What are the best whiskey stones?
While there are other whiskey stone varieties, soapstone and stainless steel make up the bulk of options and are the most preferred by users.
Soapstone remains the most popular, to a large part because it was the first in the market. It’s more easily customizable than stainless steel, and come in finishes that range from semi-polished, retaining the stone’s original character, to highly polished with a sleek smoothness.
Stainless steel whiskey stones have also been getting plenty of good reviews. Appearance-wise, they give off a lustrous sheen that brightens up your glass. They have less shape variations than soapstone, though, coming mostly in circular and cube shapes.
Price-wise, soapstone costs less. You can get a set of nine or more soapstone cubes for $20, while the same amount can get you around four to six stainless steel cubes.
Generally, it takes three soapstone cubes to approximate the chilling action of one ice cube. One soapstone cube can lower the temperature of about three ounces of liquor by five degrees. On the other hand, the chilling action of one stainless steel whiskey stone is equivalent to one ice cube, bringing a three-ounce drink’s temperature down 12 degrees. Stainless steel whiskey stones can chill a glass longer and at lower temperatures than soapstone.
However, whiskey starts losing the complexity of its flavors at 45° to 50°, so a temperature of 60° is considered ideal. This is the average level of chilling that soapstone cubes can achieve.
In the end, the “best” whiskey stone comes down to your personal preference. If you want the more traditional way of chilling your drink, with just the right amount of burn removed, then soapstone is the better choice for you. On the other hand, if you want your whiskey more chilled, go for stainless steel.
Whichever you choose, whiskey stones give “on the rocks” a whole new definition. And whether your preference is for single or blended malt, or for Irish whiskey and its many variations, or perhaps the all-time favorites, bourbon and scotch, whiskey stones can bring out the true “spirit” in your drink.