This Whiskey Decanter Works Like a Carafe, With Less Jangling
The Nyht Whisky Decanter. (Photo:  Norlanglass/website)

This Whiskey Decanter Works Like a Carafe, With Less Jangling

Shopping for 1.75-liter bottles to limit trips to the liquor store may make practical sense, but you don’t have to give up on style when dispensing a dram. At only 4.7 inches high and 3.3 inches wide, Norlan’s Nyht whiskey decanter ($330 including tumbler, as shown) is a compact, elegant treat. Designed by Iceland’s Sruli Recht, the frosted vessel has a capacity of roughly 8.5 ounces—about three drinks—so you’ll want to refill it regularly as a tasteful upgrade for your nightly nip.

THE COMPETITION

• Best known for wine glasses, Austrian company Riedel has in recent years moved into spirit-specific glassware. Its $199 Neat spirits set includes a 34-ounce crystal decanter and two rocks glasses.

• Copper detailing on the cap and the bulbous bottom of Tom Dixon’s Tank whiskey decanter ($150) give off the look of a sophisticated drinker’s vessel. But at a capacity of 1 liter, it could double as a substantial piece of lab gear.

• Most decanters are made with clear crystal to show off the spirit inside. The art deco-influenced Vinyl whiskey decanter ($395) from venerable Portuguese manufacturer Vista Alegre keeps its contents a surprise behind a black exterior.

THE CASE

Norlan first made its mark on Kickstarter five years ago with a smartly engineered whiskey glass that can aerate the spirit for maximum aromatic impact. The Nyht, its latest invention, is mouth-blown and finished by a team of Czech master glassmiths. The design is inspired by tumbler-topped water carafes you might put on your nightstand, but unlike the loose jangling that accompanies the routine, Nyht’s glass sits snugly because of the clever ring etched into the top. As the name suggests, it’s ideal for a nightcap, but it works just as well for afternoons in the backyard­. Or even morning—hey, no judgments here. $330

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