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It’s always a good idea to have a bottle of something really nice stashed around the house, in case of good news, surprise company, or a special occasion. Most of us, though, are happy to settle for a decent, affordable mid-range whiskey for personal consumption. If you have a whiskey decanter, though, you can take your liquor presentation to the next level and at least seem impressive—even when you’re surprised by company.
When your boss or father-in-law shows up unexpectedly, being impressive is important. And a great whiskey decanter can help even mediocre rotgut pass as a fine whiskey.
As we’ve told you before, great glassware can make or break most any whiskey. But a lot of whiskey decanters are nothing more than novelty items, or overly fancy showpieces. While there’s certainly something to be said for a beautiful bottle, if you decide to go the decanter route it’s important to make sure the glass you buy is high-quality, easy to clean, and durable.
We’ve selected 12 decanters below. Some are ridiculously fancy, others are kinda cute. Most though, are simple, durable, and solid choices that are guaranteed to take your whiskey to the next level. And of course, decanters are great for any kind of liquor—even wine. Enjoy.