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Mixers, Water, Ice and Glasses

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Old 12-27-2008, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default Not sure if I should get The Flare or not

My wife has asked me for gift suggestions. I was about to tell her I'd like a set of the Flare glasses from Spirit Sippers but I'm just not sure.

The reviews are mostly positive. My main concern however is that I prefer my rum and brandy both straight and warmed. I realize that most people say the snifter isn't best for rum but is there something I could get away with using for rum, brandy and perhaps tequila (I prefer silvers but might venture into some anejo or reposado).

The Flare looks great but doesn't have much in the way of warming area.
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:14 PM   #2
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Spirit Sippers have a holiday special until the 30th on their:

Essential Tasters Set


One of each of their tasting glasses at a bargain rate.

We got a couple of sets so that we can taste a nice variety. It includes a diminutive bourbon "snifter" which can double for brandy or warming other spirits. The set includes a Flare, so you can see how it works for you before getting a set.

We've been well pleased with each type. The only minor change which I'd recommend is using the foot of the "Glencairn" on the Flare, but the Flare is still great.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:01 PM   #3
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You know, I had discounted the set because I didn't think I'd get enough use out of it, plus it eliminates others from having the same glass. But this is a good deal and I think I would appreciate the different choices.


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Spirit Sippers have a holiday special until the 30th on their:

Essential Tasters Set


One of each of their tasting glasses at a bargain rate.

We got a couple of sets so that we can taste a nice variety. It includes a diminutive bourbon "snifter" which can double for brandy or warming other spirits. The set includes a Flare, so you can see how it works for you before getting a set.

We've been well pleased with each type. The only minor change which I'd recommend is using the foot of the "Glencairn" on the Flare, but the Flare is still great.
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:15 AM   #4
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I was on the fence about their stuff as well, but with the holiday sale it sealed the deal for me. I bought a whole set of the four different glasses and I'm plenty satisfied for the price.
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Old 12-28-2008, 11:01 AM   #5
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I would recommend the set of glasses. You will find that they all work well.
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:38 PM   #6
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I just bought ANOTHER set! Great glasses. Got my first set as a gift after I was asked to review the Flare. I use it every night.
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:50 PM   #7
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Default Flare Glass

Does anyone know where I can find a set of the Flare glasses now the retailer has closed shop?
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:35 AM   #8
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I have the same question. Late on the scene here, I would love to have the Flare. If only I paid more attention earlier, I might have access to this glass.

If the Spirit Sippers Flare is available, where can one get one, and if not, what would now be the rum glass of choice? In other words, if everyone who loved their Flares had to replace it, what would they get?
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:39 AM   #9
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Cane/Able, I have not found a Flare, but I have found some possibilities. I have the Glencairn Whisky glass pictured below, and a lot of people like it. I believe I get less nose with this glass:

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I do like the ISO wine tasting glass, however. It holds about 7 oz. and offers a good nose. It's the smaller one in the below photo.

ISOwinetasting.jpg

You might also try the Celtic Malts Single Malt glass:

CelticMaltsWhiskyglass.jpg

or the Reidel Sommelier Cognac Hennessy glass:

ReidelCognacHennessy.jpg

I have not tried the last two. The Celtic Malts glass is reasonably priced, but the Reidel is about $50.

Finally, I have a double old fashioned glass that curves in as you go up, so that the opening is about a half-inch or more narrower than the base, and it works pretty well. (no photo).

Hope the above helps. I'm sure many others will have additional suggestions.
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When I'm tasting rums with a lot of flavor, I like to use a glass with a wider mouth than most of those above. The wider mouth also spreads the liquid across more of your tongue than, for example, the wine glasses above. I'm sorry to see spirit sippers out of stock and out of business.
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