Continuing the topic on whether to add ice to your scotch, discussed early here. In that post, I argued against adding ice to your drink, primarily because of two reasons. Adding ice may potentially "freeze" your scotch, dulling the aroma. More importantly, as the ice melts, the water will dilute the drink, and along it, its flavors.
If someone prefers to drink their scotch chilled, but wants to avoid the risk of diluting their drink, what are their options? Well, for starters, and one that I commonly do is to leave my tumbler in the freezer half an hour before I pour my drink, so I will be drinking my scotch from a nice chilled frosty glass.
Another option that I am recently introduced to is the addition of "whisky stones". What are whisky stones, you ask? Well, whisky stones simply cubes of flavorless, odorless, non-porous soapstone
that can chill your liquor without diluting it or affecting its taste.
These soapstone retains its temperature longer than ice, thus providing a more lasting chill. What I especially like is that even though the chill from the whisky stones last longer, they do not chill your scotch so harshly that it is so cold that the flavor profile of the drink is sacrificed. The stones are softer than granite, and are not supposed to scratch your beloved tumbler, or your teeth when you are drinking, for that matter!
Whisky stones are sold by a company called Terforma, and can be purchased from amazon by clicking here. Prices are fair too, retailing at less than $20 for a set of nine stones, making them perfect as a gift as well.