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I have gotten the urge to pick up a whiskey decanter, as I find the old crystal ones I've seen on Ebay quite classy and attractive. I was wondering: Can you store boubron in them long-term? I would like to pour a bottle in there and just keep it on the desk for a nice glass on the rocks.

Or does that damage the whiskey over time?
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by Stu
I have gotten the urge to pick up a whiskey decanter, as I find the old crystal ones I've seen on Ebay quite classy and attractive. I was wondering: Can you store boubron in them long-term? I would like to pour a bottle in there and just keep it on the desk for a nice glass on the rocks.

Or does that damage the whiskey over time?


my understanding is that the excess air will damamge the wiskey over time - but that time is about 2 years. if you have a bottle of wiskey decanting on your desk for 2 years, give me a call and I'll help you polish it off.
post #3 of 10
Also be careful in that the whiskey or other alcohol might damage the crystal of the decanter. My parents stored some spirits in a couple of Waterford decanters some years back. The alcohol left a white film or ring in the decanter, which could not be removed. My parents subsequently found out that this can happen (at least with Waterford crystal) over time. Thus, either use an inexpensive decanter (or one you don't care about), remove the alcohol from the decanter on a fairly regular basis, or drink quickly.
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Originally Posted by globetrotter
my understanding is that the excess air will damamge the wiskey over time - but that time is about 2 years. if you have a bottle of wiskey decanting on your desk for 2 years, give me a call and I'll help you polish it off.


A bottle of whiskey has never lasted 2 years around me. Globe if you were here it would be lucky to last 20 minutes.
post #5 of 10
If the decanter is made of lead crystal, it's not a good idea to leave liquids in it for a long time. Apparently lead can somehow leach out of the glass and contaminate the booze if you leave it in there for a long time.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by globetrotter
my understanding is that the excess air will damamge the wiskey over time - but that time is about 2 years. if you have a bottle of wiskey decanting on your desk for 2 years, give me a call and I'll help you polish it off.

2 years, hell my is lucky to last 2 weeks, and that is a DAMN big bottle at that, especially after Monday
post #7 of 10
A full bottle of whiskey is an abomination.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Stu
A bottle of whiskey has never lasted 2 years around me. Globe if you were here it would be lucky to last 20 minutes.

post #9 of 10
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Kind of reminds me of a story from a few years back. A friend of mine, a good ole boy from the South, saw someone at a party with a beer can cooler.
"What's that?" he asked me.
"That's to keep the beer from getting warm," I said.
"Huh, I've never had that problem," he said.
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Originally Posted by Trilby
If the decanter is made of lead crystal, it's not a good idea to leave liquids in it for a long time. Apparently lead can somehow leach out of the glass and contaminate the booze if you leave it in there for a long time.
I've read this various places too. Most lead oxides are pretty insoluble in water and alcohol, but over time I suppose there is some risk. Better safe than sorry.
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