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.
They sure wouldn'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 It is originally made from pure soapstone, a metamorphic rock.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.
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.
The purists will always prefer to regular soapstone as the best whiskey stones. Soapstone is 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. Other whiskey stones 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.
Since 2007, the sales trend for whiskey stones reaches an all high on holidays and father's day. This makes it one of the preferred gifts for men in general, dad's in particular on Father's day and that market who are whiskey lovers.
It's not complex at all. Cleaning whiskey stones does not require a lot of effort at all. 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. Left unclean, whiskey stones can accumulate bacteria and build-up of residue.