Villeroy & Boch Gourmet Whisky Glasses and GIVEAWAY

Villeroy & Boch and 12 Bottle Bar are giving away a set of Villeroy & Boch’s Gourmet Whisky glasses – just in time for Father’s Day.  See below for details on how to enter.

When the company that makes the dishware for the Pope offers to send you some products for review, you respond in the affirmative.  At least, we do.  Over the past few months, we’d had requests to review lots of liquor, bar products, and even iPhone apps, but it wasn’t until Villeroy & Boch knocked on our door that we decided to invite these free samples in.  Sure, we reviewed Whiskey Stones awhile back, but Lars bought those himself because he was intrigued by their prospect.  Not so with the Gourmet Whiskey Collection glasses we received last month from Villeroy & Boch – these were free samples for us to take for a swirl.  Excellent – and here at last, was a product that complimented the whole 12 Bottle Bar philosophy quite nicely:  elegant, classic, and affordable.

Founded in 1748, when “Bombardier du Roi” (maker of royal cannons) Francois Boch and his sons decided to move from iron work to ceramic, the Boch family quickly became European “Manufacture Impériale et Royale”.  By 1770, Boch crockery was popular around the world, and in 1809, the company relocated to the former Benedictine abbey on the River Saar which continues to serve as its headquarters today.  It was grandson Jean-Francois Boch who, in 1829, created a real revolution for the company with his discovery of a way to make inexpensive earthenware that mimiced the brightness and hardness of expensive porcelain – a discovery which lead not only to numerous accolades but also to a vastly expanded market.  Those growing markets demanded new strategies, and in 1836 Boch merged with the rival Villeroy company, setting the stage for the company’s future.

Villeroy & Boch Headquarters

In 1843, glassware had been introduced to compliment the ceramics and to offer a “full range” for customers, and by the 1870s, Villeroy & Boch had become one of the world’s leading manufacturers in all manner of ceramics – from flooring and decorative tiles to sanitary items, such as washing vessels, many of which of which were produced for the royal families of Europe.  Even to this day, all across Europe, royal palaces, theaters, hotels, banks, swimming pools, hospitals, and more have been built using Villeory & Boch products.  New York’s Holland Tunnel was constructed using 10,000 square meters of the company’s tiles.  It’s Mettlach tiles decorated the Titanic.  And, of course, let’s not forget the official crockery of the Popes.

Just like all of the spirits and most of the drinks we feature here on 12BB, any product from Villeroy & Boch certainly has a wonderful pedigree.  But while pedigree alone will get you invited in the door, it doesn’t mean you’ll be asked to stay for dinner – which meant that we were going to have to put the Gourmet Whisky glasses through their paces.  Now, there are a couple of things we look for in glassware around here:  namely, construction and functionality.  While those terms may seem like we’re going to break out the tape measures and start talking about manufacturing processes, it’s really a lot more basic than that.

First, construction.  Is the glass well made, and does it feel like it?  I used to hate going into Cheesecake Factory restaurants because they used these ultra-light plastic beer steins that looked like glass.  Inevitably, I would be chatting with my dining companions while reaching for my glass – my brain sending signals on how much force I’d need to lift the thing, all of which were built upon false assumptions – and I’d nearly throw the drink in my own face.  Obviously, I exaggerate, but the perception my mind made was an incorrect one.  The point here is that a when you look at a glass, you make a judgment as to how it will feel in your hand.  Will it be heavy or light, thick or delicate?  When you pick up the glass, it should affirm those assumptions.

Canadian Whisky Tumbler, Single Malt Goblet, Single Grain Tumbler

Given that all of the Gourmet Whisky glasses are handmade crystal, you’re certainly getting a quality product.  The Single Malt goblet and Single Grain tumbler both have the appeal of fine wine glasses – delicate but sturdy enough for regular use.  Over the years, we’ve lost so much Riedel crystal due to its extreme fragility that we appreciate glassware with a slight more body to it.  The other style sent to us was the Canadian Whisky tumbler, which is the closest thing the line offers to a Collins glass.  Here, the heavy bottom gives the glass the kind of substantial heft we like for sipping a couple of fingers of Scotch.  The only misgiving we have with the design of this glass is the somewhat rounded bottom.  Although it rests perfectly flat, I found my brain not trusting it – afraid that it would tip over at any minute.  One final point on the construction:  the crystal used in all of the glasses is beautifully clear, without any of the gray/silver qualities found in ordinary glass.  It certainly allows for the beauty of each drink to shine through.

