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Most alcohol can be consumed in hundreds of ways. Thousands, even. From lukewarm solo cups to chilled wine glasses, the way you consume most of your alcohol really depends on your level of shame and laziness.
Whiskey, however, is another story.
Learning how to drink whiskey properly takes time, dedication, and of course, the right tools. What tools, you ask? Well, that depends on how good you want your whiskey to be - for regular whiskey drinkers, a glass set. For whiskey drinkers who really drink in the flavor, a whiskey decanter - But, the number 1 thing all whiskey drinkers know to be a must-have for a truly tremendous experience is whiskey stones.
But what are whiskey stones exactly? Why are they so important? What do they even do? Up until recently, not even I knew - I just thought they were put there because they were cool. But it turns out that they serve many purposes, and we’re going to get into it (as well as other whiskey accessories that would make some seriously suave gifts)!
Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!
Learn more about what food pairings go well with whiskey in 'The Art of Whiskey Pairing: What Food Goes Best with Whiskey?'.
Stones for whiskey come in many forms, but are more often than not made of non-porous soapstone. This allows the stones to get cold without absorbing liquid - making them that much better for whiskey. Once placed in your drink, they act like whiskey ice cubes without actually diluting your beverage. This creates a perfectly chilled, wonderfully classic glass of whiskey that stays cool, no matter the temperature outside (or inside) - and you stay cool simply by looking super rad holding a glass with whiskey rocks in it.
Whiskey stones also serve an aesthetic purpose. As we all know, whiskey shouldn’t just be enjoyed with our taste buds, it should look pleasing and delicious as well. That’s why presentation matters. Whether you enjoy it as sipping whiskey, neat whiskey, or whiskey with bullet whiskey stones, it should look just as appealing as it tastes.
Yes. BUT: It’s important to note that using whiskey stones vs. ice will get you very different experiences. Stones do not keep your drink as cold as ice would, but they do not dilute your drink in the process. Pretty amazing, right?
In short, whiskey stones are mainly for people who want a relatively cool drink that doesn’t get filled with water in about 20 minutes! Whiskey stones are also best for those who want to savor the flavor of whiskey without any interruptions. Those who prefer their whiskey neat may also find added benefits of using whiskey stones.
Does any of that sound like you? If it does, read on!
As mentioned, there are a lot of different types of these little drink enhancers: whiskey rocks, whiskey cubes, even whiskey bullets. All of which get the job done by chilling your drink effectively for long periods of time.
But, I’m sure you’re asking...which whiskey stones are the best ones? Which ones look cool, get the job done, and last a lifetime?
I’m so glad you asked, dear reader, because I’m about to guide you to the wonderful world of the whiskey stone. Let’s go over a couple of my personal favorite sets that have upped my game in the whiskey circuit.
There has never been an easier way to look like you’re on the set of a Clint Eastwood movie, without having to deal with his weird NRA-heavy tangents. These stainless steel bullet-shaped whiskey stones come in a whiskey box with a revolver-style freezer base, so you can never lose track of them and also start a conversation when someone opens your freezer and wants to know what in the hell is going on in there.
Be a Bond hero (or villain!) with this suave-yet-sophisticated set of sable stones. You’ll sip in style with a wooden tray full of black cubes that are sure to take your whiskey experience to new heights, and also make you look cooler than anyone ever has. No matter what whiskey brands you’re into, these cubes will pair perfectly.
Make sure you chill these for at least half a day for the full effect!
This combo set is perfect for anyone’s whiskey bar! Whether you’re on your own or drinking with a friend, this Mixology and Craft kit holds everything you need for a grade-A good time. It comes with 2 10oz whiskey glasses, ice tongs, a wooden tray, 8 granite whiskey stones, 2 coasters, and even informative whiskey cards to start a conversation.
If you’re looking for other combos, we have countless other sets on our website. If you’re looking for including ones with a whiskey decanter, whiskey balls, and/or carrying bags, you’ll find it with us!
With all this new info, you’re bound to have some questions about your whiskey accessories. I’ve compiled the most common questions here, so you don’t have to switch to a whole other tab to look it up and then get annoyed when you accidentally lose this one. Let’s get into it!
They can, so be careful. Because chilling stones are often made of soapstone or stainless steel, they’re extra durable and, as a result, susceptible to breaking glass if not used properly. That’s why when you use these stones, it’s imperative that you’re gentle.
You don’t have to, but you should clean them occasionally. Whiskey stones are meant to be easy to use, and easier to clean. All you really need to do is put them in warm dish soap and water every now and again. No need to wet them before you enjoy your drink!
For the full effect, yes! Most whiskey stones (including ours) are meant to be put in the freezer to be extra chilled and act as whiskey on ice without the deluding. You don’t have to put them in the freezer, but without this step, you’re just putting room temperature stones in your whiskey. It looks cool, but it doesn’t really serve much of a purpose other than the aesthetic part.
For the best results, you’ll want to put your whiskey chilling stones in the freezer for a few hours at least. Over a day will get you the full, desired effect!
There are many ways to drink whiskey - but no matter how you drink it, who's to say you should enjoy the experience a little more? Learning how to use whiskey stones is a pivotal step in the whiskey guidebook, so the sooner you start, the better your experience will be.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for yourself, a friend, or a loved one, don’t miss out on our whiskey gift sets - check out our website for even more whiskey and cocktail sets, tips, and tricks!
Contributing Writer: Aurora Detor