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FATHER’S DAY: A Gift Of Whiskey Stones

Switch ice cubes for stone cubes and you
won’t dilute your drink. Photo courtesy
Sur La Table.


Whiskey stones, you ask?

Talk about “on the rocks!” For those who want to chill their whiskey, but not dilute it, whiskey stones are the elegant answer. (You don’t want to plop plastic ice cubes into a single malt, do you?)

The concept was popularized in Scandinavia, where people have chilled whiskey with granite rocks for hundreds of years.

These all-natural, handcrafted Vermont soapstone whiskey stones have superior thermal properties to granite, and won’t scratch the glass. They reside in the freezer until they’re called upon to do their job.

Stones are nonporous, so they won’t impart any flavors or odors to the drink. The perfect cube shape of the stones also allows for a better and more even chilling.

Give a set for Father’s Day to your favorite lover of Bourbon, Irish Whiskey, Scotch or other fine whiskey. Nine stones in a muslin storage bag—enough to chill three drinks—are $19.95 at Sur La Table.

Need to learn the differences among these and other types of whiskey? See our Whiskey Glossary.)

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