Mike Morales and Alex Perez discuss the history of the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass, how it came to be, and the commonly accepted method of nosing and tasting tequila with the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass.
About the Tequila Glass
This elegant slender glass has a lengthy stem and is designed to lift fine Tequila to the level it deserves. Devotees can now appreciate Tequila in it’s own glass and give it the respect of which it is worthy. Machine made of non leaded glass. Dishwasher Safe.
Shaped for maximizing full enjoyment when sipping tequila, the two glasses in this set have narrow bowls on long, slender, stylish stems. Part of the moderately priced Ouverture series offered by world-renowned glassmaker Riedel Crystal, they’re machine-blown, lead-free and dishwasher safe. Their thin rims are cut and polished to Riedel’s exacting standards, so tequila flows easily onto the palate and the flavors are enhanced. Each glass holds 6-3/4-ounce and stands 8-1/4-inch high.
Suggested retail price $24 for two glasses. Available on Amazon.com for approximately $20 for two.
As Tequila Aficionado Media first reported in November of 2001, and shared with you again from our vault in the summer of 2015, tenth generation glassmaker Georg J. Riedel presented the perfect tequila tasting glass–the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass–at an exclusive ceremony in one of Mexico’s most renowned luxury hotels.
The introduction of the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass would serve to elevate the image of tequila from a beverage strictly consumed in shots to an elegant spirit worthy of sipping and savoring.
Originally designed for reposados in mind, the Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glass over the years has been revered by the likes of Master Distiller Germán González as a valuable tasting and nosing tool, and reviled by others as an inadequate vessel to judge the nuances and characteristics of agave spirits.
Many in the industry have questioned why separate glassware hasn’t been produced for each of the agave growing regions, much like the wine and spirits regions of Bordeaux and Cognac. Tasting and nosing glasses for Atotonilco, Amatitán, Arandas, el valle de Tequila (Tequila Valley), and all points in between should be represented with their own custom stemware.
With all the talk about terroir in tequila and mezcal these days, using proper glassware to discern specific regional characteristics of top notch juice is vitally important.
But, which glasses are the right ones? What else is out there?
Join Tequila Aficionado Media right here on our website on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 9PM CST when founder, Alex Perez and CEO, Mike Morales blab about other viable options in tequila and mezcal glassware with Martin Duffy, the exclusive representative of the famed Glencairn Chrystal in the US.
On the eve of the 14th anniversary of the introduction of the Tequila Glass, discover other alternatives in glassware to enhance your enjoyment of tequila, mezcal and all agave spirits.