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(The Whiskey Reviewer)   Is it worth all of the hype to put actual rocks into my whiskey?   (whiskeyreviewer.com) divider line 150
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2013-01-22 10:25:30 AM
The warmth of the whiskey is what makes it so damn satisfying. Why would you want to chill it anyway?
 
2013-01-22 10:27:27 AM

jaylectricity: The warmth of the whiskey is what makes it so damn satisfying. Why would you want to chill it anyway?


Chilling lower quality whiskey makes it drinkable.

I like to add Grape Fanta as well.
 
2013-01-22 10:27:37 AM
Whiskey Ice Balls are better.
 
2013-01-22 10:32:41 AM

jaylectricity: The warmth of the whiskey is what makes it so damn satisfying. Why would you want to chill it anyway?


done in one.
 
2013-01-22 10:37:14 AM
The biggest reason to say no is the pure practical reason; they're really annoying to deal with. The thing about ice is that if it hits us in the face when you tip the glass up, it's not a problem.  Add to that the fact that whiskey rocks always make me terrified they're going to shatter the glass from the inside if I move my hand a little too violently and they knock into the walls of the glass, and you've got a product that is completely not worth it.
 
2013-01-22 10:37:44 AM
Whiskey is best chugged straight from the bottle after sitting in the trunk of a hot car all day.

The warmth of the bottle on your lips and your now steaming gullet aids in absorption which makes the drive home less memorable and that is important when you consider the fact you are drinking hot whiskey you had stashed in the trunk of your car on a hot summer day.
 
2013-01-22 10:38:57 AM

jaylectricity: The warmth of the whiskey is what makes it so damn satisfying. Why would you want to chill it anyway?


I generally drink mine neat, but it depends on the whiskey.  Some Scotches have some flavors and aromas locked up that are released when you add a small amount of water or ice (which in and of itself has led to a cottage industry of distilleries selling water for you to make your own ice cubes from the same water source they use for the whiskey).  Some other whiskeys have flavors that become more nuanced when chilled, allowing them to tone down and let some of the other character come through.

I drink a lot of bourbon and prefer it neat, but occasionally I like it on the rocks when the weather is really hot.  The stones are okay.  A couple of large ice cubes work fine for me as well.
 
2013-01-22 10:41:04 AM

Mirrorz: Whiskey is best chugged straight from the bottle after sitting in the trunk of a hot car all day.

The warmth of the bottle on your lips and your now steaming gullet aids in absorption which makes the drive home less memorable and that is important when you consider the fact you are drinking hot whiskey you had stashed in the trunk of your car on a hot summer day.


Cheers
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2013-01-22 10:45:10 AM
Whiskey belongs in a shot glass and consumed in one gulp, as the Tuatha Dé Danann intended!
 
2013-01-22 10:46:38 AM
" It certainly takes a bit of the edge off a harsh spirit "

Which means you're not drinking whiskey worth having stones in. The stones, which I use, bring the temp down about 10 degrees from room temperature. Like really good wine you don't want it chilled lower than 60 degrees because it numbs out the taste. A good wine and whiskey like a 'French Room" temperature which is mid 60s. I enjoy my high end bourbons at about 62-65 degrees because it brings out (to me) more of the spice. A Parker's 27 wants to be 65 degrees and the subtle textures come alive at that temperature. This is where the stones come in. Bringing it down from 72-75 to the proper drinking temperature.

I have a selection of bourbons both expensive and not so expensive. I also have a bottle of Jack Ds from 1978 which has only had 3 drinks removed from it. Love some bourbon!
 
2013-01-22 10:51:40 AM

xynix: I have a selection of bourbons both expensive and not so expensive. I also have a bottle of Jack Ds from 1978 which has only had 3 drinks removed from it. Love some bourbon!


One of these things is not like the others.  One of these things is just not the same...
 
2013-01-22 10:52:51 AM
Maybe if you put the stones in your toaster oven until they're warm but not hot to the touch. Then you could drop them in the whiskey and just breathe every delicious wisp that comes out of the glass.

/no seriously I can't think of a reason to put them in the good stuff
 
2013-01-22 11:01:17 AM

unlikely: Maybe if you put the stones in your toaster oven until they're warm but not hot to the touch. Then you could drop them in the whiskey and just breathe every delicious wisp that comes out of the glass.

