A Guide to Whiskey Decanters and the Best Ones to Buy
Since the beginning of film, it feels, men of substance have almost always had a decanter nearby, ready to pour a tumbler or three of whiskey for themselves, their friends, or even for clients. The decanter itself, usually made from crystal, oftentimes steals the show. You don’t know what is inside, but you can see that the vessel is a work of art. But, the question is: why use a whiskey decanter?
For wine, there is a definitive purpose: a decanter lets the wine breathe, which allows certain flavors and notes to express themselves after being stuck in a bottle; wine decanters don’t have seals as whiskey decanters do. Decanting wine can also remove sediment that might be at the bottom of the vintage. For whiskey, though, there really isn’t a need for oxidizing or removing sediment. What it comes down to is aesthetics. If you want to look particularly badass or in control, then go ahead, put that whiskey in a decanter! Appearances aside, a decanter set is also a perfect gift for men.
What to Look for in a Whiskey Decanter
When choosing a decanter, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
- Size: A standard bottle of whiskey is 750 mL, which equates to about 25 ounces. If you plan on putting an entire bottle in the decanter, you’ll obviously need something larger than that. If you don’t plan on putting a whole bottle in, you can move right along to the next point.
- Airtight seal: While whiskey oxidizes slower than wine, it still oxidizes. You’ll want a decanter with a good, sturdy, airtight seal. When you transfer the whiskey from the bottle to the decanter, you’re already taking it out of its optimal environment (the original bottle), so you don’t want to exacerbate anything by providing a constant flow of oxygen due to a faulty seal.
- Lead-free crystal: Most decanters these days are already lead-free, but it’s good to check anyway. If the crystal contains lead, and the whiskey sits in it long enough, you could find the lead leaching into the whiskey and doing terrible things to your insides.
- Price: Finally, how fancy do you want to look? How much do you want to show off? Will you use the decanter in a group setting such as a party, or is it going to be only for you at the end of a long day of work? What you want the decanter for should affect the price you’re willing to pay.
Choosing a Decanter for Whiskey
The best decanter for whiskey will need to check off three important requirements. First, you will want to stay away from crystal or leaded glass and choose a decanter without lead. This is especially true if you are looking to store the whiskey for any kind of extended period of time. Lead from the crystal or leaded glass can leach into the whiskey, in general it’s best to stay away from these options to prevent any complications.
The second important thing to ensure is that the decanter you purchase has an airtight stopper. A decanter without an airtight stopper will allow the alcohol in the spirit to evaporate. If this happens and you allow it to sit a few days or weeks you can certainly expect a poor drinking experience when you return. Choosing a high quality decanter with an air tight stopper is vital when storing spirits especially if they will be in the decanter longer than an hour.
Third and finally you want to make sure and choose a decanter that doesn’t have a ton of surface area. Decanters with a ton of surface area will have too much area within the decanter and over extended periods of time this wouldn’t be good for your whiskey. So, choose a decanter with limited surface area.
Choosing a decanter shape is based in a combination of aesthetic design and purpose. There are so many different shapes to choose from: the classic wine decanter that flattens at the bottom in a pyramid, the globe-shaped or diamond-style decanters, or even decanters that come in cylinders and barrels. When it comes to shape the most important thing to consider (outside of the overall look) is how it will fit into the space you have.
Why Our Decanters Are Right For You
Why Our Decanters: Premium Materials
From our hand-blown decanters to our innovative whiskey glasses, every item we make is a labor of love. Each glass design is created with premium grade glassware to withstand the test of time. We have scoured the country for the best materials and made it our mission to never use substandard wood or assembly-line glassware. Instead, our products are made the old-fashioned way… because quality takes effort.
Premium Materials: Hand-Blown Glass
Our decanters are handcrafted and hand-blown by artisans with an eye for detail and formed into designs limited only by our imagination. Our glassware is crafted from borosilicate glass – a thicker, more resilient type of glass. This ensures our intricate designs are not only beautiful, but built to last. Decanters are more than gifts, they are treasures that will be passed down for generations to come.
Why Our Decanters: A Unique Gift
Our decanters aren’t run of the mill. We have unique designs with personalized elements. What better gift for a golfer than a golf themed decanter. These are the types of decanters you will find with us. You don’t have to hope you’ll get a STUNNING decanter – you can guarantee it with ours. Stop them in their tracks with this striking decanter. The only problem is that once they see this decanter, no other “plain” decanter will do.
Our decanters and whiskey glasses make a great, unique gift. Whether you’re buying for a birthday, graduation, retirement, or any other occasion, we have products that would be a great fit.