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Gold Plated Balls of Steel

  • Shaun Tolson

Grant Vollmer has balls of steel and he wants to share them with you. Before you go anywhere, let us explain. Vollmer is the founder and CEO of Balls of Steel, a producer of whiskey and spirit chillers that’s affiliated with a worthy cause. In an effort to raise funding for testicular-cancer research through the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Vollmer is donating a percentage of every sale of his stainless-steel whiskey chillers to the center. What’s more, he has just released a gold-plated limited-edition series known as the Executive Balls of Steel. They carry a $499 price tag, but 80 percent ($400) of that goes directly to the cancer center.

The Executive Balls of Steel are handcrafted, plated in 18-karat gold, and packed in an alder-wood presentation box. In addition, each set boasts the company’s proprietary “arctic core” technology, which allows these whiskey chillers to get much colder than traditional whiskey stones. According to Vollmer, traditional whiskey stones boast a limited thermal conductivity in comparison to his Balls of Steel. An independent lab study found that traditional whiskey stones brought 2 ounces of whiskey at room temperature down to 65 degrees, whereas two Balls of Steel dropped that temperature to 49 degrees and kept the whiskey below room temperature for more than an hour.

If temperature doesn’t concern you that much, consider taste. Sad to say, not all whiskey stones are impervious to flavor absorption (like Balls of Steel are). That may not sound like a big deal, but we’re not talking about whiskey flavors—we’re talking about freezer flavors. That’s right, over time some whiskey stones may absorb the flavors of the frozen foods around them, so if the thought of a salmon-infused single malt makes you squeamish, Balls of Steel can help.

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