As in the whole world, interest in whiskey and whiskey culture is increasing in our country. However, many different subjects about whiskey are also of interest to whiskey aficionados. One of these subjects is “Whiskey Stone”…
In many whiskey tastings I attended, I witnessed that the use of whiskey stone was curious and many questions were asked about this subject. That's why I decided to do a little research on this.
In this text, “What is a whiskey stone, how is it used, and most importantly, does it really work?” I will try to answer your questions. In addition to these questions, I recently met through Instagram, Turkey's first domestic whiskey stone producer. Cube & ColdI will also talk about.
What is Whiskey Stone?
The whiskey stone is a whiskey accessory for whiskey lovers who prefer their whiskey cold. Whiskey stones can be produced in different materials such as marble, granite, steel, plastic and aluminum. It is also possible to see whiskey stones, which are generally sold in cubes, in different shapes.
It should be noted that the whiskey stone can be preferred not only for whiskey, but also for other beverages that are desired to be cooled.
How to use whiskey stone?
The whiskey stones are very simple to use! The stones are placed in the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours (ideal time is 4 hours) and kept there until they cool enough. After the stones have cooled, they are put into the glass and your whiskey is ready to drink!
One of the most important advantages of whiskey stone is that it can be used over and over again. All you have to do for this is to rinse the stones with clean water after each use, leave them to dry and place them in the freezer for reuse.
How much does a whiskey stone cool the whiskey?
According to Cube & Cold's investigations, a whiskey at 21.6 degrees (the general drinking temperature is at these levels) decreases to 17.3 degrees in 1 minute with 3 whiskey stones and maintains this temperature for 20 minutes. Afterwards, the whiskey, which starts to heat up slowly, takes about 30 minutes to return to its old temperature. In short, the whiskey stones offer a cooling performance of about 50 minutes.
Whiskey stone or ice?
It will be more explanatory to make this comparison in 2 categories: Cooling ability and Whiskey effect.
1. Cooling Capability
As I mentioned before, the whiskey stone can cool a whiskey at 21.6 degrees, that is, at room temperature, by about 4 degrees. Ice, on the other hand, can reduce the temperature of the same whiskey to 13-14 degrees. This figure may vary depending on the amount of ice you put in and the size of the ice.
In short, if your aim is to cool your whiskey as much as possible, ice will be a better choice than whiskey stone.
2. Whiskey Effect
It's true that ice is better at cooling than whiskey stone, but it comes at a price...
When you put ice in whiskey, the ice will soon begin to melt and dilute the whiskey. This affects the whiskey in 2 ways. First of all, the alcohol level in the whiskey that starts to water down gradually decreases and “I drink whiskey” the feeling is reduced.
Another, and perhaps most important, effect of ice is on the character of whiskey. As you know, whiskey goes through a very long and arduous process. is produced. At the end of this process, it acquires a certain character by gaining complex notes. When you put ice in the whiskey, many of these notes are prevented from being revealed, as the ice suddenly cools the whiskey.
For example, you may not be able to get the perfume, fruity notes you expect from a Glenlivet 15 with the same intensity in a glass with ice. Or if you put ice in Lagavulin 16, which is known for its intense peat and sooty smell, you can get these notes much less.
This is where the most important advantage of the whiskey stone emerges. In addition to being able to cool the whiskey without diluting it, the whiskey stone does not spoil the character of the whiskey as it keeps the degree of cooling at a certain level.
“Is there any ice in the whiskey?” In my article, I wrote about the effects of ice on whiskey in more detail.
Whiskey stone will be the right choice for whiskey lovers who want to drink their whiskey a little below room temperature and do not want to dilute their whiskey while doing this.
I usually prefer to drink whiskey straight. If I'm also tasting, I drink the whiskey at the temperature where I can get the highest notes, that is, at room temperature. For this reason, I do not prefer whiskey stones or ice in tastings.
However, if it is a daily drink rather than a tasting, it can be a good choice from time to time to cool the whiskey with a few whiskey stones. Especially in the months when the weather starts to warm up slowly…
Cube & Cold
The initiative of a young couple named Semra and Cengizhan Gündoğan. Cube & Cold, Turkey's first whiskey stone producer!
To briefly talk about its products;
Natural stones such as marble and granite are used in the production of Cube & Cold whiskey stones. The stones are produced by hand in a workshop located at the foot of the Taurus Mountains. Cube & Cold whiskey stones promise to cool the whiskey at an ideal level without diluting it (without spoiling the whiskey's character) and to offer whiskey lovers an enjoyable drinking performance.
There are currently 4 products in the Cube & Cold portfolio: Vintage Brown, Volakas, Thasos White and Star Galaxy. But in the future, they state that they may launch new products according to the comments from whiskey lovers.
It is really pleasing to see such initiatives for the development of whiskey culture in our country. I met them through Instagram and they shared very valuable information that answered all my questions about whiskey stones.
If you want to take a look at their Instagram page: Cube & Cold
You can forward your orders to them on their Instagram page. If, If you follow & Whiskey on Instagram and if you specify this in your order message & Viski’ye özel %10 indirim ve kargo bedava you can take advantage of the opportunity.
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