/no seriously I can't think of a reason to put them in the good stuff


If your whiskey is one best consumed at "cellar temperature" like many red wines (which is going to be in the low '60's Fahrenheit), it drops the temperature without watering the whiskey down or making it too cold.  It really depends on the whiskey.  Many beverages have aromas and tastes that are more pronounced at certain temperatures, which can be good, or it can overwhelm some of the subtler characteristics.
 
2013-01-22 11:05:53 AM
Toons.
 
2013-01-22 11:06:02 AM
 Has this guy never heard of refrigeration? If he wants to make his cheap-ass whiskey cold without diluting it why doesnt he just put it in the freezer?
 
2013-01-22 11:12:12 AM

Mentat: Toons.


whatvinniethinks.com
 
2013-01-22 11:48:24 AM
Does a farker dip his balls in a jar of vaseline?
 
2013-01-22 11:50:07 AM

jaylectricity: The warmth of the whiskey is what makes it so damn satisfying. Why would you want to chill it anyway?


Not for me, I like the flavors, not the warmth.  To each his own, right?  And I tried the whiskey stones, they are teh suck.  However, I do like this:

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2013-01-22 12:04:18 PM

timujin: jaylectricity: The warmth of the whiskey is what makes it so damn satisfying. Why would you want to chill it anyway?

Not for me, I like the flavors, not the warmth.  To each his own, right?  And I tried the whiskey stones, they are teh suck.  However, I do like this:

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Why dont you just put the bottle in the fridge?
 
2013-01-22 12:07:26 PM
people... people put ice in their whiskey?

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2013-01-22 12:08:12 PM
Sometimes I'll get a splash of water good and hot before adding a double shot of whiskey to it. Fire in the belly is a good thing when it's 0F or colder.
 
2013-01-22 12:08:52 PM
No.
 
2013-01-22 12:10:19 PM

quickdraw: Why dont you just put the bottle in the fridge?


Because the ice melts and adds some water?

I drink most of my whiskey with ice and sparkling water. I also normally drink really cheap whiskey, so it makes it much more palatable.
 
2013-01-22 12:11:56 PM

quickdraw: Has this guy never heard of refrigeration? If he wants to make his cheap-ass whiskey cold without diluting it why doesnt he just put it in the freezer?


Was about to chime in with this. I keep my vodak in the freezer for my vodak and tonics.
 
2013-01-22 12:13:58 PM
How about using those plastic cubes with water inside?

Maybe putting what looks like LEGO bricks in your whiskey doesn't look as classy, but who cares.

/me knows whiskey drinkers cares about their looks.
 
2013-01-22 12:15:37 PM
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These were a fun gift from Maker's Mark last year.
 
2013-01-22 12:16:15 PM
I got these for Xmas and was disappointed as well. I thought I was doing something wrong...not sure what though.
Glad to know I'm not the only one that finds the product disappointing.
 
2013-01-22 12:16:55 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: people... people put ice in their whiskey?

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2013-01-22 12:17:21 PM
I just freeze up some Mountain Dew ice cubes and use those to cool it down.

What? Why are you looking at me like that?
 
2013-01-22 12:20:43 PM
I use one of these to bring the drink down in temperature first, then take it out and put the stones in (I have the larger version, where a cube is about an inch and a half or so on a side)

victorycigars.ca
 
2013-01-22 12:32:30 PM
Scotch is best with just a touch of water. It takes away a bit of the bite and releases the flavor.
 
2013-01-22 12:35:18 PM

xynix: ***snip***


You are begging for a punch in the dick, just saying.
 
2013-01-22 12:36:15 PM
I find that the stones don't make the drink cold, but it does cool it down. If you want cold, chill the glass, then add the stones; they definitely help keep the chill.

I like them for the quality of not watering down the drink. I won't use them with scotch, only bourbon, rye, or Irish whiskey, and even then only if it makes for a better drink.

Rincewind53: The biggest reason to say no is the pure practical reason; they're really annoying to deal with. The thing about ice is that if it hits us in the face when you tip the glass up, it's not a problem.  Add to that the fact that whiskey rocks always make me terrified they're going to shatter the glass from the inside if I move my hand a little too violently and they knock into the walls of the glass, and you've got a product that is completely not worth it.


Not an issue, unless you're really tipping the glass all the way up. Also, you'd have to practically throw the glass to get the stones to move like that. You're more likely to spill the drink in that case anyhow. Just what the heck are you doing when you drink?
 
