Christy and I have finally classed up the joint with whiskey decanters. I'm a big fan of beautiful, useful, and lasting objects, so classic crystal decanters have been on my purchase list for years now. I had been waiting for a time when Ravenscroft's line of decanters where in my reach. Then I found out that Crate and Barrel had released a beautiful line of glassware. More importantly, I could get two or three pieces for the price of one of the Ravencroft line. Sold.
On the subject of decanting, whiskey decanters are strictly for looks, whereas wine decanting has a purpose. When wine is exposed to oxygen, the reaction can open up richer flavor profiles and dramatically improve the experience. Whiskey is much more stable. A fifty year old bottle of 18 year old Macallan will taste like a six month old bottle of 18 year old Macallan. Whiskey aging happens in the barrel, not inside glass. So the purchase of a whiskey decanter allows you to toss a Maker's Mark bottle into recycling while displaying that beautiful caramel colored liquid in something more your style. I think that's worth it. My two new decanters have made one more corner of my house into a spot I love to look at.