Most wine drinkers know that different styles of wines demand different types of stemware. It seems like a pretension. But it's not. It's just a simple fact. Wines do taste different in differently shaped wine glasses.
And flavoured schnapps and liqueurs are no different from wines when it comes to suitable drinking glasses.
They too require their own special glasses.
So, when it's time to enjoy your carefully home made schnapps or liqueur, you should really give a little thought to choosing the correct glass.
As with wine glasses, a schnapps or liqueur glass should be made of crystal, be thin, colourless and transparent, unadorned, free of cuts and engravings.
It should have a stem and enough volume - and also have the right shape.
Schnapps and liqueurs with rich aromas are best served in glasses that resemble the tulip shaped stemware used for red wines.
But in smaller versions. For instance...
Glasses with a round or oval bowl tapering inward at the rim.
The tapered shape concentrates the aromas in the same way as a Spanish-style sherry glass does.
Schnapps and liqueur with lighter aromas should be served in stemware similar to those used for the Italian grappa...
...a glass with a round bowl that tapers upward to a small opening.
The small opening at the top retains, concentrates and intensifies the full range of aromas.
Tannin-rich schnapps and liqueurs are also known as bitters. They usually have very strong aromas that will seldom please your nose.
In your mouth, however, bitters are highly enjoyable.
Because in your mouth the bitterness will structure the aromas.
The strong aromas might become harsh and unpleasant if they are concentrated in a glass that narrows at the top. Therefore...
Serve your bitters in a glass with a wide rim to allow the aromas you sense with your nose to dissipate easily.
Stemware with triangle bowls, cordial saucers, shot glasses, etc. are fine for bitters.
Here in Scandinavia we have some well known and unique glassware manufacturers who make very fine crystal glasses and stemware - Holmegaard in Denmark, Kosta Boda and Orrefoss in Sweden, to mention just a few.
The problem for many is that they are much too expensive.
Earlier I had Holmegaard crystal stemware, but glasses break occasionally, so now I have a nice collection of crystal stemware from both Riedel in Austria and Spiegelau in Germany.
These glasses are plain, colourless, thin and have the right shapes and volumes - and then they are much more affordable. Especially the Spiegelau stemware.
No wonder they have become so popular - I really enjoy using their stemware for my wines, schnapps and liqueurs.