Whether you’re drinking alone, with friends or at a social gathering, distributing whiskey from a whiskey decanter automatically brings a certain level of class. For instance, look at Mad Men; using a whisky decanter seems to make any situation seem a bit classier (even though we don’t recommend drinking on the job). So if you’re a whiskey drinker and want to take your liquor drinking to the next level, it’s definitely time to invest in one of the best whiskey decanters.
Outside of the visual impact of pouring your liquid gold from a classy glass vessel, unlike wine decanters, the best whiskey decanters actually don’t really offer any benefit physically or taste-wise. Generally speaking, as whiskey has very few tannins and a high alcohol content, whiskey is going to stay whiskey. It doesn’t age and it doesn’t, on the whole, go bad (temperature change and sunlight may cause this, though), so whiskey decanters are really just about the looks and function.
With this in mind, if you’re stepping into the world of classy whiskey drinking, don’t just dip your toes in. Go the whole hog and really impress your guests with a comprehensive kit. Here are the key elements to any true whiskey drinker’s set up.
- The Decanter – The main piece of your set. Available in both traditional styles and more unique options, depending on your preference.
- Whiskey Glasses – You want your drinking vessel to be as classy as your storage vessel which is why accompanying glasses are a good idea. For this reason, they are often included with the decanter to give you a matching set.
- Ice Bucket – If you like your whiskey cold or partially diluted and intend on having more than a single round, you’re going to want your ice to stay frozen. Ice buckets serve this purpose and also prevent the need to get up from your comfy chair for a trip to the fridge.
- Whiskey Stones/Metal Ice Cubes – For some, especially when drinking top-shelf whiskey, the idea of adding ice may be sacrilege. That’s why having whiskey stones or metal ice cubes on hand is a smart move. They won’t dilute your drink, and they’re also reusable.
- Ice Tongs – A classier way to distribute ice, whether it’s water-based or metal.
- Tray – While a little more functional than visual, there are plenty of classy options when it comes to transporting your whiskey-drinking set up from one room to another. Plus, trays lessen the likelihood of dropping the goods on the floor, especially when you’re one or two glasses in.
- Cigar – Whiskey and cigars, anyone?
Below, you’ll find plenty of whiskey decanter options if you’re in the market for classically-shaped decanters. Plus, we also have included a selection of more unusual, eye-catching options, including skull-shaped, diamond-shaped and globe-shaped choices which are ideal as a unique gift for whiskey-loving friends and family.
1. Bormioli Rocco Capitol Decanter
The Bormioli Rocco Capitol Decanter is a gorgeous decanter. It is simple, yet sophisticated and makes for a great wedding present, especially if you choose to get it engraved with a personalized monogram. It’s also a great self gift to help you feel like Don Draper every time you pour yourself a glass of your favorite whiskey. This decanter doesn’t come in a set, so you will need to buy glasses separately, but the Italian glass decanter will level up your alcohol collection and impress all those who share a drink with you.
PROS: For a more personal touch, the decanter can be personalized.
CONS: The decanter doesn’t come with additional glassware.
2. Regal Trunk & Co Elegant Whiskey Decanter
The Regal Trunk & Co Elegant Five-Piece Whiskey Decanter is worthy of use at any celebration or social gathering. This complete decanter set comes with four whiskey glasses and a stylish, lead-free glass decanter. The thick glass has deep etching, giving it a distinctive look and style. Even the presentation box that this set comes in screams class. This decanter set is sure to catch the eye of all your guests and makes a great gift idea you know the recipient will love.
PROS: The whole set is presented in an attractive and sophisticated presentation box.
CONS: The glassware and decanter may be uncomfortably heavy for some users.
3. Paksh Capitol Glass Decanter
The Paksh Capital Decanter is an easy way to elevate your alcohol collection. It doesn’t matter if you store your finest whiskey or your mid-shelf selection in this decanter, you are going to love how it looks every time you pour yourself a drink. The sloped sides make it comfortable to hold the 23.75-ounce bottle, and thanks to the functional design, pouring with one hand is also simple. The large stopper creates an airtight plug to keep your whiskey rich and smooth. This Italian-glass Decanter will surely impress at your next celebration or get together with friends.
PROS: Clean and simple design looks great in any household.
CONS: This decanter may be a little bit too vanilla for some drinkers.
4. Kemstood Whiskey Decanter Set
What better way is there to celebrate completing outdoor pursuits and other achievements than with this beautifully crafted Kemstood Whiskey Decanter Set. Inside the spherical decanter, you’ll find the model of a mountain to inspire and entertain. There’s also two mini mountains to be found inside the accompanying glasses which can be happily stored alongside the 850ml-capacity decanter on the included wooden storage base. Furthermore, this set is made from lead-free glass and can also be used to house scotch, bourbon, brandy, vodka and other liquors.
Pros: The mountain-filled decanter is a fitting accompaniment to celebrate your achievements.
Cons: The wooden storage base is unable to accommodate more than two drinking glasses, even if you add to your set.
5. ZZKOKO Whiskey Decanter Set
For something a little out of the ordinary, try this ZZKOKO Whiskey Decanter Set. Forget your boring, straight-lined decanters and clean, ball-shaped options and enjoy this contemporary take on the classic drinking vessel. Each piece of the seven-piece set, made up of a decanter and six 10-ounce glasses, features an abstract, asymmetrical shape that handily doubles as a comfortable handle. This also makes pouring and drinking from the lead-free, dishwasher-safe glassware simpler. In addition, you’re sure to enjoy the eye-catching light show that occurs when light passes through this unique and durable set.
