Owned by Glencairn Crystal Ltd. in Scotland, the glass was originally designed by Raymond Davidson- the company's managing director. But it saw the light of day when his sons retrieved it from an old filing cabinet and took it to the master blenders of some of Scotland's largest distilleries. Once their endorsement was acquired, the Scotch Whisky Association declared Glencairn to be whisky's official glass. The world's most complex spirit could now be savoured in a proper glass.
Glencairn's roots lie in traditional whisky nosing glasses or copitas used by blenders around the world. Its tapering mouth allows for ease of drinking while guiding the aromas towards the nose. The wide bowl allows for appreciation of the whisky's colour, and the solid base is designed to be easy on the hand.
Make no mistake- this is whisky's definitive drinking glass. And in 2006 it even won UK's Queen's Award for innovation. For those of us in India, I've found 2 options so far:
1. Walk into Keshav Prakash's The Vault in Mumbai and pick up a twin-pack for Rs. 2,025.
2. Order one glass at a price of Rs. 1,963 from zansaar.com