So you’re ready to taste? First things first, you need a good glass. Rocks glasses are great for drinking bourbon, but bad for tasting it. The open mouth of the rocks glass fails to trap any aromas and makes it difficult to get a good whiff of the spirit. Opt instead of some sort of tasting glass.
The small base makes a handy grip to hold the glass at various angles to really make it easy to get a good look at the appearance. The bulbous glass makes it easy to get a good swirl or two, and the narrow neck with flared rim allow the aromas to gather just under the edge and the alcohol smell to dissipate. Overall, it’s perfect for tasting.