As for functionality, the two Scotch glasses – the Single Malt goblet and the Single Grain tumbler – perform their anointed tasks with aplomb.  Just as with fine wine glasses, the tall tulip bowls have been designed to allow spirit within to breathe while the narrow openings fit snugly around your nose, forming a trap for all those ethereal aromas.  From the photos, it should be readily apparent that the goblet can easily double for a wine glass, and the 16 ounce volume of the tumbler gives you plenty of room for just about any drink – with or without ice, straight pour or mixed.  If you saw the Monticello Cocktail that we did last November for the POM Wonderful contest, you know that these are shapes which we love – elegant yet simple enough that they’ll suit pretty much whatever you put in them.

The Canadian Whisky tumbler, on the other hand, is a bit of an odd duck.  At 8.5 ounces, it’s a little small for anyone one who likes a good deal of soda and some ice in their highball.  Villeroy & Boch’s best alternative in the collection is the Straight Bourbon tumbler, which supports a nice 11 ounces but which appears to be a bit too wide for a proper Collins.  We like supermodel styling here – tall and thin.  That said, I love the weight of the glass and its modern styling (aside from the rounded base).  If you’re happen to be a fellow blogger, it also photographs beautifully.

Overall, the Gourmet Whisky collection is a real winner.  The designs are timeless, the crystal is mouth-blown, and the price is just $35 for a set of two.  To sweeten the deal for Father’s Day, Villeroy & Boch is offering 20% off (coupon code “villeroysummer”) and, through Jun 9th, free shipping.  I’m positive that your father – or mother – would be more than pleased to be gifted any of these glasses; I’m certainly enjoying mine, which you’ll continue to see on the blog for some time to come.

The Giveaway

As an extra incentive to get you to try the glasses, Villeroy & Boch have given us a set to share with youAnd you get to choose from the three styles shown above.  We’ll be taking entries all week and will pick the winner next Monday, June 13th.  Here’s how to enter:

  • Reside in the United States or Canada.
  • Leave a comment on this post, indicating which of the three sets you would like (Canadian, Single Grain, or Single Malt).  Be sure to enter your correct email address where prompted – it’s how we’ll be contacting you.
  • On June 13th, a random winner will be chosen from the comments left below, and the glasses will be shipped out as soon as possible.

Many thanks to the good folk at Villeroy & Boch for allowing us to review their new glasses and for sponsoring the drawing.  Please check out their blog for more on the glasses, as well as great cocktail and entertaining ideas, and of course, their online store for lots of home products.


84 responses to “Villeroy & Boch Gourmet Whisky Glasses and GIVEAWAY

  1. I’d love the Single Grain Tumbler!

  2. Ooh, I like the whiskey tumblers! Pick me!

  3. I’m interested in the Straight Bourbon Tumbler!

  4. The single grain tumbler looks great, thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I hear you on those fake plastic pint glasses – urg.

    If I should win, I’ll go with the Canadian Tumbler — unlike anything we have…

  6. I have to say the whisky tumbler stands out as my favorite glass, with the single grain tumbler running a close second.

  7. I would love the Canadian Whiskey Tumbler! Thank you so much for your blog! I have learned so much about cocktails in the last 4 months. My wife and I have tried many new tastes!

  8. I would love a pair of the single grain tumbler. Thanks for the great review (and site!)

  9. How exciting! The single grain is the one for me.

  10. the single grain tumbler is absolutely gorgeous!

  11. And the winner is! Me! Single Malt Goblet!

  12. Single grain tumblers….thanks!

  13. The Canadian Whisky Tumbler looks pretty cool, and I don’t mind a strong drink.

  14. paradiseontherocks

    i would love the single grain tumbler. mmm…whiskey.

  15. Man, that single malt goblet looks fantastic. I’d love to sip some whisky out of that.

  16. Thanks for the review. I love the look of the single grain glasses. A set would be awesome.

  17. The Canadian Whiskey Tumbler… Unique 🙂

  18. Villeroy and Boch are my absolute favourite china and glasses! And since I am Canadian, I will opt for the Canadian Whiskey Tumbler. It would be a conversation piece around here where Crown Royal is king and nobody will have this elegant glass.

  19. I’d love the Canadian tumbler!

  20. The single malt glasses.

  21. A set of the Single Malt glasses would go so well with the artisan single malt I just picked up from a local distillery!

  22. Canadian, please!

  23. That single malt goblet looks fantastic.

  24. The Canadian whiskey tumbler is my favorite ….its not a style I’ve seen before. It looks like it might tip easily but I’d risk it since it is so beautiful.

  25. Canadian looks fantastic!

  26. The single grain tumbler is great! Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. I would love the Canadian tumbler. Keep up the great work! Working my way through all of the recipes. It’s amazing how using good ingredients instead of cheap mixers elevates drinks.

