When purchasing a luxury Deakin & Francis crystal decanter, you want to know how to look after it and keep it looking the best it can. This is why we have decided to outline some key tips and tricks on using your decanter, maintaining their quality, and what are the best drinks to put within them.
How To Clean Your Decanter
The most important thing to remember when it comes to cleaning your crystal decanter is to avoid anything that may leave scratches. Remove any jewellery that could leave a mark. Stick to soft cloths and kitchen roll. They should never be placed in a dishwater as the detergent used in these tablets can actually dull the glass. Whether used for wine or whisky, it can sometimes be tricky to remove stains from these drinks. Mix rock salt with half a cup of white wine vinegar. If these stains are persisting try a mixture of warm water, baking soda and rock salt.
Drying Your Decanter
Remember to avoid anything that could leave a scratch. Kitchen roll is great as it can absorb the liquid and will not leave any tiny bits of tissue. To be able to reach all parts of the inside of your crystal glass decanter you can wrap the end of a wooden spoon with kitchen roll. For the best results after a wipe leave the kitchen roll inside the bottle over night to soak up all excess water.
How To Use Your Decanter
So, what exactly is a decanter and what is it used for? It is a vessel used to hold liquid. They can be used for many different types of alcohol such as wine, whisky, vodka or gin to name a few. In the olden days, decanters were a way for high society to flaunt their wealth. Today a decanters main purpose is for aesthetics rather than a specific functional use. Certain types and shapes of decanters work better for certain spirits. For example a wine decanter does not usually need a stopper as for red wine it allows the wine to breathe. A whisky decanter can have a stopper as this spirit does not need to breathe, baring this in mind, you can of course use a stopper for your wine if you do not plan on serving all of the wine.
What Alcohol Goes Into A Decanter
We are big whisky lovers here and like to fill our decanters accordingly. Another couple of favourites of our Deakin & Francis team are Gin and Port. It is known that using a decanter for Tequila can take an edge of this intense spirit. For red wine, it helps to accelerate the breathing process, which increases the natural fruit and oak flavours. It is said that certain shape decanters can be better for certain liquids, such as wine in a more rounded bottle or vodka and whisky in a decanter with thick walls and bottom. A decanters most important purpose is the aesthetics, so no matter what your tipple of choice is, picking the right design comes down to your personal style.
The Perfect Choice
We offer a range of luxury decanters. From our grumpy gorilla decanter to stag head decanter, there is something for everyone. Our iconic jaw dropping skull has also been turned into a luxury decanter, whether you choose the high shine silver finish or the matte black skull decanter, show off your Deakin & Francis barware in style.