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    The best Decanter Stopper

    There was an early post that mentioned just a hollow glass decanter stopper but I recently happened to find in an antique shop several used decanters with different stoppers, cork, plastic and glass. I need help in deciding which to buy. They are all under $20.00.

    I know there are a lot of knowledgable people on this site so my question is: What stopper will last longer, cork, plastic or glass? I'm assuming glass except I'm wondering if by repeated use, will the glass slowly chip away or not have a good seal? Will the plastic stopper degrade or split and will the cork eventually dry up and crack?
    I appreciate any ideas... .



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    Re: The best Decanter Stopper

    I recently happened to find in an antique shop several used decanters with different stoppers, cork, plastic and glass. I need help in deciding which to buy. They are all under $20.00.

    I know there are a lot of knowledgable people on this site so my question is: What stopper will last longer, cork, plastic or glass?
    I have assembled a bit of a collection of post-pro decanters. The best quality decanters all have glass stoppers. Most are ground glass, although some very fine ones have smooth glass.

    Many older decanter stoppers have small chips, and sometimes the ends break off, but they all seal well.

    I think plastic is tacky, and cork is not durable, although it can be replaced.

    Hope this helps.

    Jeff

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    Re: The best Decanter Stopper

    The best decanter seal, IMO is the glass stopper, particularly the ground glass stopper. If you don't break it you have a lifetime seal.
    Joe

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    Re: The best Decanter Stopper

    But this begs the question of 'why would you decant Bourbon?' I understand wine. There may be sediment etc you want to remove. But the only reason I can see to decant Bourbon is you just like the decanter. Is that right? I have several nice glass decanters inherited from my parents. I filled them once because they looked "cool" but I find I'd really rather pour from the original bottles.

    Just wondering,

    Ken

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    Re: The best Decanter Stopper

    Many reasons you may occasionally use a decanter. If you buy any older ceramic decanters, its much more attractive to pour from a nice crystal/glass decanter than that "Ma and Paw Kettle" decanter.....and you get to see the color (age?) too. If you do any "Gillmanizing".....decanters are great for showing off your blending skill. I also, on accasion, buy a 1.75 and prefer to put it into a smaller container on my display bar than have it stand out from the crowd.

    Randy

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    Re: The best Decanter Stopper

    Good input, Randy, Thanks. I actually kind of like the Ma and Pa Kettle decanters. They have characture (and I can see the color in the glass). Gillmanizing is a great use. Have to keep that in mind.

    Ken

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    Re: The best Decanter Stopper

    There are a lot of whiskies that are excellent spirits but the packaging of which just doesn't convey elegance. If I was having a nice dinner party and I wanted to offer a bourbon like, say, Old Grand-Dad BIB, I suspect it would be better received from a decanter than from the bottle with the day-glo orange plastic cap, for instance. (Although personally I like the orange plastic cap.) Or Bulleit: the whole "frontier bourbon" thing is potentially off-putting, I think. I think a lot of bourbon packaging goes in a little too much for the hillbilly, good-ole-boy, hound-dogs-and-rocking-chairs image, and while that's a part of bourbon heritage, it may cause some people to take bourbon less seriously than SMSW or cognac, for instance. Even the cheapest rotgut looks impressive in a nice decanter.

    Note re decanters: if you're going to use it for spirits, make sure the decanter is glass and not lead crystal. The high concentration of alcohol in spirits leaches the lead out of crystal.

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    Re: The best Decanter Stopper

    I found this on a site about lead poisoning.

    If imported wine containers have a lead foil wrapper, wipe the rim and neck of the bottle with a towel moistened with lemon juice, vinegar, or wine before using.

    Is the foil on bourbon sometimes lead? Sometimes it is clearly aluminum, other times I think it is lead. Or maybe I am thinking of scotch.
    Ed

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    Re: The best Decanter Stopper

    I see where you are going with this but I don't give one little whit whether someone else takes Bourbon "seriously' or not. If they enjoy it (for whatever reason), fine. I'm more than willing to share the things I have found in my journeys. If they don't.... more for me

    Ken

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    Re: The best Decanter Stopper

    Note re decanters: if you're going to use it for spirits, make sure the decanter is glass and not lead crystal. The high concentration of alcohol in spirits leaches the lead out of crystal.
    Good point but would it really be an issue if you aren't storing it, only serving it, from the decanter??

    Ken

 

 

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