For a more in-depth look at ice vs. stones, please also see our 2012 feature on the subject.
By Jake Emen
I love the idea of whiskey stones, and I wanted to actually love using them. Which is why I was extra disappointed by my experience with them versus my expectations, and wanted to share that with the other whiskey-heads out there.
The premise of whiskey stones, which have been popping up as popular gifts and hot items all over the place, is a simple one – chill your whiskey without diluting it. The concept is fantastic, but there’s a failure of execution.
Don’t get me wrong, when you grab a few whiskey stones from the freezer, they feel ice cold. You’re expecting great things. This could change everything, you happily think to yourself while pouring in your spirit to recommended specifications.
But then… not so much. If you’re using a proper whiskey glass and follow the guidelines of how much spirit you should have versus how many stones, then you’ll notice a slight chill. It certainly takes a bit of the edge off a harsh spirit and lowers the liquid down from room temperature a tad.
However, it’s by no means a substitute for having a few pieces of ice in your glass. The whiskey just never gets that cold, or really, close to that cold. The stones are cold, and the glass may even be cold to the touch. But the liquid you’re drinking isn’t, it hovers just slightly below its starting point fresh out of the bottle.
And if you use a wider glass, or more liquid compared to the number of stones used, then you’ll hardly notice anything at all.
When you pay attention to the fine print of the box, you’ll see a description that provides a disclaimer to your expectations, basically telling you to expect a slight chill. A slight chill is at best what you receive, but that’s not the way the product is marketed, and not what I was expecting.
So the next time I want my whiskey on the rocks, I’ll stick to the fake ones, not the real ones.