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We Tested a Bunch of Whiskey Stones to See Which Were The Best

There are purists who will never allow a cube of ice to come in contact with a drop of their whiskey. We get it. Ice melts and dilutes your drink killing the flavor. Whiskey stones are supposed to offer a modern answer for guys who enjoy a cooler beverage but don’t want any ice thinning out their drink. But how well do they actually work? We rounded up a bunch to see just how effective they are. The results were surprising.

A Note on the Test: Many of these stones came in different shapes and sizes. We did our best to use amounts of each so every set was roughly the same in total size. We used 2 oz. pours of whiskey.

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Conclusion

While better than some rocks from the yard, most whiskey stones do little to nothing. Buy them if you want your drink to look cool but not necessarily be cool. If you are looking for a way to keep your scotch a bit colder without watering it down, we found Balls of Steel and Steel Ice to be the best of the bunch. Not only did they drop the temperature of the bourbon a significant amount (over 20 degrees each), but they kept it from coming back to room temperature for over an hour. To get the quickest chill, nothing tops an ice cube or two in your glass, but for a dilution solution, steel beats rock, and Steel Ice or Balls of Steel are the way to go.

 

 

BALLS OF STEEL

Stainless steel with chill core
B.O.S. | Shop CM

STEEL ICE

Stainless steel with gel center
Franmara | Shop CM

STEEL PUCS

Solid stainless steel
OneHundred Co. | Shop

WHISKEY STONES

Milled soapstone
Teraforma | Shop

GRANITE STONES

Solid granite
Sea Stones | Shop CM

WHISKEY LOVERS BLACK

Milled soapstone with polished finish
Teraforma | Shop CM

SCOTCH ROCKS

100% natural soapstone
Scotch Rocks | Shop

ACTUAL ROCKS

No really, we dug these up at the CM HQ
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