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Ice Cubes for Whiskey

Unlocking the World of Whiskey Stones: Chilling Without Dilution

Sure, let’s dive into the exciting world of ice for whiskey enthusiasts! 

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Camper English, who is hands down the ultimate ice expert when it comes to crafting cocktails. 

This guy knows his ice inside out! He even wrote a book called “The Ice Book: Cool Cubes, Clear Spheres and Other Chill Cocktail Crafts.”

This book sold out its first press run immediately, which is no surprise considering how much bartenders and cocktail aficionados geek out over ice.

So, you might be wondering, why all the fuss about ice when it comes to whiskey? 

After all, a glass of whiskey, especially a high-quality one, can be a work of art all on its own. 

Well, let me tell you, my friend, ice can make a world of difference to your whiskey experience.

First things first, if you simply want your whiskey to be colder, you don’t have to resort to ice.

Camper English himself shared this nifty trick with me. 

Just pop your whiskey glass in the freezer for a few minutes. 

It’s a quick and easy way to chill your drink. Heck, sometimes Camper even has one glass in the freezer and another with his whiskey, and he just swaps them out. Simple, right?

Now, remember those whiskey stones that were all the rage a few years back? 

Well, it turns out briefly freezing your glass is just as effective. 

And I have to say, it’s a trend that seems to have outlasted those stones. 

Camper English knows his stuff, and if he says freezing your glass is the way to go, I’m inclined to believe him.

But let’s not forget the other magic trick that ice performs when it meets whiskey – dilution. 

Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but personally, I’ve found that as the alcohol percentages in some of these premium whiskeys have soared, a little dilution can be a lifesaver.

I mean, I may not need ice in my everyday 90-proof whiskey, but when I’m sipping on a $200 single-barrel release clocking in at a staggering 125 proof, I’m reaching for the ice. 

And guess what? 

Camper English agrees with me on this one.

He said something that really struck a chord with me – adding some dilution actually enhances the experience. It makes sense, right? 

More liquid means more sips, and more sips mean more time to savor that complex flavor profile in your high-end whiskey. 

So, there you have it, my fellow whiskey enthusiasts, ice isn’t just for keeping things cool; it’s a secret weapon for unlocking the full potential of your whiskey. Cheers to that! 🥃

The argument for whiskey stones

Absolutely, picture this scenario with me, my fellow whiskey lover: 

You’ve just gotten your hands on a bottle of Sam Heughan’s Sassenach whisky, and you’re itching to savor its exquisite blend, but you want it cold, untouched by the icy hand of water. Well, my friend, that’s where whiskey stones come to the rescue!

Imagine being able to chill your dram without the dreaded dilution that ice brings. 

Whiskey stones are your answer. 

They’re like these little flavor-preserving heroes. 

They add a touch of chill to your drink without messing with those precious tasting notes that make your whiskey special.

Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty. 

These whiskey stones, especially the ones made from non-porous materials like soapstone, are like chameleons; they blend in and stay neutral. 

They won’t absorb any of the whiskey’s flavor, and they won’t throw in any weird aromas either. 

Plus, depending on the size of these magic little stones, you can actually make a noticeable difference in temperature, up to about five degrees cooler than room temperature.

Sure, they might not cool your drink as swiftly as a ninja-like ice cube or a stainless steel cube, but they do the job with finesse. 

If you’re looking for a hint of coldness that lets you appreciate all the intricate flavors in your whiskey, then whiskey stones are your jam. 

Just remember, you might need a few of these stones at once to match the cooling prowess of a single ice cube.

But hey, if you’re after an Arctic blast in your glass, maybe a stainless steel cube is your wingman. 

The choice is yours! Whiskey stones are like the elegant, slow dancers of the whiskey world, giving you just the right touch of coolness to savor every nuance of your beloved dram. 

Cheers to preserving those flavors in style! 🥃❄️

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