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Glassware snifter


A snifter 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 brandy. The large surface area of the brandy helps evaporate it, the narrow top traps the aroma inside the glass, while the rounded bottom allows the glass to be cupped in the hand, thus warming the liquor. Most snifters will hold between 180–240 ml (6–8 oz.).

Snifters are also used for a variety of ales, most notably pale ales.

Name variations Edit

  • brandy glass
  • balloon

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