Crystal is a much more solid, sturdy material than regular glass, making it less likely to break during washing or day to day use. A high-quality set of crystal glassware can last for generations.
The sturdiness of crystal also allows it to be cut more finely without the risk of breakage, whereas regular glass has to maintain a certain level of thickness. When choosing wine glasses, this is a particularly important factor, as a thin rim greatly enhances the tasting experience.
Intricately cut crystal has an undeniable beauty that immediately elevates any occasion. Whether you’re entertaining guests or enjoying a pensive after-dinner drink, the artisanal handiwork of a fine crystal glass never fails to amaze.
Types of crystal glassware
Different drinks deserve purpose-built crystal glassware. Depending on your drink of choice, you might consider:
Crystal wine glasses
A quality crystal wine glass enhances the flavour of a wine by letting it breathe, with oxygen exposure across the surface area opening up the more subtle elements of the nose. The finer rim of a crystal glass also allows for seamless drinking.
Champagne glasses go beyond the standard flute. Crystal coupes, for example, are perfect for champagne cocktails or lending your toast a touch of 1920s style glamour. Decide which style is best suited for your next celebration with our crystal champagne glass guide.
Crystal cocktail glasses
Cocktail glasses come in all shapes and sizes, from classic martini glasses to tropically inspired hurricane glasses perfect for serving fruity blends. A range of cocktail glasses is, therefore, a must for any well-rounded home bar cart.
Whiskey glasses are designed for slow, contemplative sipping - either neat or with plenty of ice. As such, a classic crystal tumbler makes for the perfect serve. Its thickness insulates the ice from the heat of your palm and gives the glass a reassuring heaviness as you enjoy the spirit at leisure.
With its broad range of botanicals and garnishes, gin also warrants a glass of its own. This might be a gin balloon with plenty of room for ice and fresh ingredients or a classic highball glass for a G&T.