Which Cognac Glasses and Snifters are the Best?
Cognac is known to be one of the finest drinks there is. Its history dates back hundreds of years and the rich flavor and aromas are enjoyed around the world. Now, how to be pay tribute to this exceptional drink when we serve a cognac, what is the best cognac glass for drinking brandy?
How do we consume it in the “correct” way, respecting this age old tradition? As we know, cognac can be enjoyed in many different ways, including mix drinks and cocktails. But let’s focus on the traditional way of serving it: straight. Here come Cognac Expert’s favourite cognac glasses:
Riedel Vinum Hennessy Cognac glass (tulip glass)
Riedel has designed an elegant tulip glass for cognac, suggesting that the traditional balloon glass is not necessarily the only way to drink your cognac. In fact, amongst connoisseurs, this glass captures the aroma of the cognac in the best way, and at the same time allows it to breathe sufficiently to set free the taste. The glass has a long stem and a bell that opens up towards to top, slightly flaring outwards. The shape allows the nose to be concentrated towards the top, which makes the tasting experience even more special. The Riedel cognac glass it is a beautiful addition to any household that prides itself with serving cognac. You cannot go wrong!
Schott Zwiesel Pure Cognac Glass (snifter)
If you are into a little bit of a modern look combined with old-fashioned elegance, this glass is worth looking at. Schott Zwiesel’s Pure cognac glass, which is a balloon style glass. Similar to the Riedel Vinum cognac glass, this balloon glass is made of thick glass and therefore gives the feeling of holding something proper in your hand. Normally, balloon glasses, which have an extra large bell and close towards the top, are made of thin glass. But the Schott Zwiesel glass has a heavy base and relatively thick rim. It is the contemporary version of a classic cognac snifter.
Ravenscroft Traditional Cognac Snifter (snifter)
This cognac snifter, also known as balloon glass, is a beautiful, classical cognac glass to match a cozy fireplace atmosphere. In contrast to the Schott Zwiesel snifter, it is made of very fine and thin crystal. The shape is also very elegant, with not too much of a round “belly”, but more of a curvy form. It is quite high for a balloon glass, hence the feeling that you’re drinking out of a slightly more special glass than your average snifter.
Normann Copenhagen cognac glass (balloon glass)
This glass is definitely the most avantgarde of cognac glasses. The shape of the vessel is similar to any other balloon glas, but the big difference is that it has no stem. This means that the bell of the glass is literally rolling on the table as you put it down. leading to a constant movement of your cognac to release even more aromas than normal. Although they may be a little complicated to store (as they have no sturdy base), they are without doubt a great surprise to cheer up your guests. With the Normann Copenhagen cognac glass, the traditional drink is crossed with modern Scandinavian design. It’s pretty cool.
Riedel Vinum Cognac Balloon Glass (balloon glass)
This is the most classic cognac glass with a high quality of this old, family-run glass company. A simple balloon glass with a low base and a large surface for the cognac to unfold its bouquet, with this glass you can’t go wrong. And if you’re more of a traditional person, you’ll appreciate this glass very much.
Expert have come to the conclusion that the tulip shaped glass is in fact the better vessel to enjoy your cognac in, but of course there are many ways to drink cognac – in the end, it should be everyone’s very own enjoyable experience, not a standard procedure.