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Whiskey decanters can be a little confusing at first. Unlike some wines, whiskey will not change its flavor when exposed to oxygen – nor should it. Without this same emphasis on aeration, one might think that whiskey decanters are not needed. However, whiskey connoisseurs hold that the overall drinking experience itself is just as important as what’s in your glass.
Using a whiskey decanter to display and store your whiskey enhances your experience by providing you with an ambiance of sophistication. You don’t have to leave your house in order to feel like you have stepped into an elegant whiskey lounge or cocktail bar.
Selecting the right decanter for your home bar or bar cart largely depends on your own aesthetic preferences. Those seeking the simple, eye-catching luminosity of a clear glass decanter may opt for a model that forgoes additional intricate designs. However, those with a more contemporary flare may be drawn to decanters with geometric features. A good decanter will make even the cheapest whiskeys feel more expensive, pouring your drink from say, a diamond-shaped bottle rather than the generic bottle it came in from the liquor store.
Decanters also make for a classy gift idea for the whiskey drinker in your life who seems to have everything. Some models are able to be engraved with custom monograms, which is worth considering if you are shopping for a meaningful housewarming or wedding gift.
1. Paksh Glass Decanter With Geometric Stopper
Made with thick, Italian-crafted glass, this decanter preserves your whiskey while also bringing a touch of luminosity to your home bar or bar cart. For those who take pride in the whiskey that he or she drinks, this decanter offers an eye-catching way to show it off. Plus, we love this model for its smooth, curved sides that allow for an easy, comfortable grip.
It can hold up to 23.75 ounces of liquid and also comes with a glass stopper.
Pros: Simple, elegant design made with Italian-crafted glass.
Cons: Some may prefer more intricate stylings.
2. Bormioli Rocco Engraved Whiskey Decanter
With a 23.75 ounce capacity and a clear glass composition, this finely crafted decanter is suitable for countless home aesthetics. However, Bormioli Rocco’s ability to create custom engraved monograms is what sets this decanter apart from other models. Personalized messages make this a thoughtful anniversary, housewarming, or wedding gift for the people in your life that seem to already have everything.
Pros: Offers personalized engravings, excellent for gift-giving.
Cons: Some may prefer a simpler design.
3. European Style Glass Whiskey Decanter
We love this decanter for its unique design. The glass twists at the bottom, emphasizing the decanter’s weight and contemporary elegance. Plus, the included glass topper matches the curvature of the base.
Not only is this model visually pleasing, but it is designed for easy cleanup between uses. The lead-free glass is safe for storing alcohol but more importantly, this decanter can also be run through the dishwasher without damaging the product.
Cons: One of the heavier models on our list.
4. Diamond Design Glass Whiskey Decanter
If you are the type of person who pours a celebratory glass of whiskey after a major (or minor) accomplishment, then you will appreciate this decanter’s diamond design, making it the perfect centerpiece for celebrations.
Pouring whiskey from this fun yet sophisticated vessel will add an air of grandeur to special moments and will capture the attention of guests at your next get together. Plus, we love this decanter for its ability to hold up to 30 ounces of liquid.
Pros: Unique design, can hold up to 30 ounces — the largest capacity on our list.
Cons: Some may prefer smaller models.