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Sin
09-10-2010, 15:55
http://www.vat19.com/dvds/whiskey-stones.cfm

http://images1.vat19.com/covers/large/whiskey-stones.jpg

Anybody ever try these things? I don't drink a lot. I sip, mostly. I'll nurse a drink for up to a hour, at times. Since I don't drink it quickly enough, I never use ice. But, I would like to, since I know you get a different flavor out of your bourbon.

I found the Whiskey stones, and they sound like a good idea. I just don't know anything about them. How well do these work? Maybe there's a better alternative? What other options are there?

CorvallisCracker
09-10-2010, 16:20
See this thread (http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13831)



Anybody ever try these things? I don't drink a lot. I sip, mostly. I'll nurse a drink for up to a hour, at times. Since I don't drink it quickly enough, I never use ice. But, I would like to, since I know you get a different flavor out of your bourbon.

We have some, given as a gift. My wife is the whiskey-on-the-rocks drinker, so she tried them, but didn't like them.


I found the Whiskey stones, and they sound like a good idea. I just don't know anything about them. How well do these work? Maybe there's a better alternative? What other options are there?

Keep your bourbon, and bourbon glasses, in the freezer.

MarkEdwards
09-11-2010, 03:24
Sounds like a kidney disease (grin).

I did a lot of looking around on these last year, and the general consensus seems to be "Don't waste the money."

I tend to agree that if you like your bourbon cold (I don't - I like it at room temperature), then put the bottle and/or glasses in the freezer. Back in my bohemian days, I used to keep a bottle of Glenfiddich in the freezer, and this worked out well.

MurphyDawg
09-11-2010, 19:28
Sounds like a kidney disease (grin).

See I was thinking like the crud in the bottomof a bourbon cask, like the beer stone that can build up in fermenters.

Edit: Well heck, it looks like the two are related, lol.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcium_oxalate

Back on the original topic, they arent worth the money IMO.

Bourbon Boiler
09-12-2010, 11:41
I keep all of my bourbon in the freezer. I've never chilled the glassware, but I suppose that would be effective as well.

I know some who like cold drinks, but don't want the melting to water them down, freeze grapes and use them as ice cubes. I can't see this for bourbon, but an idea nonetheless.

tommyboy38
09-19-2010, 07:25
I think they probably suck as they won't cool the whiskey down enough to make an appreciable difference unless you have a bunch of stones and just a small amount of whiskey.
If you think you might like something like this, just get a handful of rocks, clean them and use them as you would these overpriced novelties.

bourbonNOOG
09-20-2010, 05:21
My mother just got back from Chicago and brought back a set for my father and I. They do chill your bourbon ever so slightly but nothing like pouring it over ice. Then again, for someone like me who always drinks their bourbon neat, they don't water the bourbon down, which is great.

Personally, at 19.99 I probably wouldn't buy them on my own, but I wouldn't be disappointed if someone gave them to me a gift.

kickert
09-20-2010, 06:11
Personally, at 19.99 I probably wouldn't buy them on my own, but I wouldn't be disappointed if someone gave them to me a gift.

I am right there with you.

TomH
09-20-2010, 09:57
Maybe there's a better alternative? What other options are there?

This alternative is only good during the winter months in a cold climate, but I have found it creates the perfect cooled whiskey (in addition to a great overall environment).

When the weather is below 32 degrees find a hot tub outside (or in my case open the doors to the unheated sun room with a hot tub)and set your whiskey glass down for about 5 minutes near it. Then get in the hot tub and sip your whiskey that should now be somewhere around 60 degrees (Note: as long as you don't get your glass too close to the water it should continue to chill). This method of drinking is even more enjoyable if there is a lady with you in the hot tub.

Tom

DanG
09-29-2010, 04:41
Keep your bourbon, and bourbon glasses, in the freezer.
It seems to me the fridge would be much better. Grappa and fruit brandies, for example, usually taste their best at about 12.5C (~55F). When I got a bottle of local Black Forest cherry brandy for the first time as a gift and didn't know better, I put it in the freezer. It tasted like vodka (this is bad). Having that same Kirschwasser from the fridge, it was delicious... the ripe cherry flavor really came through. A good bourbon will have more flavor and you won't lose everything in the freezer, but you lose so much flavor drinking it cold... so perhaps at least keep it in the fridge, not the freezer? Or else just put the glasses in the freezer? It just seems such a shame to have such cold whiskey with so much of the flavor frozen out of it...

CorvallisCracker
09-29-2010, 09:04
Depends on the ambient drinking conditions. My wife, who is the cold whiskey drinker in the family (I drink it neat, at room temperature) likes to sit out on the the patio duing the summer. The bourbon warms up pretty quickly.

jbillin
02-25-2011, 03:48
Might I suggest www.whiskeydisks.com

squire
02-25-2011, 14:38
I received a set of these as a gift and was told to keep them in the freezer. They do the job as advertised but the novelty is when a guest asks for whisky on the rocks.

As for keeping whisky in the freezer, well, that's perfectly acceptable. It's your whisky, drink it as you like.

bourbonbasement
05-03-2011, 11:55
I also received these as a gift a couple years ago. For some reason, I really enjoy these with rye whiskey and certain types of scotch. I think the coolness takes a bit of edge off, but not so much as melted ice. Otherwise, I don't notice much difference with bourbons and most whiskey, and they just get in the way.

