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.



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.




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


Stainless steel with gel center
Franmara | Shop CM


Solid stainless steel
OneHundred Co. | Shop


Milled soapstone
Teraforma | Shop


Solid granite
Sea Stones | Shop CM


Milled soapstone with polished finish
Teraforma | Shop CM


100% natural soapstone
Scotch Rocks | Shop


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  • Andy Milonakis

    Why talk about whiskey purists and not ruining sacred whiskey with ice and then use an image of the McDonalds of Bourbon. Yuck. who the fuck cares about Jim Beam, you should not only put ice in it but maybe even mix it with orange hi-c

  • Drewski Marker

    Thanks for Sharing. I have been curious about this for sometime and I like to see that you test out products you offer on your website.

  • ErnestCLE

    An excellent study! That makes sense why my whiskey stones had dubious effects on my bourbon.

  • Antonio Baia

    And if they were balls of Pure Gold instead of steel????

  • Rob Kellington

    What about standard stainless steel ball bearings? How would they differ from the “Balls of Steel”?

  • Willie D

    At the dollar store I picked up plastic icecubes with sealed water inside… so no muttled flavor… maybe not “cool” looking but they do the job.

  • Andrew Harkins

    Would love to see the same test with each thing having equal surface area. I would imagine the steel balls would work the best since it has the minimum surface area per unit of volume.

  • BarryJT

    Why would you want to chill your whisky to begin with?

  • Scotchblotch

    They would be much much worse, gold conducts heat immensely well meaning they will immediately cool the whisky but it will drop off quick as there isn’t a slow conduction of the heat into the metal as in the steel cubes.

  • JB

    Aren’t the balls of steel a sex toy?

  • Thierry Allard

    I was thinking the same thing. Surface area is smaller for balls so reaction is slower. That’s why balls of steel are better than puck of steel. Also how many of weach were added? It is pretty obvious than steel will keep on being the test material, but I’m pretty sure the results of from balls of rock could be significantly enhanced.

  • alonewolfcub

    Oooh look at me, I’m so much better than you because you like a different kind of alcohol…

  • Chivealicious

    This article should have been called “Game of Stones”. Just saying, that would have ruled.

  • Dkx

    Has anyone else realised the fact that the data and the graph don’t match up? The Steel Pucs apparently have a Lowest Temp of 62.2°F, yet the graph shows it dropping below 60°F.

  • MaxineKarchieZdebiak

    I perhaps am biast as we hand make soapstone discs and cubes, as well as a couple sizes of GrillingStones. I have not tried the Balls of Steel or Steel Ice, and I do not know what they produced from or where, but what I do know is that soapstone is inert, it will not impart any flavour to any libation/beverage you place them in. Soapstone is so dense no bacteria holds in it, nor will it scratch even your finest crystal glasses, your teeth as it is smooth and soft. Soapstone is a great transfer of heat and cold and perhaps not as cold as some other items. I do know that soapstone has been used for centuries for cooking & containers as well as countertops in laboratories because of the inert and bacterial factors, which I know to be an issue with all other rocks because they are poris or plastic made of these products.

    In the end I believe that people will drink beverages whether scotch, wines, other libations or beverages the way they wish. Some will like them icy cold & some will like them cooled so the flavours will come out as the makers intended.

  • chuckt12345

    its a solid bourbon for the price

  • k

    you are incorrect, the red graph line representing Steel Pucs doesn’t go below 60.

  • Dave

    Yes, I’ve done it. 1 inch and 304 or 316 grade stainless ball bearing will do the trick. Cheaper than all so you can keep chilled stock in your freezer and refill. Balls of Steel have a sort of hydroscopic gel that has a high caloric resistance, as all forms of water do.

  • sluflyer06

    That would serve no purpose, this isn’t a chemistry experiment. Thats akin to cross shopping a M3, corvette, and mustang but then saying you would like to see the test with all 3 cars having the same engine which would serve no purpose because you would no longer be testing the products you intended to.

  • Andrew Harkins

    Yeah you’re right. I think I misunderstood the test. They’re testing products as is, not the properties of each product.

    Something else I messed up on in my original comment. I should have said the same volume or mass, and not the same surface area. Anyways it’s a moot point.

  • http://drivinginertia.com/ Paul David Olson

    What about putting the glass in the freezer for an hour before pouring in the booze?

  • Bob

    Purists who don’t want ice just order it neat. When ice is used, it is supposed to dilute as well as chill. These are nothing more than a gimmick.

  • ALittleBitNuts

    Would you prefer they opened a $1000 bottle of hooch to do the experiment or something that will never be missed… I’d personally prefer the latter

  • ALittleBitNuts

    as long as you don’t mind a little BPA in your whisk(e)y 😉

  • ALittleBitNuts

    I’d like to see the details of the study because I don’t see what original temp the object placed in the bourbon was “pre-chilled” to. Or were they all just room temp…

  • Todor Georgiev

    Hi there, I am not located in the US, so the above links are pretty much worthless for me. I wanted to ask where can I buy the 4 “Steel Ice” cubes from??? In amazon and ebay there are many of choices, but I believe that they are not the same as the ones which you have tested. “Balls of Steel” are super overpriced as 25usd for 2 balls.

  • Anon

    The kind of whisky I’d want to drink at 50 degrees Fahrenheit is the kind of whisky I’d want to dilute with ice in the first place! I really just want something that stops my drink from warming to above room temperature in my hand, so stones are probably about right for me. Might pick up some steel ones as well to keep other drinks chilled with, though.

  • Trainrwreck

    Jim Beam would be more akin to AppleBees or TGI Fridays. While I know this is a year old post I still will respond along with say who would be an Andy Milonakis fan.