There is no greater signal of class than a decanter—as in classy, not as in your daddy sent you to some school where they play squash, but you’ll need a nice one in either case. A perfect combination of form and function, the best ones serve as objets d’art and reusable booze receptacles that breath new life into oxygen-starved spirits. Whether for wine or whisky, decanters are an easy way to exude taste—and one with some of the tastiest results too.
Tianlong $2,500, lalique.com
This 5.72-oz. Asian-inspired repository from France’s finest crystal house will instantly clean up your dingy dojo.
Face to Face $525, riedel.com
By shaking the wine until a foam cap develops above the two concave profiles, you’ll effectively eliminate the maximum amount of young tannins, resulting in “fruitiness on the mid-palate and a more rounded texture.” Designwise, its shape is defined by a stripe of black crystal running the length of one side, a detail that’s worked in during the glassmaking process to juxtapose a clear face with an opaque one, an effect Georg Riedel and his team spent 18 months perfecting.
Petite Coeur/Little Heart $1850, The Strange Decanter
One of the many mind-blowing limited edition creations (eight numbered and signed plus four artist proofs) from Etienne Meneau, a French sculptor based in Bordeaux with, what else, wine and romance on the mind. Its name literally evokes Cupid.
Square $40, potterybarn.com
A no-frills classic, this hand-blown 10-inch-tall decanter will handsomely display up to 25 oz. of your favorite spirit. And for $8.50 more, you can throw your initials on there, to start personalizing that bar cart you’re building at home.
Mixology Mad Men Edition $395, waterford.com
From America’s classic crystal Co. comes this mid-century-style masterpiece. The Mad Men tie-in means it’s as debonair as Don Draper himself—but splashy like Roger Sterling thanks to bands of gold and platinum.
Harmonie $750, us.baccarat.com
Baccarat, the Cadillac of crystal, lets everyone know you mean business—so it’s perfect for closing the big deal. Place behind your desk for instant gravitas—just like Louis XV did.
Street $325, orrefors.us
Designer Jan Johannson’s mod jar is modeled on Manhattan’s grid and stands out thanks to its black stopper. Its glass was spun by Orrefors, the centuries-old Swedish smithy located in a dark spruce forest near its namesake Lake Orrenas, now home to some of the industry’s most adventurous artisans.