Whiskey stones keep your whiskey chilled without diluting the tasty beverage. What’s even better about them, they can be used for other beverages too, whether they are alcoholic or non-alcoholic. No matter what kind of drink you use them with, they won’t dilute the beverage and you can enjoy the full strength of your beverage until you’re done with it.
While you’re thinking that whiskey rocks will make a great gift for the whisky drinker on your gift list, you should know that not all whisky stones are created equal. And do that note, we have created this buying guide that will educate you about whiskey stones and help you find the right kind for your scotch drinker.
Rocks made from Soapstone
These are made of all-natural soapstone and should be placed in the freezer a minimum of four hours before needed. They come in a set of nine rocks with a carrying pouch, giving your bourbon, scotch or whiskey touch of style.
These are 100% soapstone and will preserve your drink’s flavor while keeping it chilled. They should be placed in the freezer a two to three hours before they are needed and will take a few minutes to chill your drink. Soapstone will not have a reaction to alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages or water other than making the Bourbon rocks a special touch.
Stones made from Steel
Stones made from Granite
Stones made from Marble
What Exactly Are Whisky Stones
Mostly they are small chunks of soapstone, but they can also be made from many other materials like steel, granite and marble. They are odorless, non-porous, and tasteless so no need to worry about them affecting your whisky or any other beverage you may use them with. You keep them in the freezer until you’re ready to use them and they’ll keep your whisky chilled but wont water it down.
Why Do You Need Bourbon Rocks?
Any whiskey lover will let you know right away that having their scotch ‘on the rocks’, meaning over ice, will ruin the flavor of the drink. Why? Because they melt and dilute the beverage and with neat whiskey, they even ruin the smooth texture. Whiskey rocks, on the other hand, will chill your Bourbon, Scotch or any other spirit without diluting and keep it nicely chilled. And another great feature, they can be used in any beverage, even non-alcoholic drinks.
What Makes Scotch Rocks Work?
There isn’t any secret really, it’s a simple thing in fact. You place your Scotch rocks in the freezer for two to three hours before you need them. After they are chilled, you add two or three Scotch stones in your glass and then sip your delicious bourbon, scotch, whisky or other beverage, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Neither the flavor of your drink nor the texture of your drink will be affected by the whisky rocks.
The Style Is A Factor With Whiskey Rocks
In addition to the obvious benefits of using Bourbon rocks in regards to the flavor and the texture of your beverage, Bourbon stones will give the feel and looks of your drink a punch. They provide an ‘eye candy’ touch that will start many conversations as others notice them. They are definitely an ‘ice breaker’ for any party with their unexpected visual appeal.
Things to Consider before Buying
Whisky stones are available in a variety of sizes, so depending on the size and style of glass you’ll be using should be considered when buying whisky stones. If you are purchasing these rocks for a gathering or party, be sure you purchase and ample amount so that you don’t run out. How unfortunate would it be if some of your guests have to use standard ice?!
Keep in mind that whisky rocks don’t chill drinks instantly and they won’t keep them chilled instantly either. But they do add a style to your drinks, they don’t water your drinks down because they don’t melt like standard ice and they are convenient too.
Be sure you choose the color you want when purchasing your whisky stones. There is nothing more disappointing than to get your whisky stones and not like the way they look in your scotch or any other beverage.
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As you venture out to buy your first batch of whiskey stones, keep in mind the shape, size, and styles of glasses you have because the stones come in various different sizes. You should purchase the shape and size of whisky stones that will allow you to put two to three of them in a glass easily.
If you entertain quite a bit, be sure to buy several sets so that you’ll have enough to go around at your next cocktail party or gathering. You don’t want the first guests to have your newly purchased classy whisky stones and the late comers to be left with plain old ice cubes, right?!
And remember that whiskey stones do not chill the whisky instantly and they won’t keep the whisky chilled for long periods either. So pouring the smallest amount of whisky possible on 2 to 3 stones isn’t because you’re cheap or stingy with your whisky. You’re simply making it the best drink possible for your guests. And purchase the whisky stones that can be used in a non-alcoholic beverage as well, some of your guests may be a designated driver and need to keep their alcohol content to a bare minimum.
With clean whisky glasses and the new whisky stones, your guests will be in awe of the fine beverage you serve them. After some whispers between your guests how fancy it all looks, you can share with them if you please where you got these items that they are enjoying so much.
Different Types of Whiskey Rocks
Stainless Steel Whiskey Stones
Made from stainless steel, they are anti-bacterial, anti-corrosion, and durable. They can be frozen in one to two hours making it a convenience. This is done with a non-toxic gel inside the center of each one that keeps them cold on the inside so they stay cold longer on the outside.
They will stay cold longer than the other whisky stones and can be used in other beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. They can be used over and over without worry of wearing out and will come in their own pouch, making them easy to store. They are lightweight and 100% environmentally safe, both BPA-free and approved by the FDA. They add a touch of class to the look of the whisky glass too!
And for the environmentally minded whisky drinker, they are eco-friendly. Keep in mind, though, they are not dishwasher safe.
Soapstone Whisky Rocks
These are the most popular currently which could be because they have been out longer than the others such as the stainless steel type. Soapstone whisky rocks are inexpensive, which is another reason they are so popular. However, after the release of other types, it is quick to see the downside to using them that stainless steel rocks don’t:
- They crack easily and fall apart
- They wear down
- They can only be used in some alcoholic beverages
- They are heavy
- They don’t’ keep the drink cold for long
- They have to be frozen 5 hours
Granite Whisky Stones
One advantage to the granite whisky stones is they don’t melt and that means your whisky isn’t diluted. However, they also don’t chill whisky as good as stainless steel or everyday ice cubes either. But by not chilling as well, granite whisky stones also leave the aroma and the flavor at full strength, whereas everyday ice cubes weaken both. Granite whisky stones freeze in twenty to thirty minutes and they can be washed in the dishwasher. For the whisky lover that likes their whisky neat, granite whisky stones are the perfect answer.
Whiskey Stones VS Whiskey Disks
What Is A Whiskey Disk?
Whiskey Disks are just as the name implies a large single disk that is one and three-fourth inches round. And whiskey stones are small cubes. Whiskey disks work the same as whiskey rocks, but you use only one per glass with up to two ounces of scotch. In just five minutes, your whisky is chilled and ready to enjoy.
The bourbon disk and whiskey stone perform the same way, with both lowering the beverage’s temperature by as much as 12 degrees in five minutes. They both take up the same room in the glass when using 1 disk or 3 “cubes”. As far as the taste, testers could not tell any difference, meaning that both will not dilute the beverage and weaken the aroma, the feel or the taste.
The whiskey disk isn’t swirled around in a tumble fashion inside the glass like the whiskey stones are, which are more like a true ice cube. The disk will turn on its side and roll toward the whisky drinker’s lips, which can be bothersome. Both that were tested were a soapstone product and safe for any glassware. In some styles of bourbon glasses like the Riedel Single Malt, the scotch disk did not fit the bottom of the glass flush. This allowed it to flip around more which can make for awkward drinking.
The whisky stones and whiskey rocks are aesthetically pleasing in the fact they resemble ice cubes whereas the whiskey disks are perhaps too unconventional for a scotch drinker.