The 10 Best Whisky Stones

Updated March 18, 2018 by Chase Brush

10 Best Whisky Stones
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If you're the kind of person who likes your drinks on the rocks but hates to dilute an expensive single malt you lovingly carried all the way from Scotland, try a set of these whisky stones. Coming in an assortment of shapes and styles, they will give you the right temperature without compromising taste, and are also great for cooling white wine, beer and soda. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best whisky stone on Amazon.

10. Whiskey Rocks Premium

Offering an alternative to stainless steel or soapstone, these Whiskey Rocks Premium are made of solid granite, which gives them a sleek black appearance and, presumably, better temperature retention qualities. They are sure to garner conversation among your guests.
  • come in a pack of 9
  • smooth rounded edges
  • may affect taste of drink
Brand Whiskey Rocks
Model pending
Weight 9.1 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Jumbo Rabbit

The Jumbo Rabbit comes as a set of two oversized steel cubes, so it's perfect for enjoying a glass of high end liquor with a friend. The pieces are too large for accidental swallowing after you've had one too many, and they don't knock around in the glass.
  • also come in set of four
  • etched on rabbit logo
  • don't chill as well as smaller ones
Brand Rabbit
Model 9962
Weight 8 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Osleek Original

The unique dark coloring of the Osleek Original will have you searching for excuses to get them out of their equally handsome wooden box. They make a fine addition to your home scotch or bourbon bar, and also include a soft velvet bag for protection and easy portability.
  • can be washed with hot water
  • fine for use in beer or soda too
  • smaller than other models
Brand Osleek Original Whiskey
Model Osleeks Original
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

7. HomEco Combo

Can't decide between the traditional stone version or the new stainless steel variety? Try the HomEco Combo, which includes four of each type that you can use separately or mix and match. They make a great addition to any cocktail party.
  • can be frozen in their storage tray
  • a great gift idea
  • stones don't work as well as steel
Brand HomEco
Model NA
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. BarMe Bullets

These BarMe Bullets are a seriously cool gift for any military buff or former serviceman who enjoys a nice glass of scotch or bourbon now and again. They have a beautiful stainless steel finish and look awesome sitting in the bottom of your glass.
  • set includes a pair of tongs
  • chill in just 3 to 4 hours
  • not as effective as cubes
Brand BarMe
Model 350B
Weight 8.8 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

5. SolidIce Gift Set

The pieces in this SolidIce Gift Set are diamond shaped instead of cubed, though the difference is less about function and more about aesthetics. It does mean they'll sit nicely in the bottom of a glass, however, and won't chip or damage any fragile crystal.
  • great for white wine too
  • nontoxic and fda approved
  • are a little small
Model BDD-DC06
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

4. Sea Stones On The Rocks

If you're as serious about presentation as you are about taste, the Sea Stones On The Rocks is for you. The six disk-shaped, uniquely colored granite stones come with an elegant wooden display tray, plus two fine tumblers in which to enjoy your favorite brand.
  • large and chill liquids quickly
  • made in the united states
  • can be difficult to clean
Brand Sea Stones
Model OTR-T
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. Kollea Stainless Steel Chilling Cubes

The natural antimicrobial properties of these Kollea Stainless Steel Chilling Cubes make them one of the most sanitary and easy to clean options on the market. But they're also one of the most effective at retaining cold temperatures, thanks to a nontoxic gel inside.
  • food-grade stainless steel
  • attractive high-shine finish
  • includes freezing tray and tongs
Brand Kollea
Model YK-11
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

2. Spirit Stones Ice Rocks

Unlike other types that are mixed or chemically treated, these Spirit Stones Ice Rocks are made from 100 percent pure soapstone, allowing them to stay colder, longer. The set contains 10 cubes, so you and a few drinking buddies can all enjoy cool drinks at the same time.
  • will not scratch glassware
  • great value for large set
  • cannot be used in a shaker
Brand Spirit Stones
Model 10 pack
Weight 8 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. Original Balls of Steel

Considered one of the most effective varieties out there, the Original Balls of Steel might be the only stones that can meet the demanding standards of whisky purists. Their spherical shape cools faster than ice all while preserving the low notes of a delicate single malt.
  • profits support male cancer research
  • forged from high quality steel
  • compact portable case
Brand Original BOS LLC
Model pending
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

A Brief History Of Whisky

Whether you call it moonshine, white lightning, rotgut, corn squeezin's, ol-lickety stump, the pine dragon, or anything else, a smooth, flavorful whisky is one of the few things with the potential to unite all peoples, colors, and creeds (also, I may have made a couple of those names up).

