glass for port or whisky
Use the smallest wine-shaped, sized glass derived from the wine family. The alcohol content of dessert and fortified wine is considerably stronger than that of red or white, so a more modest serving is typically offered. The small glass also helps to concentrate the sweeter flavours.
When it comes to enjoying whisky, everyone has their personal preference. Whether it’s mixed, neat or on the rocks, be sure to select the perfect glass to enhance your favourite tipple. Starting with an old classic, the tumbler is arguably one of the most popular choices. Versatile and timeless, it is the go-to glass for on the rocks or an old fashioned.
Beer does not have to be in a pint glass
Perhaps the most overlooked of all is the beer glass. It’s easy to think that you should drink all the beers in your standard pub pint glass. A lot of effort and expertise goes into craft and premium beers, so they deserve a glass style that shows off the flavours and aromas. Just like wine glasses or champagne flutes. Avoid drinking your high-quality beer from the bottle and choose a glass specially designed for it. A strong stout deserves a durable glass allowing you to swirl and appreciate the rich aromas. Light, bitter ales and IPA’s benefit from a slight tulip-shaped glass, helping the aromas to release but keeping a light, creamy head.
Gin-enius glass designs
The popularity of gin has skyrocketed over the past couple of years. There are now endless, gin combinations and flavours. It can be challenging to know which glass would suit your creations.
Created for all gin fans, Dartington Crystal has a selection of three great gin glasses helps you to discover and enjoy the best-tasting gin experience. The stylish martini cocktail compliments a classic highball and on-trend copa stem. Here is an explanation of how the glass shape really does compliment the drink?
The Copa glass
An excellent alternative for G&T that is particularly good for exploring different or new styles of gin and garnish combinations. Adopted from the gin bars of Barcelona, this full bowl is perfect for infusing the drink with a colourful, fresh garnish. The elegant stem best displays the visual splendour and keeps the hands from warming the ice.
- One measure (50ml) of your favourite gin
- Tonic water
- Fresh ice
- A thin slice of cucumber and sprig of fresh mint
Ideal for a more floral style of gin. Add a generous amount of ice to the glass then pour gin over before adding the tonic. Add the cucumber and mint garnish and stir. Make sure you are quick when adding the garnish as you want the fizz to tickle your nose as you smell the aromas of the G&T. Be creative with your garnish; different gins will recommend different garnishes to complement their botanical makeup.
The Highball glass
The traditional glass of choice for a great G&T. Tall enough for the right amount of ice with plenty of room for good measure of gin and tonic. The tall, slender shape helps keep the tonic water fizzing as you enjoy the drink. Also known by bartenders as a ‘Collins’ glass it can also be used for a wide variety of gin-based cocktails.
The perfect gin & tonic
- One measure (50ml) of gin
- Tonic water
- Fresh ice
- Lime or lemon – a curl of the rind- it’s the oils you want not the flesh
Swirl the ice inside the glass to chill it before preparing the G&T. Use plenty of ice. The more ice you use, the better the drink will be as it will stay cooler for longer. A stack of ice melts more slowly than a few cubes and is less likely to dilute the drink.
Pour in the gin of your choice, followed by a tonic. Finally, add the curl of lemon or lime running it around the rim before dropping it into the drink. Enjoy!
The Martini cocktail
A stylish glass classic, and the most elegant choice for serving a good Martini. The conical glass allows your well-chilled drink to glide smoothly onto the pallet with every sip. A slender stem keeps the hand from warming your alcohol and completes the sensual look and feel this glass.
The crisp, dry taste and bracing flavours of gin are the basis for a myriad of cocktail recipes, but perhaps the best known of all is the Martini. Although James Bond may have preferred his Martini’ shaken not stirred’; the expert consensus is that it should be the other way around!
- One measure (50ml) of gin
- Dry Vermouth (25ml)
- Mixing glass or metal shaker full of ice
- Twist of line zest or olive
Briskly stir Vermouth and gin over ice in the mixing glass or shaker. Strain into the Martini glass and add lime zest or olive. Dry and extra dry versions can be mixed using a lower ratio of dry Vermouth to gin. Use the same method for medium Martinis but use one part sweet Vermouth plus one part dry Vermouth with two parts gin. For a sweet Martini, mix one-part sweet Vermouth with one part gin.
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