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Old 08-11-2008, 04:28 PM   #31
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I am a big fan of the double-old fashioned glass for most cocktails with ice. But then again I am partial to mai tais and old fashioneds. However I will also use that glass for anything from a swizzle to a dark 'n stormy. Just like the way it feels in my hand, I guess.

For sipping rum, until recently I completely agreed with the opinion that if the glass did not leak - it was the right glass. However, I have to agree with the poster (sorry I forget who it was now that I am typing in this box) who mentioned the Riedel glass for rum & cognac.

I was at Tales of the Cocktail in July (the guy who unknowingly crashed the end of Ed's rum tasting at Arnauds) and was lucky enough to snag a seat at the Riedel seminar where everyone got to taste 3 spirits in 3 different Riedel glasses, as well as a snifter.

As you can guess, the point of the seminar was that after you smelled and tasted the same spirit from each of the different glasses, you easily came to the conclusion that one of each of the glass styles was best for each spirit. I thought it was a bunch of crap to be honest.

However, it really was amazing, I NEVER would have believed the glass could make a difference without trying it. Before anyone starts thinking that I work for Riedel - I don't, and frankly as amazed as I was, I was actually kind of pissed that now I might have to buy special glasses.

Then they told us that we got to keep the 10 glasses we used in the seminar. Which was very cool because although none of the spirits in the seminar was a rum, one of them was a cognac (along with tequila and scotch), which meant that I now owned a rum glass (or 3 of them actually).

Of course, when I got home the first thing I did with my new glasses was the same test with some Zacapa 23 and El Dorado 15. The cognac/rum glass really does make a difference in how the rum smells and tastes.

Some friends and I are now trying to acquire some similar (read: cheaper) glasses that have a similar shape to the Riedel glasses. No luck so far, but if we find them then we will put them to the test against the Riedels. It's tough work, but I promise you I will keep at it..
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:11 PM   #32
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check out the new Spirit Sippers' product, "The Flare" which I recently reviewed here on the forum.
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:42 PM   #33
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I think I've found the ideal rum glass!!!!!! Check out the photo on the top of my home page. (see below) cheers
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:14 PM   #34
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I used a snifter as my first rum glass, assuming that what worked for fine spirits ought to work. After I got a Ministry of Rum emblazoned London dock glass, I used that, especially as Dale deGroff suggests that a dock glass is superior. However, I just received Spirit Sipper's "The Flare" rum glass, and after trying it out, I was very impressed. I'm with Mr. Burr in suggesting the Flare as a wonderful tasting glass.

On a slightly different note, Rumelier, that's a completely ridiculous snifter. That's got to hold almost a litre. My snifter held about eight ounces...
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:16 PM   #35
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On a slightly different note, Rumelier, that's a completely ridiculous snifter. That's got to hold almost a litre.
He's just trying to be classy by not just putting a straw in the bottle...
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Old 08-13-2008, 02:56 PM   #36
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I couldn't find a straw big enough! It holds a lot more than a litre, though I'm not sure how much. It would be too heavy with much more in it. But could that be considered my exercise for the day??
I just got some nice "flare" style glasses fron Hennessy, they are great for holding the aroma inside the glass, but are really only meant for sampling as they are pretty small. They look nice on the bar though. I tried my first glass of Rubi Rey in one last night, pretty good stuff for a white rum. Then added a fresh key lime, a nice little drink after dinner.
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:10 PM   #37
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check out the new Spirit Sippers' product, "The Flare" which I recently reviewed here on the forum.
Thanks for the tip, Robert. I think I will get a set of these to compare with the Riedel glasses. Purely for scientific comparison, of course.

Who says science can't be fun.

Oh, and Rumelier - don't let the Riedel people catch with that snifter - they hate snifters for spirits because all the alcohol gets trapped and burns your eyes and nose before you can drink from it. Kinda funny they have that opinion since they sell snifters too.
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I just got a book which discusses the classic glasses before moving into the meat of the book (cocktails, in this case). The author suggests that while the snifter is much more elegant glass than a London dock glass (a point I disagree on), but that a snifter, at least of the traditional smaller style, is much worse for the aroma. This is a point I agree with, and, in my experience is born out quite well. I do question the mongo snifter. How much better is it than a cocktail glass? It may contain the aroma, but containing the aroma of even eighty mililetres of rum in upwards of a litre and a half (?) seems not much better than freely allowing the rum in the air.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:49 PM   #39
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I just ordered the “flare” and am curious how it will compare to the Mount Gay glass I most often use. The rocker-bottomed glass from Mount Gay is supposed to prevent your rum from spilling when some thoughtless bloke wake-slaps your dinghy into the shoreline.
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