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    Question Whisky Stones?? for cooling?

    This thread shows something that my wife had seen in the Sur La Table catalog... http://www.surlatable.com/nav/i/cate...ortby=ourPicks

    Looks like soapstone that you put in freezer to cool? May consider getting cause I like a cooler start to my pour but wanted to know if anyone had used them or seen them before....Any thoughts?
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    Re: Whisky Stones?? for cooling?

    I got a set for my birthday last week. I like the idea behind the stones. You need to put 3 to 4 stones in the glass to cool. I like to swirl my bourbon while drinking and wonder if the stones will scratch the crystal or glass that they are in. Time will tell. Ice may be better if you like your drink to dilute as you sip. tim

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    Re: Whisky Stones?? for cooling?

    Thanks for letting me know your experience with them docbible. I figured the end all was -- how to cool off low proof whiskey -- Have you noticed any affect on flavor? if they are in there for a while, 45-60 minutes is usually how long a pour lasts with me...
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    Re: Whisky Stones?? for cooling?

    I did not detect any change in the palate. I did rinse before and after use. tim

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    Re: Whisky Stones?? for cooling?

    These stones were mentioned back in this thread.

    I have used them and find they do a nice job of cooling
    short term but as I mentioned, I advise you use caution
    when placing them into a glass!

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    Re: Whisky Stones?? for cooling?

    Another solution, if you like your whiskey cool but not diluted, is to keep the bottle in the refrigerator or even the freezer (it won't freeze).

    I haven't tried the stones but have tried similar products and didn't get much out of them. I don't use ice often and I guess that when I do, I like the dilution as well. There's also an inevitable problem, which is that it's the cold melt water mixing with the whiskey that really cools it, much more than radiation from the cold object, which is all you get with the stones and similar alternatives.

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    Re: Whisky Stones?? for cooling?

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Another solution, if you like your whiskey cool but not diluted, is to keep the bottle in the refrigerator or even the freezer (it won't freeze).
    That is how Jimmy Russell reportedly does it. I've got a WT 101 in my fridge right now.

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    Re: Whisky Stones?? for cooling?

    I think I was born with a set.
    (Technically, I got them for my birthday as well)
    Colonel Ed
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    "It ain't the booze that brings me in here, it's the solace it distills"

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    Re: Whisky Stones?? for cooling?

    Quote Originally Posted by pepcycle View Post
    I think I was born with a set.
    (Technically, I got them for my birthday as well)
    Hmmmm... whiskey pebbles.
    John B

    "Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons… that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals."

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    Re: Whisky Stones?? for cooling?

    I got some stones right here for cooling as well......What? Anyway I don't think bourbon should be F-ed with. Neat is the only way to go and anything else only ruins the experience. I won't stop my wife from putting ice in her bourbon because I've at least gotten her to that point of drinkin bourbon. It's a good starting point. I was there years ago, but no more.

 

 

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