Large enough for a cocktail
Versatile enough for everyday use
We purchased the Riedel Tumbler Collection Spey Whisky set so our reviewer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.
A great whiskey glass will allow you to nose, sip, and enjoy the experience of this classic spirit. While the good folks at Riedel have been making glass in Germany since 1756, their Spey whisky glass design launched much more recently in 2018. It’s a glass with a classic cut pattern by machine, made from modern, lead-free, dishwasher-safe crystal. Named for the River Spey and Scotland’s most prolific whisky-producing region, Speyside, the diamond and wedge adornments were inspired by the Art Nouveau period. I tested the Riedel Tumbler Collection Spey Whisky glasses to see how well they performed. Keep reading for my honest thoughts.
The Art Nouveau-influenced diamond and cut pattern is quite handsome and feels timeless. Each glass is 4 inches tall, roughly 3.25 inches in circumference, and holds 10 ounces. So, they have enough capacity to hold a cocktail or a larger refreshment, like a morning orange juice. The glasses feel substantial in the hand.
Like with any barware, I certainly recommend you wash the glasses before use to cleanse away any dirt or residue that might have accumulated since their manufacture. Who knows exactly when they were made or how long they were on the shelf or if someone else has handled them at the shop. But that’s easy as they are constructed from lead-free crystal, so a quick cycle on the top rack of a dishwasher, and they are good to go.
They are not stackable, which is an absent feature for those with minimal storage space.
The glasses are mildly fancy but not overly fussy. Versatile and great for everyday use, they add a touch of fun and flair whether you’re having a drink solo or offering a guest a tipple in any form.
Sipping Experience: Versatile
The Riedel Tumbler Collection Spey Whisky glass is good for drinking pretty much whatever you want. Its heft and hand feel add a flourish to drinking a whiskey or spirit of your choice neat. Its 10-ounce capacity is ample enough for a generous portion of ice if that’s how you like your drink and is perfect for cocktails like an old-fashioned, a Boulevardier, or a Manhattan on the rocks. I prefer to use quite a large single cube of ice with those sorts of drinks, and the Riedel is plenty big enough to accommodate a beefy rock.
While putting the glasses through their paces, I drank a few cocktails, some iced up Wild Turkey 101, a Four Roses Single Barrel, the last of my GlenDronach 15, and a wee dram of Aberlour A’bunadh with a dash of water. I also used them to drink plain and flavored seltzer at lunch. Each time they worked well and added a sparkle to the experience. The glasses are mildly fancy but not overly fussy. Versatile and great for everyday use, they add a touch of fun and flair whether you’re having a drink solo or offering a guest a tipple in any form.
The weight of the glass in your hand lets you know you’re holding a drink, and the diamond and cut pattern provides a bit of texture to keep your fingers from slipping when condensation forms.
Its 10-ounce capacity is ample enough for a generous portion of ice if that’s how you like your drink and is perfect for cocktails like an old-fashioned, a Boulevardier, or a Manhattan on the rocks.
Ease of Cleaning: No issues putting them in the dishwasher
These glasses are dishwasher safe. They are made from lead-free crystal, so I put them right on the top rack and washed them with the rest of the soiled plates, pyrex, and pans with zero issues. Just give them a little space and make sure they aren’t touching anything else that might rattle and bang up against them, and they should be fine.
The brand recommends using vinegar if the glasses become stained, but after just under a month, I never experienced that issue. If you end up feeling like you need to polish them, Riedel suggests you use a microfiber cloth, boiling water, and an odorless soap. The microfiber cloth should not be cleaned with a fabric softener to prevent a greasy film from building up on the glasses.
Price: Good value
At around $33, the Riedel Tumbler Collection Spey Whisky set is a good value. Not exactly a rock bottom price, but for the design and functionality, consumers could spend a great deal more.
These are cool glasses with an elevated look that you can use every day.
Riedel Tumbler Collection Spey Whisky vs. Glencairn Whisky Glasses
The variety of whiskey tumblers on the market today is vast. There are options ranging from a few dollars per glass to more than $100 for a glass from Baccarat or Waterford. The Riedel Spey Whisky tumblers clearly fall toward the bottom end of the spectrum in terms of cost but offer a look and utility that punches well above their price point. The Glencairn Whiskey Glasses, which I also tested, are another affordable option but are somewhat less versatile. However, their classic shape is the go-to of anyone who is interested in tasting, nosing, and sipping their whiskey neat. If you're more interested in old-fashioneds and whiskey over ice, go with the Riedel.
I’d buy them.
The Riedel Tumbler Collection Spey Whisky are cool glasses with an elevated look that you can use every day. If you need some tumblers, they would make a wonderful addition to any home bar and won’t set you back all that much.
- Product Name Tumbler Collection Spey Whisky
- Product Brand Riedel
- Price $33.00
- Weight 2 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 3.23 x 4.02 x 3.23 in.
- Material Fine crystal
- Volume 10.4 oz.