For the real whiskey enthusiast, spirits are served neat with just a splash of water to bring out the flavor. However, for the majority, it’s “on the rocks” to help soften the blow. Whiskey stones are a way of chilling the alcohol without watering it down, but is this the right way to drink it?
Whiskey stones are nothing more than fake blocks of ice. Small containers made from plastic – or other safe material - are filled with water and then kept inside of a freezer. This allows drinkers to keep a drink chilled without the melting ice affecting the strength and flavor of the drink. A problem that “on the rocks” whiskey drinkers have unless they are downing the cocktail quick.
There is a reason why whiskey enthusiasts drink it warm with just a splash of water. Water helps it bloom. In other words, a small amount of water added to whiskey will bring out the aromas and flavors that are being masked by the alcohol. Without it, the drinker may not appreciate the brand’s unique taste qualities.
The temperature of the whiskey doesn’t make a difference with the flavor, although it can take some of the edge off of a strong dram. And some people just like to be served a cold drink over a room temperature one. For them, especially if they are taking their time with the glass, whiskey stones with a splash of water does provide a sensible solution.
Some whiskey enthusiasts suggest that whiskey stones are typically given as gifts by people who don’t truly appreciate the qualities of spirits. There are a few problems with whiskey stones that make many discard them after only one use: