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    Whiskey Stones?

    http://www.vat19.com/dvds/whiskey-stones.cfm



    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?

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    Re: Whiskey Stones?

    See this thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Sin View Post
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sin View Post
    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.
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    Re: Whiskey Stones?

    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.
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    Re: Whiskey Stones?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkEdwards View Post
    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.

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    Re: Whiskey Stones?

    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.

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    Re: Whiskey Stones?

    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.
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    Re: Whiskey Stones?

    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.

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    Re: Whiskey Stones?

    Quote Originally Posted by bourbonNOOG View Post
    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.
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    Re: Whiskey Stones?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sin View Post
    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

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    Re: Whiskey Stones?

    Quote Originally Posted by CorvallisCracker View Post
    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...

 

 

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