The Best Whiskey Decanters for Your Home Bar

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Whether it's a crystal whiskey decanter or a stylish art deco whiskey decanter set you're looking for, we have you covered.

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“Decanting whiskey is very different than for wine,” says Jordan Nova, assistant director of food and beverage at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. He explains that while wine decanters introduce oxygen to the spirit, which mellows its acidic taste, it’s a completely different story with whiskey.

“Since whiskey has higher [levels of] alcohol, relatively little tannin and no acidity, it won’t change in the decanter,” Nova adds. So, why decant, you may ask?

“We decant because they [decanters] look great,” he says. And we couldn’t agree more.

But not all whiskey decanters were created equal. Consider the glass quality and thickness first, Nova suggests. Look for a product with fairly solid and stable bottom since you’ll be lifting and setting it down often.

If you opt for a crystal decanter, then make sure it's not leaded. “The amount of lead that could leech into whatever liquid you place in there could become dangerous rather quickly. Spirits stored over a number of years could certainly have an exponentially higher level of lead in them,” says Josh Curtis, bar director at Malibu Beach Inn.

Another thing to pay attention to when purchasing a whiskey decanter is whether the stopper or the lid has a rubber or plastic liner. If they don’t, they will grind the edges every time the glass connects making a fine dust of glass that will certainly be in whatever liquid you store in it, according to Curtis.

“This seal for the lid will also aid in not allowing any booze to evaporate over time,” he adds.

Now check out the best and most elegant decanters that will surely jazz up your home décor as well.

Courtesy Neiman Marcus

Juliska Graham Whiskey Decanter

This classic glass decanter sports a sleek body and an intricately designed stopper—an elegant and versatile option that would match most home décors.

To buy: $185,

Courtesy Neiman Marcus

Tom Dixon Tank Platinum Stripe Whiskey Set

Hand-applied platinum decals complement this whiskey set, which oozes a roaring 20s vibe.

To buy: $295,

Courtesy Goop

DeCicio Glass Hand-blown Decanter with 24K Gold Leaf Stopper

The stopper of this smoky grey glass decanter features a 24-karat gold layer that will match perfectly any home interior designed with opulence in mind.

To buy: $220,

Courtesy 1stdibs

1930s Whiskey Glass Decanter Set

This stylish art deco whiskey set, made in the Czech Republic in the 1930s, features black enamel decorations. We can guarantee it will become the focal point of any dining or living room.

To buy: $1,075,

Courtesy Christofle

Christofle Paris Scottish Whiskey Decanter

Inspired by traditional tartan plaids, this exquisitely designed decanter will add a touch of old school elegance to your dinner parties.

To buy: $590,

Courtesy Bloomingdales

Waterford London Square Decanter, Smoke

The combination of clear and smoky brown crystal makes this decanter a total eyecatcher.

To buy: $395,

Courtesy Bloomingdales

Riedel Nachtmann Shu Fa Whisky Decanter and Glasses Set

This German-made crystalline decanter sports minimal design—a sleek addition to any home bar.

To buy: $160,

Courtesy Bloomingdales

Baccarat Harmonie Decanter and Double Old Fashioned Set

Made in France by one of the country’s most prestigious crystal producers, this decanter dons classic cut details.

To buy: $990,

Courtesy Aha Life

Jeff Miller Crystal Decanter

Pour whiskey in style thanks to this modern decanter with a large mouth and a unique prism-inspired shape.

To buy: $440,

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