Merchants call these Whiskey Stones, but there isn’t a drop of whiskey in them. They are simply a great way of keeping your drink (such as whiskey) cold without watering it down. They are made of stone though, being handcrafted in the USA from a select type of soapstone found only in Vermont.
These are especially useful for drinks like fine whiskey that are ruined when they get watered down. However, I wouldn’t personally use them with whiskey simply because I’m not a big fan of alcoholic drinks. (I have an aldehyde dehydrogenase deficiency—aka I get the Asian flush after a sip or two of a beverage containing alcohol.)
However, I’m surrounded by a lot of folks who enjoy a few rounds of drinks every now and then, even though all I ask from the bar is a glass of apple cider when I tag along with them. That aside, I’ve heard a few friends complain just how much they hate it when the ice cubes in their shots of whiskey melt and waters down their drink.
The solution? Whiskey Stones.
These literally look like tiny blocks of cube-shaped rocks. They’re actually made of soapstone, an actual metamorphic rock worked from the earth, that can take the place of ice in your whiskey glass to give you the slight chill that would make your drink absolute perfection, without the added H2O. (At least that’s what my dad says.)
I can’t really relate but I’m sure die-hard whiskey lovers (or anyone that doesn’t like their drinks diluted) will love these. Plus they look a lot cooler than ice cubes in your glass. Each set comes with a cushy muslin drawstring pouch and nine (9) of these Whiskey Stones. You can cart home a set from ThinkGeek for $19.99. They are also available for $19.95 from Sur La Table and Vat19.
What if you forgot, and swallowed them?
Good question…although they seem a bit too big to accidentally swallow.
My wife got me these for Christmas with a 12 year old single malt. They work pretty well, I particularly like them for beer too.