whiskey chilling stones became ubiquitous in the last decade, and most whiskey drinkers have a set or two kicking around, whether gifted by a friend or tucked into a promotional pack you bought during the holidays. The idea behind them is simple: Rather than melting into your whiskey and diluting it like ice cubes do, these frozen stone cubes cool the liquid and provide an enjoyable chill. They’re also available in a variety of shapes and colors, as well as materials like marble, granite, stainless steel and soapstone.
Elevate Your Whiskey Experience: Using Chilling Stones for Tasting and Aromatics
Traditionally, whiskey stones are cube-shaped and made of soapstone or other natural material that holds cold. But makers of these useful bar accessories have found other shapes to suit different glasses and adult beverage types, and they’re open to personalization too, so you can get a set with your initials on them or even the Rebel Alliance insignia from Star Wars.
Using whiskey stones is easy, once you’ve chilled them in the freezer. Simply drop one or more in your glass of alcohol and enjoy. After a few sips, you can refresh the stones in the freezer for another round of cooling. Since they’re reusable, most at-home bartenders have multiple sets on hand.