Whiskey Stones (technically, Whisky Stones) are ice cube substitutes, designed by Teroforma co-founder Andrew Hellman. The whiskey drinker’s dilemma is this: sipping a chilled whiskey is incredibly enjoyable, but ice isn’t a great solution. It melts.
Enter whiskey stones and the promise of a cool drink that doesn’t get watered down even when you’re enjoying it at a slow pace. The idea being that you freeze the natural soapstone cubes and use them in lieu of ice. Simple.
For Holiday 2009, these things have taken off as incredible gifts. As such, most shoes are completely sold out with new stock coming mid-January. Often times when they are in stock, they are part of a price-gouged gift set. Ouch.
So – where can you find whiskey stones in stock?
Teroforma. The site is a mess and the checkout is incredibly difficult, but I have placed a couple orders here successfully. They appear to still be in stock of the stones ($20) and the stone/tumbler set ($60.)
Winestuff. They are carrying the stone/tumbler set ($50) and for Christmas have an additional 10% off. (Note, I have ordered from here but can’t comment on the service until my order comes in.)
If you’re considering these, I’d say go for it. (Note: I just think these things are cool, I’m not being paid to write any of this.) I say this because, while the reviews of these in action are relatively mixed, I can’t imagine someone not thinking they are a cool and thoughtful gift. Unless they are going to someone who maybe is trying to kick a habit… but that’s just common sense.
From the reviews I’ve read, here are the positive thoughts:
To the last one. Come on, don’t be a wuss about this. They are being soaked in whiskey!
If you decide against whiskey stones, here are a few more gift options for your whiskey connoisseur…