The Ultimate Guide to Whiskey Stones

Updated on January 22, 2023 by Chris Bajda

It is not translated as "water of life" for no reason. Whiskey has become the go-to drink each time you are having one of the best days of your life. Ironically, this is also the much needed warm hug when life seems to collapse around you. You get to share a drink or two with family and friends and even get acquainted with new friends with this distilled spirit made from grain. What's more, this drink can be enjoyed in many different ways drink to drink, day to day and week to week. One of the best ways to drink it is when you have that chilling effect without having to deal with the dilution by using chilled whiskey stones.

Whiskey Stone Guide Picture

What are whiskey stones?

They are clean-cut natural stones that are used to chill whiskey and other spirits. They vary in size and are designed to be stored in the freezer. Whiskey stones are added straight to your shot of whiskey, scotch or bourbon to chill them without having to dilute the drink. 

Whiskey stones are usually made of non -porous soapstone and are chilled to keep your drink cold minus diluting your whiskey. It takes out of the equation any and all danger of too much moisture and still delivers a tasty, chilled drink. It's a simple bar tool that blends function, form, and timelessness.

Do whiskey stones really work?

They sure won't be around anymore if these whiskey stones don't really work. Whiskey stones have been around since 2007,  the first decade of the new century. It is originally made from pure soapstone, a metamorphic rock. It is the perfect stone for use as a whiskey stone because of its soft composition. These stones are cut and tumbled to remove the sharp edges so you won't have to worry about breakage or sharp edges when you place them in your glass. There is also the option for stainless steel whiskey stones. Both are to bring the temperature of your drink down but of course, it won't be working as fast as placing ice on your drink.

Engraved Whiskey Stones

How do you use whiskey stones?

Different drinkers will have various preferences. Some may opt for adding a little water to their drink. In this case, whiskey stones work on the possibility of lowering the temperature while preserving the original taste. Needless to say, too much water will dilute your whiskey too. The role of your whiskey stones is to get rid of too much moisture. Place the whiskey stones in the freezer for 4 hours or more. The moment you are ready to drink, you can place the number of whiskey stones you desire for your drink, then pour your favorite scotch, blended whiskey or bourbon into your glass. You will have to wait a minute or two for your drink to get cold. By placing them in your drink, ultimately, the aim is to satisfy you with that tasty, chilled drink.      

Which whiskey stones are best?

The best whiskey stones are the ones that are made from stainless steel. These stones have a gel inside that becomes frozen which is the reason why your whiskey stays colder for a longer time compared to the traditional stones. The purists, on the other hand, will always prefer to regular soapstone as the best whiskey stones. Soapstone was used to create kitchenware making it a natural fit in a glass of whiskey. Whiskey stones made from soapstone can either feature a semi-polished (retaining the look of natural rock) or highly polished (shiny and slick black surface) finish. At the end of the day, it really is a matter of personal preference.

Who are the best recipients of whiskey stones?

Since 2007, the sales trend for whiskey stones reaches an all high on Christmasand father's day gifts. This makes it one of the best gifts for men in general, dad's on Father's day, and that market who are whiskey lovers


How do you clean whiskey stones?

It's not complex at all. Cleaning whiskey stones does not require a lot of effort at all. However, left unclean, whiskey stones can accumulate bacteria and build-up of residue. This is why cleaning is required after every use. Your whiskey stones can absorb flavors while inside your freezer. Flavors can be removed by soaking or baking them. Clean your whiskey stones would require washing them in dish soap and warm water. Set the stones in your hand and roll them under warm water from a faucet. Place a few drops of dish soap on them and lather up the stones. Rinse them thoroughly. After this, you need to let them dry. You may use a clean dish towel or a paper towel to remove excess moisture. The stones may be left on a dry paper towel to dry for a few hours.      

Our Favorite Whiskey Stones

Here are some of the best whiskey stones you can choose from:  

5. Small Whiskey Rocks

This is one innovative chilling option for the whiskey aficionado. These soapstone beverage cubes keep drinks cool without watering them down. It gives that prolonging appreciation of the nuanced flavors of fine spirits. Let him enjoy undiluted sipping by placing the cubes in the freezer for a few hours and then placing them in your glass. It may also be heated to keep warm drinks heated. These non-porous soapstone won't absorb odors or flavors and won't scratch glassware.

4. Geometric Whiskey Stones 

He certainly won't like a watery drink—so hold the rocks and yes, add whiskey stones. This hand-finished set geometric whiskey stones features big, chunky shapes in soapstone and marble. Each set of four includes one of each shape: a pyramid, a sphere, a rectangular prism, and a cylinder. Set them in the freezer before happy hour, then add one for a perfectly chilled drink.

3. On The Rocks Set 

Allow him to enjoy and have his drinks served on actual rocks with these handsome granite drink chillers. It is hand-crafted from stones collected on New England beaches and is ideal for chilling aged spirits, such as whiskey or scotch. One thing you can be sure of is that they won't dilute the complex flavors like a handful of ice.

2. Whiskey Stone Icons 

Let his drink say much of who he is. He can be breaking the ice at a cocktail party or celebrating a special event but this set of 3 polished, engraved soapstone beverage cubes lets all his friends, family and guests know that he ROCKS! From now on, he won't just be tagged drinking but one who drinks iconically. 

1. Personalized Whiskey Stones

No, he won’t have to deal with melting ice cubes and having his drink diluted. These high-quality personalized whiskey stones will keep his drink cold so he can enjoy it in its full flavor. The 6 engraved whiskey stones are placed in a muslin bag is simply the ideal gift for your whiskey lover groomsmen. 

Chris Bajda

About the Author

Chris Bajda is a renowned expert in gift selection, with a 15 year history of finding unique gifts. His insight into the art of gifting and staying on top of trends by his consistent presence at major gifting trade shows, including his annual participation in NY Now trade show in New York City and several other trade shows throughout the United States. Chris has built a reputation for his knowledge in finding gifts that leave a lasting impression.

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