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How long can you store whiskey in a lead crystal decanter?

Researches stored port wine in lead crystal decanters and detected 89 micrograms (per liter) after 2 days and 2,000 – 5,000 micrograms after four months. White wine doubled its lead content within an hour and tripled within four. Brandy stored in lead crystal had around 20,000 micrograms of lead after five years.

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Simply so, how long can you keep whiskey in a decanter?

If you're using a decanter with an airtight seal, the spirits inside will last just as long as they would in the original glass alcohol container. For wine, that means only a few days, but vodka, brandy, and other spirits could last for years.

Additionally, how long can you store liquor in a crystal decanter? Dr. Graziano said that crystal glasses posed "a negligible risk" because the amount leached was tiny, but that long-term storage in decanters could be a problem. One brandy stored in a crystal decanter for more than five years leached 21,500 micrograms per liter.

Just so, can you store whiskey in a decanter?

By decanting, you are pouring the wine into another container, the decanter, so that you may leave that sediment behind in the bottle. This is not an issue for whisky. As for letting the wine breathe, it releases some of the wine's aromas, which have been trapped in a bottle for however many years.

Is it safe to keep liquor in lead crystal?

Alcohol should not be stored in leaded crystal decanters. This is known as “lead crystal.” Typically, lead crystal contains 24-32% lead oxide. If beverages are stored for a long time in decanters made of lead crystal, tiny amounts of lead can leach out.

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