A Guide to Whiskey Decanters

A Guide to Whiskey Decanters




You may be more familiar with a wine decanter rather than one for storing and serving whiskey but the principals remain the same. The right whiskey decanter could improve the flavour of whiskey considerably which is why they are becoming more widely accepted.

If you’re curious as to how a whiskey decanter could improve your drinking experience, read on to learn more.

What is a Decanter?

The term specifically refers to any container that is designed to have a liquid poured into it. A decanter could be used for both the storage and serving of most beverages as required.

The idea behind the decanter is to let an alcoholic liquid ‘breath’, thereby improving its flavour. The process works by exposing the liquid to oxygen where chemical reactions take place.

We will be perfectly honest and say that high alcohol content spirits such as whiskey don’t benefit from this oxidation process as much as a bottle of red wine would. The main benefit is one of aesthetics as the right whiskey decanter can do wonders for the appearance of any alcohol cabinet.

Choosing the Right Decanter

If you would rather do away with all of those unsightly labelled bottles then the decanter is the instrument of choice for you. There are a number of subtle differences you should be aware of when buying one or several for your home collection.

  • The average bottle of whiskey is 750ml or 75cl in size. This can vary slightly with the largest bottle you’re likely to come across being 1000ml or 1 litre in capacity. Decanters come in various sizes so make sure that the one you buy is large enough to decant the entire contents of your favourite spirit.
  • The seal and cap on the neck of the decanter is also important. Whilst whiskey won’t oxidise as quickly as wine does, you wouldn’t want to leave it exposed to air for any great length of time. Some seals are much better than others so buy carefully.
  • The common choice of material for any high class decanter is either glass or crystal. As you can imagine, crystal will likely be far more expensive but may be worth it to you if you intend on making good use of it. Make sure that any crystal used is lead free.
  • The choice of designs available on the market vary considerably. Cut glass or crystal which is done to form ornate patterns would be our choice as we feel it adds to the sense of occasion when reaching for the bottle.

Buying Your Decanter

Now that you’re sold, it’s time to find somewhere to buy one. Any good department store should have a reasonable range to choose from but if not, there is always an online retailer. Barwareandmore.com.au is one of several retailers that stocks an extensive range of high quality decanters for all budgets. Whichever retailer you choose should be able to offer nationwide delivery across Australia for a reasonable charge.

Once you’ve bought your first whiskey decanter, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch sooner.

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