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Best Decanter

Whiskey or wine, a good decanter can increase the enjoyment you get out of a bottle of your favorite beverage. Whatever type of decanter you're on the market for, you'll want one that's made from strong crystal or glass and one that makes an attractive vessel that complements your decor.

Whiskey decanters and wine decanters serve two very different functions. Whiskey decanters are elegant vessels that close tightly between uses so that the whiskey stored inside doesn't oxidize. Wine decanters, on the other hand, are made to quickly expose a bottle of wine to oxygen so that it loses some of its harsh tannin. Wine decanters are also made to help remove some of the sediment from aged wines so that you don't end up with unattractive dregs at the bottom of your glass.

Metrokane Rabbity Super-Aerating Decanter System

Our favorite wine decanter is the Metrokane Rabbity Super-Aerating Decanter System. This system comes with a flask-shaped crystal decanter, a crystal funnel, and an extra-fine screen. Each part of the system helps to bring out the best in a wide variety of wines. The screen removes particles before they get into the decanter, while the funnel breaks wine up into tiny droplets so that it can rapidly aerate. The decanter itself is an attractive service vessel that makes it easy to pour wine into a glass. Thanks to the innovative aeration system, there's no need to allow wine extra time to breathe. It's ready to enjoy right away, though it will also keep in the decanter for a few hours.

Ravenscroft Crystal Vintner's Choice Decanter

The wide base of the Ravenscroft Crystal Vintner's Choice Decanter helps to aerate wines quickly by providing a bottle of wine with the maximum surface area possible. Sediment is also encouraged to settle to the bottom of the wine, making it easy to keep it out of your glass when you pour slowly. Additionally, it comes with an attractive round stopper that keeps debris out of the decanter while you enjoy a meal. This decanter is made from lead-free crystal that resists chipping, cracking, and staining. In order to keep it like new for years, it should be washed by hand.

iittala Citterio Decanter

Made from traditionally blown glass, the iittala Citterio Decanter is a sleek vessel with bold angles that make a statement on any dinner table. This decanter features a wide, perfectly flat base that encourages aeration by creating a great deal of surface area. It has a neck with a wide mouth that makes it easy to pour in a bottle of wine without spilling. The neck narrows towards the body of the decanter, encouraging wine to run down the sides of the decanter, speeding up the aeration process. After enjoying a bottle of fine wine, the decanter can be washed with soap and water.

Riedel Amadeo Decanter

Riedel is one of the most popular manufacturers of fine glassware and this company's decanters are some of the best around. Though considerably more expensive than many of the other decanters out there, Reidel's products are beautifully designed, made to last a lifetime, and popular with wine enthusiasts. The hand made Amadeo decanter features two spouts, a wide one that makes it easy to pour out a bottle of wine without spilling any, and a narrow one that allows you to pour wine into a glass. The wider neck also doubles as a handle for pouring. This piece is made from leaded crystal that's perfectly clear, showing off the color of the wine inside.

Gemini Wine Aerator Decanter

Made of brushed nickel and glass, the Travaso Gemini Wine Aerator Decanter is the perfect decanter for both young and aged wines. The conical glass decanter holds a full bottle of wine and dispenses through an innovative spout at the base. In order to aerate wine, simply pour it over the glass ball at the top of the decanter. The round surface helps to distribute wine over a wide surface area, bringing it in contact with oxygen so that harsh tannins can be rapidly broken down. Sediment in the wine is removed by way of a fine screen, which allows wine to be dispensed through the base of the decanter.

Ravenscroft Crystal Buckingham Decanter

We chose the Ravenscroft Crystal Buckingham Decanter as the best of the best because it serves as an attractive vessel that shows off the rich color of the whiskey inside. Made from crystal, this decanter is heavy duty and perfectly clear. Unlike many crystal products, it hasn't been treated with lead, which means that it's safe to leave spirits inside for weeks or months at a time. It can fit 38 ounces, making it spacious enough to hold an entire bottle of whiskey or scotch. Though this decanter does need to be hand washed, it cleans up easily with soap and warm water.

Bormioli Rocco Dedalo Decanter

Able to hold 26 ounces, the Bormioli Rocco Dedalo Decanter makes an attracting service bottle for fine whiskeys. This bottle is made in Italy out of thick cut glass. The design cut into the glass refracts light, making this bottle and the whiskey inside sparkle elegantly. When you finish off the bottle, it's easy to clean this decanter by hand or in the dishwasher. The plastic cork fits tightly in the bottle forming an airtight seal, though changes in temperature can occasionally cause pressure to build up inside the bottle, which may make the stopper to pop out of the bottle. The best way to avoid this is to keep your whiskey in a temperature controlled environment, which will also help to make it last longer.

Godinger Dublin Triangular Crystal Decanter

The Godinger Dublin Triangular Crystal Decanter is a classically designed whiskey decanter that's roomy enough to hold up to 610 mL. The decanter is made from crystal that's features an intricate cut design on the front of the bottle. Godinger has been producing quality glassware for decades, and has crafted this decanter using traditional Bohemian crystal-working techniques that have been passed down for centuries. This is a quality piece of barware that will last for years. If you're in the market for a glassware as well, Godinger makes high ball glasses that are a perfect match.

Bohemia Quadro Whiskey Decanter

Though a little more expensive than some of the competitors, the Bohemia Quadro Whiskey Decanter is well worth the extra price. This decanter is made from strong, heavy glass and will last for many years. With a capacity of 900 mL, it's large enough to fit a full bottle of liquor. The stopper is made from heavy duty glass that fits snuggly in the bottle, forming an air tight seal. The bottle twists up from the base to the stopper, giving it a fluid look that makes a statement in any home bar.

Reed & Barton Cove Decanter

The round, modern design of the Reed & Barton Cove Decanter sets it apart from the competition. This decanter is made from crystal that has been treated with lead for superior strength and clarity. The outside of the bottle has been designed with a rounded, wave-like patter that reflects light while still allowing the color of the whiskey to shine through. The heavy glass stopper forms an airtight seal and thanks to it's large round knob, is easy to take out of the bottle when you're ready for a drink.

Crystal Beran
Crystal Beran has spent the past 10 years immersed in the exciting and delicious world of food and drink. She has honed her cooking skills as a baker, a caterer, and a personal chef, and currently spends a good deal of her time training the next generation of young chefs. Her work as a wine steward has helped her to develop a discerning palate and a love of excellent wines from all over the world. Over the years, she has had the good fortune to visit wineries in Northern California, Tanzania, France, and Italy. In her spare time, she brews beer and invents delectable dishes to share with friends, family, and students.
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