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Best whiskey stones 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated April 1, 2020
Best whiskey stones of 2018
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets. Following is the list of top three whiskey stones of 2018.
Come with me. After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this whiskey stones win the first place?
I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
Why did this whiskey stones come in second place?
The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.
№3 – Set of 9 Grey Beverage Chilling Stones [Chill Rocks] Whiskey Stones for Whiskey and other Beverages – in Gift Box with Velvet Carrying Pouch – Made of 100% Pure Soapstone – by Quiseen
Why did this whiskey stones take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
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The controversy behind whiskey stones
If you look online, you’ll find no shortage of people opposed to whiskey stones. Their oppositions vary widely: Some simply believe that whiskey stones are ineffective at chilling their drink, while others claim that having stones in your glass of whiskey can be a hazard if the stones fall on your teeth or into your mouth.
Essentially, the argument is that whiskey should either be drank neat (for whiskies with complex flavor profiles that shouldn’t be diluted) or that ice is a viable, and more effective, method of chilling (for whiskies in mixed drinks).
There is no disputing the fact that whiskey stones can get in the way of an otherwise “neat” drink, and that there is a risk of them tumbling out of the glass and into the mouth of an unsuspecting imbiber.
One solution to this problem would be to use whiskey stones to chill the drink, then pull them out before beginning to drink. This is a reasonable and viable option, given the fact that most whiskey stones (including our recommendations) come with tongs designed to easily place and remove whiskey stones.
Another solution is to simply use whiskey stones that won’t tumble into your mouth, or onto your teeth, while being used. This was a major consideration when ranking the whiskey stones in our study.
The argument in favor of whiskey stones
The biggest argument in favor of whiskey stones, and the argument that whiskey stone manufacturers highlight most frequently, is the fact that they make it possible to chill a drink without any dilution. While the importance of that point could be disputed, there is no disputing the fact that an effective whiskey stone would achieve this goal.
One of the arguments against whiskey stones is that they don’t chill a glass of whiskey as much as a glass of ice. While true, it is important to remember that a glass of whiskey starts losing its complexity around 45° to 50°, so the fact that whiskey stones don’t chill as much as ice is intentional and by design.
When speaking to one of the master distillers from the WhistlePig distillery, their recommendation was also to keep the temperature in the 45° to 60° range. This is something that we kept in mind when testing whiskey stones.
The 45° to 60° range makes even more sense when put into the context offered by Scotch Whisky distilleries: Scotch Whisky is produced, and was originally consumed almost exclusively, in Scotland, where the ambient temperature is lower than in many other parts of the world.
The risk of whiskey stones tumbling out of the glass, and causing potential damage to one’s teeth, can be essentially neutralized by choosing a whiskey stone that is designed to avoid this exact problem. The design of the Balls of Steel best fits this category, and is one of the primary reasons that product is our top pick.
Ultimately, those who argue against whiskey stones typically do so due to legitimate yet biased reasons (such as bartenders), or because they are using the wrong stones (such as those who use whiskey stones made from soapstone that ultimately fail to provide sufficient chilling).
Attention to Detail
It is clear that the folks over at OriginalBOS paid close attention to detail when designing their product. The spherical shape just makes more sense from an ergonomic perspective, especially when compared to the square shape of most whiskey stones. Instead of tumbling around the glass, the BOS has a smooth, ball bearing-like effect in the glass.
Balls of Steel
Cooling power alongside attention to detail make this the best option for whiskey lovers.
As a long time whiskey drinker, I prefer drinking my whiskey in a Glencairn whiskey glass whenever possible. For those who might not know, the Glencairn glass is the first and only whisky glass to be endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Association, and its “tulip” shape allows the dram to aerate, while the inward-curving shape of the glass helps to concentrate the smell of the drink, thereby optimizing the “nosing” experience.
If you prefer traditional soapstone style whiskey stones, getting the first-to-market Teroforma stones is the way to go.
Teroforma whiskey stones held their own against the other non-steel whiskey stones we tested. While the Maker’s Mark disk did get slightly colder for a brief period, within about 1minutes the Maker’s Mark disk was quickly losing its ability to chill, whereas the Teroforma stones were able to provide a consistent few degrees of chilling for about 40 minutes.
This, in conjunction with the fact that the Maker’s Mark disk doesn’t even fit into a Glencairn glass makes the Teroforma Whiskey Stones the best soapstone whiskey stone we tested, and worthy of an Honorable Mention.
From the moment we opened the packaging of the Teroforma whiskey stones, it was readily apparent that the Hellmans take great pride in their product. Unlike the other soapstones we tested, the Teroforma stones had a very consistent, clean appearance, with no residue or anything else that might negatively impact the taste of a whiskey they were placed into.
This likely is due to the fact that the Teroforma whiskey stones are milled in the Teroforma workshop, enabling the company to produce a product of consistent quality.
Unfortunately for Teroforma, the fact of the matter is that, even as the best-performing soapstone whiskey stone, it still failed to come close to matching any of the steel whiskey stones we tested, both in amount of chilling, length of chilling, and (for our top BOS pick) overall ergonomics.
Any fan of whiskey needs a set of tasting glassware for their home bar. So what better pair of glasses to set the stage for their nightly sip than these Glencairns, hailed as the “Official Whiskey Glass.” They’re made from non-lead crystal, feature a tapered mouth for easy sipping, and a wide bowl for thorough inspection of the whiskey’s character and hue.
Whiskey and literature go hand-in-hand, especially if it’s you who’s scribing about the experience. Whiskey Notes offers just that, serving as a guide for personal exploration through the spirited drink. It hosts a hardcover journal with guided pages for tasting notes, a slim notebook complete with worksheets for the home distiller, and even a fold-out American Whiskey Family Tree poster.
