To Decant or Not To Decant: A Scotch Story

To Decant or Not To Decant: A Scotch Story

There’s nothing better than an evening of good company, good conversations, and of course, good scotch. The question of the day is: how do you serve your scotch? We don’t mean neat or on the rocks, as that is the preference of the drinker. We are talking decanters. Are they classy? Are they boastful? Are they necessary? Are they pointless? Well in short, it’s all up to you.

Whiskey matures as long as it is in a wooden cask. Half of the flavor comes from the barrel the whiskey is aged in, and the rest comes from the distillation process. Once it is removed from the barrel, there is not much you can do to change the flavor of a whiskey. It is also due to its required 40 percent or higher alcohol content, which is pretty stable once the bottle is opened. So what does all of this mean?

Essentially the choice to decant or not to decant is completely yours. It’s all about personal preference. The idea of displaying your scotch in a decanter is to rid yourself of the manufactured labels. But some people find a good scotch bottle as beautiful as the crystal vessel you decant in. Our opinion is to keep with the theme of your home bar. If you have bottles displayed throughout the bar area, then stick to it and keep your scotch in its original bottle. If you have a roll-away cart or want to feature the decanter as a centerpiece on your bar, that looks classy as well.

When looking for a decanter there are two things you should concern yourself with, past your personal taste. Make sure the decanter has a good seal. Though the whiskey is stable, you don’t really want air coming in or getting out of the decanter. If you’re anything like us, you have a penchant for the classics. We are big fans of vintage crystal decanters. So make sure your crystal is lead-free (thanks to Jim at for this point. Tweet him @scotchaddict). You certainly don’t want lead leaking into your scotch. Forget the scotch - leaked lead in your drink will kill you. And no one wants that. 

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