dealswhiskey stones for $14.99 + shipping

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These look awesome but I'm worried they'll damage my fancy tumblers.

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Oof, the cheapest shipping option is $6.19
:-\

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My sister just got me some of these as a birthday present a few weeks ago.

I love 'em.

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These remind me of that one scene in "Who framed Roger Rabbit?" when Eddie Valiant ordered Scotch on the rocks and actually got rocks.

I wonder, I've always been told that melted ice in your scotch or whiskey opens up the liquor and allows the flavor to develop. But I'll give these a try.

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Gives a whole new meaning to "on the rocks". For some reason though, thinking about stones in my whiskey makes my teeth hurt.

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So, so wrong on so, so many levels.

First of all they look gross.

Second of all I don't want (hard and sharp) rocks hitting my mouth or teeth when I try to drink.

Third of all I don't want to have to go to the trouble of cleaning them after using.

Fourth of all liquor--unlike many other beverages--is aided by the melting of ice.

Fifth of all I worry that the stones will leave a character behind in the drink.

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From price comparing on both ebay and amazon, this proves to be a great deal, even with $6 shipping.

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Whiskey snobs say you're supposed to add a dash of water to whiskey to open up the bouquet, so putting stones in it to avoid watering it down is pointless.

Of course, if you don't give a damn what whiskey snobs say, then by all means, put rocks in your drink. They do look cool...

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Sorry I'm not a big drinker, but what's really the point of these besides looking cool?

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IMHO, scotch is benefited by a little water, but bourbons are better neat. Just my preference, though. Still, why should I pay $20 for these rocks, then I can use any old rocks (preferably cleaned first)? They are just rocks, no?

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I'm a lush, AND I already have these!

While adding a dash of water opens up the taste, loading up your glass with ice will water down the hooch too much. However, these stones never really chill the whisky as thoroughly as ice. I usually use a few of these stones and add an ice cube (or two, if I'm feeling kinky) to achieve an acceptable chill and get a touch of water in my drink.

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@kylemittskus: "I'm worried they'll damage my fancy tumblers."

I'm worried they'll damage my fancy dental work the first time I crunch down on one without thinking.

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@kogaku: hahahahah! Man, that would suck, huh?!

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a really good single malt whiskey is usually neat but bars are now offering a super frozen single cube of ice which chills the drink without changing the flavor, so from not knowing much better and the thinking that a compromise between having a watered-down sip versus appreciating my choice drink, it seems worth the investment as well as the time.

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Quick note from a geologist. Soapstone, which these are made of, doesn't taste like anything, so there shouldn't be a flavor interference (but I'm not a whisky expert).

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Not a deal. Woot is trying to sucker people by posting these at 14.99 and then adding 5.00 dollars shipping. You can get these from Amazon for 19.50. Add a couple other items and you have 25.00. Free shipping. I would expect better from the wooters. 2-3 dollars, not woot worthy.

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To all that bought these you do realize that its come down to you buying rocks on the internet. You may need to an intervention...

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I think "Whiskey Stones" is a condition you develop after drinking too much whiskey.

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I received a set as gift last year. At first, I thought they were neat but now I'm convinced it's more of a gimmick. For those that worry about ice watering down your whiskey, I have a better (and cheaper) solution - drink faster!

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I have a better Idea. Freeze your whiskey into ice cubes, then add them to your drink.

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ThinkGeek's price looks like $19.99 to me.
(Maybe I missed it)

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Scotch purists don't add ice. Add a drop of water or two to open up the esters, or water down to the point that you've limited the numbing effect of a cask-strength alcohol content. But ice? Ice is unpredictable and has the potential to add far too much water (or too little). Scotch purists also don't drink from highball glasses. These rocks would not fit in a good scotch glass.

These are the supposed solution for those who prefer their Scotch cool, allowing you to add (or not add) water as you desire, but still lower the ambient temperature of the drink.

They are, however, beastly to keep clean enough to bother with. If you wash them in a dishwasher, you end up with them picking up dish soap remains and imparting that to your drink. If you wash them by hand, there's still a long drying period before you can put them back into the freezer or they'll just be rocks covered in ice.