The first use of distilled spirits dates all the way back to the Babylonians in the 2nd millennium B.C.E., but whisky came along much later. There's some dispute as to whether it originated in Scotland or Ireland, but wherever it started, it became popular sometime around the 15th century.

Originally called "water of life," whisky was distilled by monks and used as medicine in its early days. Eventually, the Scottish king James IV discovered that he'd grown quite fond of this new medicine, and his court bought a massive amount of booze from the Guild of Barber Surgeons — for medicinal purposes, of course.

Meanwhile, in England, Henry VIII was in the middle of separating the Church of England from the Catholic Church. To that end, he disbanded all the monasteries in the country — sending the monks into the general population, along with their knowledge of whisky-making.

At this point, English subjects incorporated the stuff into their daily lives, so it's only natural that they'd take it with them once they moved to the Colonies across the pond. It became so popular during and after the American Revolution, in fact, that it was often used as currency, and the burgeoning federal government learned the hard way not to tax it excessively.

Kentucky quickly became a hotbed for distilleries, as it had ample access to grain, as well as clean, limestone-filtered water. This led to the development of bourbon, which is still the greatest thing America has ever given the world.

Whisky continued to be extremely popular until the passage of Prohibition in 1920. Despite the new law, "medicinal whisky" was legal, provided you had a prescription from a doctor. In what is surely an unrelated coincidence, the Walgreens pharmacy chain grew by 2,000 percent during this time.

Despite a brief lull in popularity during the latter half of the 20th century, whisky is now one of the fastest-growing sectors of the alcohol market. Flavored and super-premium options are especially popular, particularly among women, who have traditionally been hesitant to embrace bourbons and ryes. Similarly, its popularity is growing overseas, as well, with countries like Russia, India, and Poland discovering their taste for the strong stuff.

The future for whisky looks bright, as production steadily increases and niche markets continually emerge. After all, as anyone who has ever woken up without pants can tell you, you can never have too much whisky.

The Benefits Of Whisky Stones

If you've ever seen someone drinking whisky on the rocks — not over ice, but over actual honest-to-God rocks — you might have thought to yourself, "Just what are those things, anyway?"

Congratulations — you've encountered whisky stones. Usually made of soapstone, granite, or metal, these objects keep your drink cold without diluting it. They're also reusable, so you never have to worry about running out of ice (unless you forget to put them back in the freezer when you're done, of course).

Stainless steel is generally considered the best material for whisky stones, as they won't wear down over time or leave chunks of stone in your glass. They also get cold more quickly, can be cleaned in the dishwasher, and have inherent anti-bacterial properties. They are usually more expensive, however, although the price difference is fairly negligible.

Whisky stones aren't for everyone, of course. Many people like having a splash of water in their booze, and it's been shown that watering down whisky can actually release a more complex flavor profile. This is especially useful if you drink bourbons with high alcohol content.

In fact, they may not even cool drinks as well as ice, as the water mixes with the whisky in a form of highly-efficient energy transfer. If you need that drink quickly, and you need it cool, ice is still the undefeated champ.

That said, any well-stocked bar includes at least a couple of whisky stones. Different people have different tastes — and a good host is capable of getting everyone equally drunk, regardless of their preferences.

The Best Way To Enjoy Whisky

If you're the type who just fills your glass and chugs it down, then you're missing out on some of the subtler pleasures that whisky can give you.

The first thing you need to do, of course, is to pick your poison. American whiskys — including rye and bourbon — tend to be a little sweeter, while scotch is usually smokier. Other countries have their own options, each with their own flavor profile, but the only way to find your favorite is to try as many as possible (you have our permission).

Once you've found a few selections that work for you, the next consideration is the glass you'll be drinking it out of. Most people prefer low tumblers, but if you really want to get the full flavor experience, a tulip-shaped glass helps concentrate the aromas. You can also drink from a tin cup, which gives you an authentic, old-timey experience, but really doesn't do much for the taste.

After that, it's simply a matter of finding the right combination of flavors for you. Do you like it on the rocks, or neat? With a splash of water, or neat? Mixed in with a cocktail...or neat? (You get the idea.)

The important thing to keep in mind here is that the best way to enjoy whisky is whichever way you like best. There are no wrong answers.

Well, unless you enjoy it so much that you find yourself waking up in a jail cell the next morning. Then there might have been some wrong answers along the way.

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Last updated on March 18, 2018 by Chase Brush

Chase is a freelance journalist with experience working in the areas of politics and public policy. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he is also a hopeless itinerant continually awaiting his next Great Escape.

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