But the tumbler persisted.
Right into the early 1980’s. Blended whisky was king, it was generally served mixed or on ice. The tumbler was still perfect.
However, by the late 1980’s, change was a-happening. Single malts were beginning to rise out of the ashes of the great “whisky loch” saga and a younger generation became enthralled in table wines. Instead of showing a malt in a tumbler, distillers started showing their malts in wine glasses.
And the most famous of these, especially in Australia, and still used to this day, is the ubiquitous XL5. Cheap, functional, slightly closed rim, clear and sturdy. Wine shows, wine schools, bars, restaurants and at home, the XL5 dominated.