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TomFischer
12-22-2010, 16:39
Something tells me there are a few Maker's Mark Ambassadors here on StraighBourbon. Maker's sends their Ambassadors holiday gifts each year and for 2010, Maker's Mark has delivered a nice plastic ice ball maker (http://www.bourbonblog.com/blog/2010/12/22/makers-mark-ice-ball-maker-mold-bourbon-balls-gift/) for a spherical shape which will ensure less surface area in your near "perfect" ice cube, it won't melt as slowly giving you optimum Bourbon drinking moments..and not the water.

Anyone used theirs? Here is a picture of it and more info on this link - ice ball maker (http://www.bourbonblog.com/blog/2010/12/22/makers-mark-ice-ball-maker-mold-bourbon-balls-gift/)

Or you could use these in place of snowballs for snowball fights...jk!

callmeox
12-22-2010, 16:52
Yep, this is mentioned in this thread.

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15071

cowdery
12-22-2010, 18:16
I think Tom meant it won't melted as quickly.

In Japan, apprentice bartenders carve spheres and other ice shapes from square blocks. There is a machine for bars that will do the same thing. That is perceived as better than the molded type, although the molded ones are all I've had, here in Chicago at bars such as The Violet Hour and The Whistler.

There was a big stink a few years ago when one of the single malts started to promote ice balls and give the carving machines to bars because, you know, single malt drinkers thought their sacrament was being defiled.

Dramiel McHinson
12-22-2010, 20:26
I can't wait to give it a try! Their gifts are always a nice touch.

silverfish
12-23-2010, 07:18
I have two of the MoMa sets (http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_Spherical%20Ice%20Tray%20Set_10451_ 10001_57253_-1_11496_11593_Y_giftideas_) and use them frequently
during summer months. The round ice does seem to
melt more slowly, especially when used for mixed drinks
in a Bodum double walled glass (http://www.bodumusa.com/shop/line.asp?MD=1&GID=30&LID=489&HID=4560-10US&CHK=&SLT=&mscssid=NH767DL4QGTD9G1BGPNSS4FFJP4R6818).

unclebunk
12-23-2010, 07:25
Just got mine last week and will test it out tonight. Seems a bit gimmicky to me, but what do I know? I'm not much for ice in my whiskey anyway (especially in winter) but what the heck, it looks interesting.

p_elliott
12-23-2010, 08:20
I got mine, made some last night my MIL's boyfriend is coming over for Christmas and it was discussed that he wanted to try Templeton rye over ice.

The trays are a little hard to fill and empty.

silverfish
12-23-2010, 10:24
The trays are a little hard to fill and empty.

The MoMA "two ball" ones are tricky to fill as well. You fill
up the lower half and then set the upper half into the lower
part. Any little "jiggle" and you hear a "whistle" sound when
the upper half raises which can result in not fully formed
spheres if you put it into the freezer this way. It takes a
bit of trial & error but after doing it a few times, you can
get it to work.

As far as removing the ice, I've had no problem with the 2
piece set - using a butter knife to chip away excess and pry
out the spheres - and figure this would work on the MM set
as well. Not as easy as the old "twist & dump" ice trays but
not terribly bothersome.

Bourbon Boiler
12-23-2010, 20:18
Got mine this week, can't wait to give it a try.

rockporter
12-25-2010, 11:43
Got mine and put to use - My son with Knockabout Gin (made locally in MA) and mine with Four Roses.

squire
12-25-2010, 19:07
Certainly a conversation starter. Believe I'll stick with my cracked ice though as the Bourbon doesn't last long enough to become diluted.

pepcycle
12-26-2010, 13:38
Who needs anything to freeze balls in this blizzard?

squire
12-26-2010, 13:59
Guess we better find something warm and comforting to drink. Wait, I know just the thing . . .

Stones
12-26-2010, 17:22
I also bought a set when i was in NY from MoMA, probably prefer the red MM version as the guys do give me a bit of sh*t for having a pink set. I am a big advocate of them though as they do last for two drinks worth here in the Sunshine State. :grin:

jburlowski
12-27-2010, 04:36
There are all sorts of these molds available... in various sizes. Just Google "ice ball molds".

Slob
12-27-2010, 12:20
There are all sorts of these molds available... in various sizes. Just Google "ice ball molds".

