Friday, January 28, 2011

Chilling your drinks without dillution

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. 



64 comments:

  1. I remember seeing these things a while back. I need to pick up a set or 2 for my non-diluted drink.

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  3. Oh yes! I've been looking for these for a long time. I remember reading about it and telling myself I was going to purchase them. However, I never got to them and they've been forever lost to me till now. I'm about to go purchase some right now. Thanks for bringing this to my attention Chris.

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  4. never heard of whiskey stones, good to know!

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  5. neither have I!!amazing info!i'll try to find those!i avoid cubes but then again when the weather is not too cold i can't have my scotch warm.

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  6. http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/ba37/ Saw these awhile back, good to know people used them. Was thinking about getting some. Do you take the stone out before drinking? Seems like it'd be cumbersome to have them hitting your mouth while drinking.

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  7. that is bad ass. never thought of dong that...


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  8. THis seems interesting! Thanks!

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  9. I always thought you wanted ice cubes because as they melted, it mellows out the flavor of the scotch

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  10. you are a true scotch enthusiast..honestly I just drink to get drunk... I will treat it like an art for now on!

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  11. sat down with my gf's dad and cousin a couple weeks ago who are both scotch enthusiast, sampled 3 or 4 different ones, they had
    about 8 or 9 bottles, I really
    liked the islay stuff..

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  12. Whiskey stones sound like and excellent solution.

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  13. That's super cool. Definitely worth buying them, haha. I prefer to just leave my booze in the freezer.

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  14. That's great, I'll have to get some of these stones. I'm tired of using ice because it makes my scotch taste like shit after it melts.

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  15. those things are too classy for me

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  16. Woah!!! Dude I want those so much!! :D :D

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  17. I will get these thanks for the tip

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  18. Never heard of these before. Sounds like a good idea.

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  19. Cool idea! Wouldn't want to have a few too many and mistakingly choke on one of those things, though.

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  20. Well, fancy that. I think I need a set of this to enjoy all my delicious, neat beverages cold yet undiluted. Neat!

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  21. How do you feel about vodka? From what I've seen you enjoy your whiskey

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  22. wahh, 1st time hearing bout that stone.gjdm!
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  23. wow when did they come up with that?? thats awesome!

    i dint know it was bad to add ice to scotch. Ill keep that in mind next time, thnx!

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  24. i need to get me some of these so called, soaped stones.

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  25. talk about a scotch ON THE ROCKS! great idea. also try piet hein drink cooler balls.

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  26. I personally go for the frozen tumbler but I will have to check out the stones! Thanks so more for the info!!

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  27. I have never heard of this before. I'm also opposed to ice in whisky but I'm not sure if I can accept literal rocks in it instead. Good read.

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  28. oh wow, I never even knew whiskey stones, existed!

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  29. Didn't know about this, great read!

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  30. I have never heard of whiskey stones before...that's a great invention right there.

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  31. man i wish i was old enough to drink... ;)

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  32. Cool - everlasting ice cubes :)

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  33. I've never even heard of whiskey stones, thanks for informing me!

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  34. I just heard about these a few days ago. I might pick up a set when I become serious about drinking.

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  35. pretty cool! never knew this was possible.

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  36. whoah great product. i will surely try to get some

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  39. How neat, I bet these would be useful for other drinks too

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  40. Awesome idea, I'm not so sure about that color though, doesn't really make me want to drink out of it. Awesome blog man, following!

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  41. Wow, those are the best ice-cube-esque things ever! While I may not drink much scotch, could I use it for water or other beverages?
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  42. really really cool actually

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  43. I gotta try that soapstone one day soon :D

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  44. I'll definitely have to try this.

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  46. i would worry about breaking my teeth. couldn't you just salt some ice water and put the whiskey bottle in that?

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  47. not a big drinke but i might have to try

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  48. Holy shit. I love scotch but HATE watery scotch. I'd never even thought of freezing the glass itself!

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  49. i actully like the slight diluttion of my whisky, as long as you drink it fast enough it shouldnt get tooo watrery

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  50. I never knew about these whisky stones! Great post!

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