Whiskey Soaked Campfire Jerky
There are two ways to a whiskey lover’s heart. More whiskey and beef. Luckily, ManReady Mercantile combined the two in the form of this whiskey-soaked campfire jerky, soaked overnight in Bulleit Bourbon before getting slowly smoked in a Texas smokehouse with Texas pecan wood. Each piece is also hand cut, measured, and inspected so nothing but the best makes it out of the Lone Star State for your enjoyment.
Angostura Classic Bitters
Nothing like the original. And if cocktails are your thing then it’d be wise to pick up some bitters for the bar. I mean, it’s one of the main ingredients to an Old Fashioned. Their unique blend of natural herbs and spices result in a one-of-a-kind addition to any craft cocktail scene. They even pair well with food preparation too.
Whiskey Wood Bar Stool
Any home bar requires bar stools. So why not pick up a set of all wood barstools made from reclaimed whiskey barrel wood from the Jack Daniel’s Distillery? They come in either a swivel for fixed setup and are finished to preserve the woods’ past life as an aging medium for some of America’s most well-known whiskey.
Stag Horn Whiskey Flight
Nothing like enjoying a flight of your favorite drams out of a genuine stag horn. Each Sir Jack’s Whiskey Flight is handmade in Scotland from a real deer antler, comes equipped with four 6oz tasting glasses and will certainly class up the home bar or library for the better. And in case you were wondering, yes, the antler is ethically sourced as well.
The Gift Of Great Whiskey
You can see that it dropped the temperature of the beverage quite rapidly to start things out, but it very quickly jumped up a little. It obviously melts faster (including some of it nearly right away when pouring in the beverage) than larger ice cubes, meaning the drink stays good for a shorter amount of time, unless you like really watery drinks.
Because n’ICE Cubes will never melt and dilute your drinks. Simply place in the freezer for a few hours, then slip a handful into a glass and pour on your favorite potent potable, like a top-shelf single malt. In minutes, your drink is nicely chilled—and still full strength. Afterward, just rinse, dry and place the cubes back in the freezer for next time.
If you want to taste something that really shows off the Scotch influence on Japanese whisky, reach for the Hakushu. It’s a single malt, meaning it’s from one distillery, peated, and pot-distilled. It’s smokey from the peat, yet still lighter in taste thanks to fruit and honey notes.
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Depending on the material of the whiskey stone, there can be differences on how long it may take to chill the whiskey and how long it can keep it cold. Stainless steel materials can usually chill your drink faster and sustain the temperature for longer periods of time than the other materials. Make sure that the stones you buy are not simply plated with stainless steel. Instead, find a reputable source for pure stainless steel whiskey stones.
Using solid soapstone whiskey stones is also a great way to chill your drink. Not only do they look better and more classy, they are also softer than steel and usually have rounded edges so they will not scratch your glass inadvertently.
The amount of the whiskey stones’ surface area that is exposed to the drink will affect how fast it can chill your whiskey, so keep this in mind when selecting your set. Also, check if the stones have been properly polished and if they do not contain sharp edges.
A quick rinse with water is all that you need to clean and maintain the stones. Before you put them in the freezer again, make sure that they are dry by wiping them with a clean towel.
Take cocktailing (yes, it’s a verb) to the next level. Just like ice cubes, these all-natural soapstone cubes chill your favorite spirits—or whatever your beverage of choice might be—but, unlike ice, they don’t melt. So not only does your drink not get diluted, the flavors don’t get “closed” (fancy speak for dulled down). Because revenge isn’t the only thing that’s best served cold and undiluted.
Gift wrapping and packaging
We Do not offer gift wrapping and for the safety of our items most packing materials do contain plastic to prevent damage during transit. We do ask you to recycle materials whenever possible.
Also as a busy shop with only people, we are unable to include any gift card/notes with your order.
Simple answer is No.
Soapstone whiskey stones are designed to chill by approx. degrees bring it just slightly below room temperature, which is the optimum drinking temperature for spirits. Any colder and you will close us the flavours in your drink. It is just enough to take the edge off.
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Don Draper eat your heart out!
From the turned crystal bevel on the base that gives it that almost ethereal quality, to the chunky and spacious bottle design itself, this is a real collectors piece that will add a touch of old world class to any man cave or home bar for sure.
Price Disclaimer Our friends over at Ashcroft are on hand to deliver yet another outstanding whiskey decanter set.
This iceberg themed decanter set features a brilliant design on the glassware and decanter bottle giving the effect of being encased in ice.
The chunky iceberg glass stopper completes the effect and all in all this is just an outstanding and eye catching decanter set that will sit proudly on display at any home bar worth its salt.
Ashcroft time and again deliver unique and bold designs with their glassware and decanter sets and this set is no different. From the high clarity diamond glass construction to the exquisite packaging this is a set that will make you the envy of your friends.
The decanter itself comes in at 4lb and the four iceberg tumblers are 1lb a piece so there is substantial weight and thickness to this decanter set which lends to the drinks staying cooler longer and a more satisfying experience when drinking and pouring from this set.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your whiskey stones wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of whiskey stones
- №1 — Stainless Steel Whiskey Stones/Rocks-Perfect for Whiskey
- №2 — Social Tradition 9-Piece Natural Whiskey Soapstone Set in Pine Wood Case
- №3 — Set of 9 Grey Beverage Chilling Stones [Chill Rocks] Whiskey Stones for Whiskey and other Beverages – in Gift Box with Velvet Carrying Pouch – Made of 100% Pure Soapstone – by Quiseen