Chilling a bottle or glass makes sense as well, but I have a tiny freezer. Besides, my my bottles look much better on my shelf. I'd say if you can find these for $10 or less, pick them up on a whim and try it out.

the Duff
05-03-2011, 16:53
The wife got me a set of these.

If you're looking to chill your whiskey they really don't work at all.

However, I enjoy the weight they add to my glass. I don't know why.

HP12
05-03-2011, 17:40
Whiskey Stones? A gimmicky fad and from the same fold as the "Pet Rock".

cas
05-11-2011, 03:37
Sounds like a kidney disease (grin).


I'll pass.
Craig

kickert
05-11-2011, 15:40
Sounds like a kidney disease (grin).



I'll pass.
Craig

I sure hope that pun was intentional... and if it wasn't, you need to claim that it was!

cas
05-12-2011, 16:32
I couldn't pass the opportunity.
Craig

ODaniel
05-16-2011, 19:51
The wife got me a set of these.

If you're looking to chill your whiskey they really don't work at all.

However, I enjoy the weight they add to my glass. I don't know why.

It has to chill them some, right? I enjoy my bourbon neat, at room temp or slightly cooler, not cold though. However, my room in the summer gets 80-85*. Hot bourbon is not as enjoyable. I was really considering some stones to keep in this freezer to cool my pours down to proper temp when it's hot as hell in my room. I keep my bourbon in my room since I have a house with roommates.

silverfish
05-17-2011, 04:54
Ok, if you don't wanna use the stone "ice", why not try
a whiskey stone shot glass (http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/whiskey-stone-shot-glasses)?!...

eneely
01-12-2012, 14:59
I got a set of these for Christmas, and I am undecided. They came with a wooden tray and two double old-fashion glasses.

They cool a shot of whiskey just a little bit, much less than I thought they would. But about what the instructions claimed. I think it was 59 degrees, "the temperature of a Scottish whiskey pub." (sheesh)

Of course, they don't add water to your whiskey, which is a plus. And swirling a stone around in the glass is a novelty, and sort of cool.

http://www.thenewenglandtradingcompany.com/On_The_Rocks_Granite_Drink_Chillers_With_Tumblers. htm

StraightNoChaser
01-12-2012, 15:56
I got a set for free from Laphroaig but have never used them. Don't see the point to chilling whiskey, it reduces your sensitivity to the flavors

eneely
01-14-2012, 18:04
I don't know. You drink red wine slightly cooled, but warm up brandy. What is the best temperature for whiskey, and is it the same for all styles?

Eth3rStrik3r
01-15-2012, 13:41
One of my buddies just dropped one into a glencairn, and the glass shattered...not surprised, but be careful if you are using thinner lined glasses.

callmeox
01-15-2012, 15:31
I don't know. You drink red wine slightly cooled, but warm up brandy. What is the best temperature for whiskey, and is it the same for all styles?

There is no best temperature, but there's time for you to experiment to see what you prefer.

LongBeachScott
01-17-2012, 10:55
I was curious about these as well. I just went out in my yard and got a couple smooth river rocks, scrubbed them, and put them in the freezer. They don't chill liquids nearly as much as ice cubes will (because the ice changing phase causes much more heat transfer than just conduction), but I don't like things "ice" cold anyway. The other advantage of river rocks is they are smoother and can be larger than the whiskey stones and less rough on the glass (although I wouldn't just drop them in).

eneely
01-19-2012, 07:12
One of my buddies just dropped one into a glencairn, and the glass shattered...not surprised, but be careful if you are using thinner lined glasses.

My technique is to put the stone in first, then pour. But you can use that idea without paying me anything. :cool:

eneely
01-19-2012, 07:13
There is no best temperature, but there's time for you to experiment to see what you prefer.

From your mouth to God's ear.

smokinjoe
01-19-2012, 18:16
My BIL had these at Christmas, and he had me try them. I found them utterly useless.

jcg9779
01-19-2012, 22:00
My BIL had these at Christmas, and he had me try them. I found them utterly useless.

Don't let him fool you...Joe's entire freezer was filled with them for this last GBS meeting. I think we broke his heart when no one wanted to use them...

smokinjoe
01-20-2012, 09:38
Don't let him fool you...Joe's entire freezer was filled with them for this last GBS meeting. I think we broke his heart when no one wanted to use them...

Great job on the mention, Jack. Good work! :D Yes, they have finally arrived. Those are the results of the GBS Private Quarry Selection of Whiskey Stones. We believe we are the first group to ever do such a selection. Hours of relationship building with the country's best rock, stone & aggregate producers have finally payed off! And, by using our 14 point rock selection criteria, (smoothness, weight, glass feel, edge sharpness, color, chill holding capability, etc. Characteristics that the normal whiskey stone selectors can't successfully identify) we have come up with some crazy good stones. I've subtly mentioned their existence in the chatroom, and already have sold 16 sets! GBS Logistics Department will be sending each of you members your allotment, so you may partake in this wonderfully enterprising endeavor with customers in your own area. ;) :cool: ;) :cool:

A little BT in my glass right now, being ideally chilled with GBS Whiskey Stones. I continued to be amazed by these GBS Stones...

I can't wait to list the GBS Whiskey Stones as my #1 Best whiskey thing in the Best of 2012 Thread later this year.