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– Design:
– Large surface area helps evaporate liquid
– Narrow top traps aroma inside
– Rounded bottom allows cupping in hand to warm liquor
– Most snifters hold 180–240ml (6–8USfloz)
– Designed to hold proper amount when placed sideways

– Usage with beer:
– Snifter preferred for beer styles with complex aromas
– Ideal for beers with ABV of 8% or higher
– Suitable for imperial stout, Baltic porter, barley wine, and double IPA
– Attributes that make it popular for brandy also apply to beer
– Enhances the drinking experience by concentrating aromas

– References:
– Maryland Bartending Academy provides insights on Brandy & Cognac
– Samuel Adams features the snifter in America’s World Class Beer
– CraftBeer highlights the use of small tulip or snifter glasses
– Sources offer guidance on pouring and serving drinks
– References provide valuable information for drink enthusiasts

– Variants:
– Pipe glass or pipe snifter used for port and brandy
– Offers a unique design for specific types of liquor
– Different shapes and sizes cater to various drinking preferences
– Enhances the aroma and flavor profile of the drink
– Adds a touch of elegance to the drinking experience

– Expansion opportunities:
– Article on snifter glassware is a stub
– Wikipedia encourages expanding content on the snifter
– Category includes drinking glasses and drinkware
– Potential for further research and contributions
– Opportunity to delve deeper into the history and use of snifters

Snifter (Wikipedia)

A snifter (also called brandy snifter, brandy glass, brandy bowl, or a cognac glass) is a type of stemware, a short-stemmed glass whose vessel has a wide bottom and a relatively narrow top. It is mostly used to serve aged brown liquors such as bourbon, brandy, and whisky.

Cognac served in a brandy snifter
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