The hoggett decanter (or hoggit if you
prefer) is a very peculiar
decanter design just for port. The decanter has a round bottom and
can only be put down back in the specially carved wooden base.
The reason for this is that port
etiquette suggests the port should never be allowed to stop in front of
anyone except the host.
So in this way guests are handed the
decanter, pour themselves a glass, and then have no option but to pass the
The ultimate in port bad manners is to
"hog" the decanter.