A buyer’s guide to Barware & Luxury Glassware Sets
Barware and luxury glassware sets can be confusing if you don’t know what to look for, but this guide will walk you through each of the different types and help you decide what to choose when it comes to buying these items.
There’s no doubt that over the years, the way in which we drink has changed. Barware and glassware sets have been redefined as we learn more and more about the alcoholic beverages that they contain. The glassware that you use often helps to improve the body and aromas of the drink which will help with its flavour.
Buying a quality barware and luxury glassware set is important but it’s not as easy as you might think. There are five factors that you need to take into consideration when buying these items. These include the cut of the glass, thickness, sound, refraction and weight. A significant proportion of the glass that is manufactured today is made from soda lime which makes up approximately 90% of the glass. This product is great for everyday use. Another type of glass which is more expensive, and delicate is crystal which is made from lead oxide, silica and potash. Often heavier, crystal glass has a much finer quality.
Crystal Glassware or Glass? How to spot the difference
When choosing between crystal glassware and glass there are some things that you can do to differentiate between the two:
Hold the glass up to a light source. If you see a rainbow effect in the glass, you know that it’s crystal
Tap the glass and if you hear a musical ring it’s likely to be made from crystal
Crystal can be very thin so usually if the rim is very thin it is more often than not made from crystal
Glass typically has sharp cuts, while cut crystal glasses will have clean, rounded cuts.
Types of Drinks That Require Special Luxury Glassware
Although there are lots of different types of luxury glassware sets and barware that you can buy, the type that you purchase will depend on a number of factors such as the type of drink you intend on serving. Here are a few:
- Champagne glasses are shaped in a flute to enhance the flavour of the grape as higher levels of carbon dioxide released in the bubbles collect mainly at the top of the glass.
- Red wine glasses are typically large, and bowl shaped with a long stem. This allows the red wine to come into contact with more air, helping the wine to open up and display more aromas.
- Martini glasses are small and in a Y shape. Commonly used to serve a variety of cocktails.
- Highball glasses are essentially tall and narrow tumblers often used to serve mixed drinks or cocktails.
- Lowball glasses are short tumblers and ideal for drinks such as scotch or whiskey on the rocks.
- Glasses for beer are typically large and tapered glasses. The wideness at the top of the glass will retain the foam on the head of the beer.
- Decanters are usually decorative in nature and they are a must have addition to your barware. They can help mix cocktails, serve water or aerate wine. The more intricate designs are typically made from crystal and they are more expensive.