  28. I love the single grain tumbler!

  29. Absolutely the single grain tumblers!

  30. I like the single Malt goblet

  31. Oh, man, the Canadian glass looks great and thoroughly unique!

    Very cool.

  32. I like the Canadian Whisky Tumbler

  33. Canadian tumbler please!

  34. I really like the single malt goblet.

  35. Neat giveaway!! single grain tumblers would rock.

  36. Ooo, pretty shiny glass things… I wouldl ike the Single Grain Tumblers if I am so lucky as to win.

  37. When I drink Canadian Whisky, I need a glass that looks less likely to tumble… And I don’t really think of spirits as belonging in a glass with a longer stem than a brandy snifter… but I do love the Single Grain Tumbler — so that’s my vote!

  38. Single Malt goblet would be my choice.

  39. Single Malt Goblet please.

  40. Beautiful! I’ll go for the Single Malt Goblet. Thanks!

  41. Single Grain Tumblers would be my first choice….most excellent giveaway!

  42. Single grain tumbler would be fantastic!

  43. The Canadian Whiskey Tumbler is so gorgeous!

  44. Single Grain Tumbler please.

  45. Great article and thanks to 12bottlebar and Villeroy & Boch for the giveaway. Put me down for the single grain!

  46. The Single Grain Tumblers please!!

  47. I’d love the single grain tumbler set please!

  48. The single grain tumbler is probably my choice. Though since it is the most popular one would probably have a better chance going for the goblet/canadian tumbler.

  49. Lovely glasses, all of them. If I had to choose jsut one, I’d have to go with the Canadian Whiskey tumbler. It’s very unique and elegant.

  50. oo! The Canadian Whiskey tumbler for sure. The lavender tom collins was phenomenal by the way, made up a batch last night. Great site!

  51. I would go with the Canadian Whiskey tumbler. what a great design.

  52. The single grain tumbler would be my choice. Enjoy your site very much.

  53. I just love the single grain tumbler, and I love your site! Thanks again!

  54. Single grain tumbler is so cute! Seems like most people agree! Thanks!

  55. that single grain tumbler is beautiful. great collection!

  56. I’d choose the single grain tumbler. Thank you!

  57. i want the single grain tumbler! gorgeous!!

  58. Canadian tumbler, please!

  59. I love those single grain tumblers. beautiful pieces.

  60. Oh, those are lovely. Single malt, please!

  61. I like the single grain, but would be just as appreciative for either of the other two.


  62. Canadian Whisky tumbler for sure! Nice glass.

  63. im in love with the Canadian Whisky Tumbler. so unique!!

  64. Single grain tumbler, please! Thanks, David!

  65. I like the single malt goblets

  66. Daniel Lorenzetti

    I prefer the Single Grain Tumbler, allowing for a more enjoyable and aromatic release of the spirit’s bouquet, as it is warmed by the hand…
    What more can you ask for!

  67. interesting the single malt and the tumbler are close to the same shape… stem ware scares me so the tumbler would be a great addition to my home bar.

    • They’re basically the same shape. The stem allow for more critical handling of the glass — say you don’t want to warm it by touching the bowl. If you’re a neat whiskey drinker, both are lovely and really present the bouquet exceptionally well.

  68. Canadian Whiskey Tumbler; those are bad ass!

  69. that single grain tumbler would look so nice in my hand. 🙂

    though, i’d be willing to pretend to be more lady-like and use the single malt, with it’s elegant stem.

  70. Hi there. Interested in the single-malt glasses (although, the Canadian whiskey glasses look interesting). Thanks for the offer.

  71. Hi there. Interested in the single-malt glasses (although, the Canadian whiskey glasses look interesting). Thanks for the offer.

  72. Great post as always, good glassware always feels like the last thing on a mixer’s mind, but it’s big part of the first and last impression for the drinker. I’d vote for the Canadian Whiskey Tumbler, those things certainly do photograph with personality!

  73. Oooh, Single Grain tumbler is beautiful! Fun contest, thanks!

  74. The single malt goblet would look excellent in my hands

  75. I’ll have to go (hope) for the singe grain tumbler. It’s just looks lovely and I don’t see myself drinking whiskey from a stem glass.
    Love the site, by the way. I’ve been drinking a Tombstone a day since you posted the recipe. I’m glad I remembered to come back and actually comment for the contest!

  76. I’d love to do an apples-to-apples comparison of a single malt goblet against the standard straight-walled glasses I’m currently using.

    • The basic conceit of a bowl shape is that it simultaneously provides greater surface area to release the aroma and a narrow opening to trap the same. If you believe that the majority of what we taste actually comes from smells, then they should change things substantially.

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