Pros: The abstract shape is remarkably comfortable to hold and pour from.
Cons: The set’s edgy appearance may not be to everyone’s taste.
6. Whiskey Decanter Globe Set
If your priority is aesthetics over the function for your whiskey decanter, it’s definitely worth considering the Whiskey Decanter Globe Set. This uniquely shaped decanter sports a world map-style etching over its entirety as well as the two accompanying drinking glasses. Additionally, inside the 850ml-capacity sphere, you’ll find a delicate model of a sailing ship which will gradually become uncovered as you empty the bottle over time. Furthermore, the set comes with a wooden storage stand with space for the decanter and glasses as well as accompanying whiskey stones and a storage box.
Pros: The world map design and internal ship make this a great gift for travel-loving friends.
Cons: This set is especially delicate with more breakable parts than other options.
7. Godinger Whiskey Decanter Skull Set
The Godinger Whiskey Decanter skull combines style, elegance and a touch of darkness, to the point that it might even give some of your friends the chills when they see it. The decanter is a hand-blown glass skull container capable of holding 850ml of whiskey. It comes accompanied by whiskey glasses with matching skull faces. It’s not something for your average holiday party (unless that holiday is Halloween), but it certainly brings a whole new look and feel to whiskey decanters.
PROS: Attractive and unique, glass-blown skull design.
CONS: Might be too intimidating for some more formal gatherings.
8. TF Takeflight Whiskey Decanter Set
Impress your guests with this smart and stylish TF Takeflight Whiskey Decanter Set. The set comes with an all glass decanter with a large stopper that seals your whiskey, keeping it just as delicious as the day you opened the bottle. The decanter and all four whiskey glasses are etched with a star-like design that makes the TF Takeflight set stand out. If you aren’t much of a whiskey drinker, but know someone who is, this also makes an excellent gift for the connoisseur in your life.
PROS: The star-like etching makes this set especially attractive.
CONS: There is no personalization available for the set.
9. The Wedding Party Groomsmen Decanter Set
If you’re the best man at your best friend’s wedding and find yourself stuck for a stand out gift, it’s time to turn to The Wedding Party Custom Engraved Groomsmen Decanter Set. This five-piece set includes the 26-ounce decanter and four accompanying glasses, meaning there’s plenty of drinking opportunities to be had between groomsmen or just your friends. Each of the five pieces also receives personalization made up of the name, date and logo of your choosing for a truly unique gift.
Pros: There’s a range of names and logos to choose from for a truly unique (self) gift.
Cons: The etched monogram may wear away over time.
10. Nou Living Whiskey Decanter and Glass Set
This Nou Living Whiskey Decanter and Glass Set includes everything you’ll ever need to enjoy a relaxing glass of the good stuff. In the set, you’ll find a large, 22-fluid-ounce decanter, six thick-based whiskey glasses, four extra-large 2.2-ounce chilling spheres, a whiskey recipe book and a luxury storage case for housing your set when it’s not in use. The high-quality set is made from crystal glass which is durable, lead free and dishwasher safe.
Pros: Each high-quality crystal glass piece is also dishwasher safe.
Cons: There are only four chilling spheres for six glasses.
11. Jillmo Barrel Ship Decanter
Pour your whiskey straight from the barrel with this Jillmo barrel-style decanter. The wooden stand holds the handcrafted decanter in place as you pour your whiskey from a faucet into the one of the two included whiskey glasses. And, the 1250ml decanter is more than a glass barrel. Inside, you’ll find a carefully crafted ship displaying the delicate craftsmanship that separates this whiskey decanter from standard options. This is a great display and distribution piece which is ideal for stationary placement on a shelf or desk space.
PROS: The large, 1250ml decanter can hold more alcohol than the average decanter.
CONS: It’s a lot more awkward to transport than standard, bottle-shaped options.
12. Ravenscoft Liquor Decanter
The Ravenscoft Liquor Decanter is a wonderful gift idea for the whiskey connoisseur in your life. You can personalize the four glasses and decanter with an engraved monogram for free. Each glass comes with a distinct bubble in the base, giving each one a classy look. The traditional decanter is handcrafted in Europe and has a simple yet sophisticated design that holds 34-ounces of whiskey, vodka or whatever liquor you choose. The round glass stopper is easy to grip and remove but creates a great seal to keep your liquor rich and full. You’ll also find an included, high-quality wood tray which makes getting your glassware from room A to room B simple.
PROS: The accompanying wooden tray makes transporting your glassware easy.
CONS: At 34 ounces, the decanter may look oddly large when filled with a standard 750ml bottle.
13. Lefonte Irish Cut Triangular Whiskey Decanter Set
The Lefonte Irish Cut Triangular Whiskey Decanter Set includes a triangular decanter in a classic and old-fashioned style. The lead-free crystal construction sports an intricate patterning which oozes class and makes for an attractive decor piece you can display out in the open with confidence. The decanter also comes with two matching glasses which share the eye-catching patterning. Plus, with its 750ml capacity, it’s ideal for several drink options, including bourbon, scotch, whisky and wine.
Pros: The old-fashioned style makes this three-piece set one of the most attractive options.
Cons: If you’ve got more than one drinking pal, you’re going to need more glasses.