That led me, indirectly, to this. http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/d29b/ Thank you.

nblair
12-27-2010, 12:35
Just a disclaimer to anyone who might be looking at ice trays made of silicone. I had a nice set a couple years back, they were perfect 1.5" cubes. After a few uses, I noticed my drinks started tasting a little off. Sure enough, it was the ice. I tried everything to wash the trays, vinegar, baking soda, regular soap and water, but nothing worked. YMMV, but that is why I like the non-silicone MM ice ball trays.

CorvallisCracker
12-29-2010, 16:05
That led me, indirectly, to this. http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/d29b/ Thank you.

OOOooooooo!!!!!!!

p_elliott
12-30-2010, 06:53
That led me, indirectly, to this. http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/d29b/ Thank you.

That just looks like something Gothbat would post/buy :grin:

keng
01-04-2011, 18:34
The trays are a little hard to fill and empty.
Yes, filling is a bit annoying so I'm going to drill out a wider hole for ease of filling. I've made a dozen 1/2 balls which seemed cool.

OscarV
01-05-2011, 13:30
Yes, filling is a bit annoying so I'm going to drill out a wider hole for ease of filling. I've made a dozen 1/2 balls which seemed cool.

You don't fill them thru those little holes.
You fill the bottom tray (the one without holes) with water and then put the other tray on top it and the excess water comes thru those little holes.

BTW, I see a couple of entrepreneurs have some up for sale on eBay.

Halifax
01-05-2011, 16:41
So... I am finally getting around to trying them tonight. First with some OGD BIB. It is a bit watered down, and deteriorated the finish that I love from OGD. However, afterwards I poured some current GTS over an ice ball, and voila! Me likey.

cowdery
01-05-2011, 21:04
While the balls are great, an easier way to make a single, big ice cube is cut off the bottom of a plastic water bottle and use that as a mold. Pick a bottle that's just a little smaller than the glass you want to use. Similar effect, but a lot easier to make.

bonneamie
01-06-2011, 04:28
Aha, hints from Heloise!

Josh
01-06-2011, 04:34
For bigger balls, use a water balloon in a large cup.

craigthom
01-06-2011, 05:30
While the balls are great, an easier way to make a single, big ice cube is cut off the bottom of a plastic water bottle and use that as a mold. Pick a bottle that's just a little smaller than the glass you want to use. Similar effect, but a lot easier to make.

But it's not nearly as pretty. Any shape other than a sphere will have a larger surface-to-mass ratio, but probably not enough to make a big difference.

paris1129
01-09-2011, 05:26
I had seen these online last summer and really wanted them, but the molds were a bit too pricey for me to bite. I was so pumped when I got these in the mail after Christmas! I have already used them several times, and they are nice. While I usually drink my bourbon (and other whisky for that matter) neat, it is nice to have this option that minimized dillution.

HighTower
01-10-2011, 03:54
Just got mine in the mail today, gotta love that they send this stuff all the way down under!

Scott

BourbonJoe
01-10-2011, 08:28
I never got one. They sound pretty neat though. I guess I'll turn in my ambassadorship.
Joe :usflag:

kickert
01-10-2011, 08:30
I never got one. They sound pretty neat though. I guess I'll turn in my ambassadorship.
Joe :usflag:

I am a member of most of the Bourbon groups (ambassadors, mellow moments, stillhouse, etc.) and the iceball maker is the only holiday item I received.

TomH
01-10-2011, 08:43
While the balls are great, an easier way to make a single, big ice cube is cut off the bottom of a plastic water bottle and use that as a mold. Pick a bottle that's just a little smaller than the glass you want to use. Similar effect, but a lot easier to make.

The MM molds were super easy for me to use.... I just gave it to Barb !

docbible
01-10-2011, 20:09
I love the MM ice balls. I placed one in s highball glass with ER 17 yerterday and left it on the counter while I finished putting up the christmas decorations. I heard a loud "POP" and looked back at the glass. The ball had shattered into about six pieces and splashed my bourbon all over the counter. Only lost some bourbon and glad it didn't happen while in hand, kicked back and relaxing in the easy chair. tim

craigthom
01-11-2011, 17:53
I am a member of most of the Bourbon groups (ambassadors, mellow moments, stillhouse, etc.) and the iceball maker is the only holiday item I received.

You may want to follow up on the Mellow Moments membership to make sure they've got you. I got two mailings from them: the ornament and a Christmas card. The card appeared to actually be signed by a whole mess of people. Julie wrote my name, so I know she signed it.