2013-01-22 12:37:03 PM
I always drink my whiskey with my pinky finger pointed up.
 
2013-01-22 12:37:38 PM
Good whiskey or scotch just needs to be blessed with a tiny bit of water. WTF is wrong with you people?
 
2013-01-22 12:37:40 PM
My fridge has a built in icemaker. It makes relatively small icecubes. I've found that one cube in the glass is just about the perfect amount of cooling (lower than room temperature, but not cold) and water for most of the scotch I like.

This made me a happy guy when I first bought the fridge.
 
2013-01-22 12:40:14 PM
Whiskey stones??

Ice cubes?!!

THIS is how you drink whiskey.

Amateurs.
 
2013-01-22 12:43:05 PM

Minus 1 Charisma: Whiskey stones??

Ice cubes?!!

THIS is how you drink whiskey.

Amateurs.


Won't people think I'm crazy when I start to have a conversation with my glass of whiskey?
 
2013-01-22 12:44:52 PM
Enough about the rocks....how do people feel about using a silly straw?

/sophistication kicks in around the third loopdeloop.
 
2013-01-22 12:47:11 PM

costermonger: My fridge has a built in icemaker. It makes relatively small icecubes. I've found that one cube in the glass is just about the perfect amount of cooling (lower than room temperature, but not cold) and water for most of the scotch I like.

This made me a happy guy when I first bought the fridge.


I also prefer one cube. That little bit of water gives you some nice flavor variations.
 
kab
2013-01-22 12:47:44 PM

Rev.K: Chilling lower quality whiskey makes it drinkable.


Avoiding lower quality whiskey is an even better option.
 
2013-01-22 12:49:21 PM

Pontious Pilates: Good whiskey or scotch just needs to be blessed with a tiny bit of water. WTF is wrong with you people?


Water is for washing. Whiskey is for drinking.
 
2013-01-22 12:51:19 PM

Nabb1: xynix: I have a selection of bourbons both expensive and not so expensive. I also have a bottle of Jack Ds from 1978 which has only had 3 drinks removed from it. Love some bourbon!

One of these things is not like the others.  One of these things is just not the same...


You could read it as xynix loves bourbon so he won't even touch the Jack.
 
2013-01-22 12:52:01 PM

kab: Avoiding lower quality whiskey is an even better option.


As you know, you drink the whiskey you have, not the whiskey you might want or wish to have at a later time.
 
2013-01-22 12:54:29 PM

Pontious Pilates: Good whiskey or scotch just needs to be blessed with a tiny bit of water. WTF is wrong with you people?


This.

This thread is full of people who put ketchup on hot dogs.
 
2013-01-22 12:54:53 PM

Nabb1: xynix: I have a selection of bourbons both expensive and not so expensive. I also have a bottle of Jack Ds from 1978 which has only had 3 drinks removed from it. Love some bourbon!

One of these things is not like the others.  One of these things is just not the same...


Actually Jack Daniels could be labeled as Bourbon. They choose not to be. They claim their whiskey has a distinct taste that is not like Bourbon and do not wish to be labeled as such.
 
2013-01-22 12:56:38 PM

Minus 1 Charisma: Pontious Pilates: Good whiskey or scotch just needs to be blessed with a tiny bit of water. WTF is wrong with you people?

This.

This thread is full of people who put ketchup on hot dogs.


You're not supposed to put ketchup on hot dogs?
 
2013-01-22 12:59:11 PM
Um the reason they don't work is that stones do not have anywhere near the heat capacity that water does. one gram of ice will absorb way more heat than a gram of whatever those are made of when heated from -5 to 0 degrees. Add in the phase change from ice to water if you happen to cross over the freezing temperature and you have even more energy absorption.
 
2013-01-22 12:59:32 PM

the_sidewinder: I use one of these to bring the drink down in temperature first, then take it out and put the stones in (I have the larger version, where a cube is about an inch and a half or so on a side)

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I bought three sets of those as xmas gifts for my parents and brother and brother's gf because they all drink gin and tonics. Seems more appropriate for a drink like that.
 
2013-01-22 01:01:12 PM

Cythraul: Minus 1 Charisma: Pontious Pilates: Good whiskey or scotch just needs to be blessed with a tiny bit of water. WTF is wrong with you people?

This.

This thread is full of people who put ketchup on hot dogs.

You're not supposed to put ketchup on hot dogs?


Secret Stadium Sauce, get with the program.
 
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