When it comes to the finest liquors, temperature is one of the most critical factors to savoring every last drop. Not only can the right temperature enhance flavor but it can also just add to how refreshing it tastes on the palate. Whiskey is no exception to these general guidelines. Superb single malts and their ilk are precious and need to be enjoyed to the maximum. To help keep your glass ideally chilled, try using dedicated whiskey rocks.
Just as their name suggests, whiskey rocks are alternatives to standard ice cubes that bring your beverage’s temperature down without making it watery. They can be made from just about any material, from natural stone to metal, and though they all perform the same function, some models do it with a bit more finesse than others. And what’s great is that because they don’t melt, they can be used over and over again.
Here, we’ve curated our four favorite styles available on Amazon. Happy imbibing!
1. Rocks Whiskey Chilling Stones
The expression “on the rocks” dates back to the 1940s when the Scots used cold river stones to cool down whiskey while on the road. Rocks has brought that practice into the 21st century with its premium whiskey stones. Handcrafted by skilled artisans, each stone is made from high-quality granite and features a unique pattern and color. This means that, in addition to cooling your tipple, they act as a striking centerpiece. This set includes six stones—the whole gang can have one come happy hour—plus a hardwood presentation tray.
2. Quiseen Beverage Chilling Stones
Complete with nearly 10 components, this set is the answer to all your whiskey-chilling needs. Each cube is cut from natural soapstone, which is non-porous and naturally stain-resistant. This also means that it won’t impart any off-flavors to your drink of choice, and it holds a cold temperature beautifully. Because they’re not made from ice, you get all of the cooling with none of the watering down—simply keep them in your freezer so they’re ready for use whenever you are. However, if you’re saving them elsewhere for the right occasion or plan on giving them as a gift, they come in a velvet carrying case.
3. Amerigo Exclusive Whiskey Stones Gift Set
Very possibly the sleekest option on our list, these cubes look like liquid silver. Forged from steel with rounded edges, they are all polished to a high-shine, mirror finish that elevates the look of even the chicest glass. Aesthetics aside, the material also makes it a prime option for its ability to be cleaned with minimal fuss and you’ll never have to worry about it either chipping or melting. To match its functionality and killer styling, the entire set also comes housed in a handsome gift box that makes it great for giving away on special occasions or simply acting as organized storage when the cubes are not in use.
4. Amerigo Luxury Whiskey Stones Gift Set
Like one of our other top picks, this collection is made from natural rock that won’t water down your Pappy Van Winkle. However, this one comes with a few great extras. Not only does it include a pair of coasters so your dining or coffee table will remain water mark-free, but it also has nimble metal tongs so you can securely ferry one cube at a time into your glass, remaining sanitary all the while. The cubes come neatly stored in their own wooden box—embossed with the brand seal across the top—which makes for a terrific present or convenient storage.