All in all, a cute gimmick, but it is just that: a gimmick. And not a super-cheap one.

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@spang: Sure - if your freezer runs at -100 degrees F

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@spang: liquor does not freeze, youngn'.

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@spang: The freezing poing ot ethanol (alcohol in whisky) is -114C or -173F. Assuming you even HAD a way at home to freeze your alcohol, you wouldn't want to put something that cold into anything you would put near your mouth. Not if you like your skin where it is.

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GOOD whiskey & scotch benefit from a bit of water.

What bothers me is the fact that you don't earn any Geek Points when you use the coupon code!

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Hmmmm, I wonder if these would work well for red wine drinkers who don't happen to have a wine cellar or a special fridge. I think most red wines are a LOT better a little below room temp...especially in the summer when room temps are usually 70+. And wine is definitely something you don't want watered down at all. Beer that isn't quite cold enough might be another good application.

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Pure alcohol may freeze at those extreme temperatures, but whiskey is only about 90 proof. 90 proof liquor freezes at -34F.

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@liss: Thanks for the heads up on the coupon nullifying the geek points, Im actually going to benefit more from the extra points than I would from saving the $5

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@johnnylemonhead: You're being generous. These days, most whisk(e)y is only 80 proof.

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The stones aren't sharp like in the picture, the edges are nicely rounded. I find that they don't get my whiskey quite cold enough not to mention there is the hassle of rinsing them off after use, letting them air dry, then putting them back in the freezer. I use them occasionally, but most of the time I just use regular ice.

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@eneref: There are plenty of higher-proof bourbons out there... check out Bookers @ ~123 proof. You definitely want a splash of water in that :)

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I got these for Christmas, and they're great! They're best if you're going to be nursing a drink over the course of several hours (so it doesn't taste watery, but stays cold), otherwise, if you'll consume your drink more quickly, use ice.

-If you're consuming a drink that is supposedly helped with some ice in it, you can use both. (shock!)

-They are relatively heavy (they're rocks), so place them gently in glass containers.

-They don't affect the taste of any of the liquors and spirits I've used them in, but they do make amber-colored fluids APPEAR greenish (like in the picture).

-Cleanup is easy.

-They come with a little cloth bag to keep them in, so they take up minimal space in the freezer.

-Yes, they can - depending on glass - slide down the glass towards your mouth when taking a drink, but as long as you have, say, less than 4 in the glass, you'll be fine.

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@spang: How you going to Freeze whiskey??????????????It is alcohol Based

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Would they not scratch the glass though?

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soapstone = 2.0 on Moh's hardness scale
fingernail = 2.5
glass = 5.5

Nervous Nellie says her teeth are harder than her fingernails ;^)

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I have wanted these - but these are usually sold out! Cant wait to try them out!

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@bully32: nope. no scratches. check out the comment below yours.

And for the record, I add a dash of water or one ice cube when using these to open up the flavor. I love em!

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Good scotch can handle a little water...it helps open up the flavor...but the melting of a single cube is too much. Also, I don't see the point. I like the flavor of good scotch. Why would I want to deaden the flavor by chilling my drink. If you're going to drink it cold/chilled, you might as well stick to the lower shelves because you won't realize the benefits of the good stuff.

Good single malt, cask strength scotch + 5-6 DROPS of water (prefer distilled or filtered) swirled in + room temp = real tasty drink.

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So don't get them. That simple!. lmao!

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link is giving me 503 errors. Must be popular right now.

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I am getting a 404 error via the link now

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@javamatte: Oh I'm not saying higher alcohol bourbons (and other whiskies) don't exist. I'm just saying that the overall market is trending toward 40% with the very occasional 43%. Higher proofs and cask strengths are still not even close to commonplace.

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This is one of the dumbest things I've seen...more like a bad joke than a good deal.

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If your ice is diluting your bourbon you should be drinking your bourbon faster!

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@sunquark: If THIS is one of the dumbest things you've ever seen, you must not get out much.

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This is brilliant, now I can enjoy my iced coffee without it becoming watery as soon as I add the hot coffee. Everyone who seems to hate this product for bourbon purposes is overlooking the fact that there are other drinks you can ice.

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people really by this crap? Wow... only on Earth.