Whiskey Stones: What are they?

21/06/2021
Updated: 21/06/2021
2 mins read
Whiskey Stones: What are they?

Each whiskey drinker has their own preferred way of enjoying the beverage. Whether it’s neat, with ice, or in a cocktail, there are plenty of choices. 

Whiskey stones, also known as whiskey rocks (which this site is named after), are just one thing you can add to your whiskey that might make it more enjoyable for you to drink.

Have no idea what whiskey stones are? Don’t worry; we have you covered. In this article, we’ll be identifying what they are and the all-important question, do they work?

What exactly are whiskey stones?

No, we’re not talking about the gravel you may have on your drive (we certainly wouldn’t recommend adding that to your glass); whiskey stones were created for you to enjoy a refreshing whiskey without the watered-down effect from ice.

Made from soapstone or stainless steel and typically shaped into cubes, whiskey stones are kept in the freezer, so when you pop them into your whiskey, they keep the beverage cool—interested in the science behind this? The cooler drink is a result of the stones absorbing the heat from the whiskey.

Why soapstone? Soapstone is a popular natural material used in creating various kitchen tools. As it’s soft, there’s no chance of the whiskey stones damaging or even breaking your glassware.

Ice is a common choice to add to whiskey, but the problem with ice is that it melts, inevitably resulting in a watered-down whiskey. While some may enjoy this, it’s not for everyone. 

Whiskey stones on the table

Do whiskey stones work?

The simple answer is they sure do!

Whiskey rocks made from stainless steel work better as the gel inside freezes for an extended amount of time, resulting in a colder drink for longer.

But that’s not to say that the traditional soapstone doesn’t work. They, too will lower the temperature of your whiskey - just not for as long.

Some prefer soapstone to steel, as some steel whiskey stones can leave a metallic taste in your mouth. 

However, as these stones will not reach as low a temperature as ice can, they will not make the whiskey as cold as ice will.

How do you use whiskey stones?

Simply store the whiskey stones in your freezer and when you fancy a glass of whiskey, add one or two into your glass before adding your shot. Once you’ve finished using them, rinse them in water to give them a clean. Just remember to pop them back in the freezer when you’re finished, so you always have them ready to go! 

Whiskey stones on the glass

Summary

If you’re fed up with the addition of ice watering down your whiskey, give whiskey stones ago. Soapstone is a natural material, easy to keep clean and store, and will make the whiskey much more enjoyable if you prefer a cooler drink. Stainless steel stones are also a great option and will result in a cooler drink for longer.

Ashleigh Cain

Ashleigh is a key part of the editorial team at Whiskey Rocks. You'll often find her either writing educational articles or reviewing the latest artisan whiskeys. Her favorite drink? Ashleigh loves smokey scotches like Laphroaig, but you'll also often find her with an old fashioned in hand.

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