dealswhiskey stones – set of 9 (new) for $5.99 + $5.00…

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That's actually $10.99 shipped.

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These are great for scotch or any other drink you want chilled but don't want it to be diluted as ice cubes melt. Took a set through airport security and caused quite a stir as several agents had heard about them but hadn't seen them. Could have easily sold 2-3 sets right there. These make great gifts for the hard-to-buy for person.

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Any special requirements as far as cleaning/maintaining these? I've always wanted to grab a set whenever they are on here, but never knew if they needed special care/storage/cleaning.

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Math comes out better for you if you order three sets. Works out to $.85 a stone instead of $1.22 per stone if you only buy one set. Go ahead and buy 3 sets. You'll need gifts later anyway.

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@micro1331: I just hand wash them with dish soap and a sponge. Make sure they are dry before putting them back in the freezer. Oh, definitely wash them the first time you get them. They come with some sort of dust or film on them.

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Meh. They're okay, but don't expect them to be as cold as an ice cube. Never tried them in warm drinks through. They're made of soap stone and you just need to hand wash them in the sink.

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Note that these will not make your drink cold like ice. They will lower a room temp drink down to just barely chilled, and will not stay cold to keep it there. I like these every now and then in a glass of scotch if I want to taste it in a unique way to how I have previously.

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Like others have said, this isn't going to replace an ice cube. But they do a great job of opening up/mellow the burn (Probably moreso mellowing) the flavor of spirits without muddling it with water.

If you like to drink your favorite spirit clean and neat. On a similar note, some people like to put a little water or soda to open in up as well.

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I bought three sets of these. I was really disappointed that they did not chill the drinks at all. I mean maybe 4-5 cubes could chill a shot, but are no replacement for the power of ice...

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As a cheaper alternative, Bed Bath Beyond has those plastic ice cubes with water inside - 30 for $4. They come in clear and shades of blue.

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Jumbowoot coupon used! <$7

:D

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@first2summit: Not as classy in a glass of your favorite single malt. Obviously it's all about the appearance.

Realistically though, I personally wouldn't want plastic in any of my spirits, other than the occaisional sword spearing my olives.

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Although these don't work quite as well as real ice, chilling the glass beforehand will help tremendously as well.

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@atomicorange: No, it doesn't look nearly as cool but if you're drinking by yourself, who're you going to impress?

@xxmerlinxx: You don't want to do that because when you take it out, it will start frosting and condensing and then water gets into your drink.

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Bought two sets last time around, if the drink starts out cold, these are ok for helping maintain it for a bit longer than usual. If you're pouring over these with room temperature 'whiskey' or the like, they don't do much.

Disappointed in the performance, but they are way classier than ice-- kinda a cool conversation piece when you make a few drinks up to share with friends.

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For what it's worth: I bought some cheaper stones on Amazon about 6 months ago, then bought these ones last time they were on woot, and the quality of these ones is much better than that of the "cheaper" ones. I think these are the ones I previously bought:

http://www.amazon.com/Bulk-Bagged-Whiskey-Stones-order/dp/B0056VYZJ0/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1333471712&sr=8-6

18 of the moofi stones would be a better purchase... I do like these stones a lot, too. They are very classy and make for great gifts.

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These are not supposed to replace ice!! They work exactly like they should.

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Frankly, I prefer my scotches at room temp, since chilling tends to mask both taste and "nose" (the wonderful aromas that add to the sipping experience). If I'm going to add anything to my glass, it's most likely to be a small amount of cool water, to cut the harshness of some scotches and help bring out the more subtle flavours.

However, I'm thinking of picking these stones up to keep on hand for the occasional glass of vodka. They won't do much to maintain its freezer-cold temperature for very long, but at least they won't water it down like a couple of ice cubes would.

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anyone want links? I got your links here...

Deals.woot question/contest to see how many wiskey stones were sold by woot about a month ago.
http://deals.woot.com/questions/details/f3d73c8f-2226-47cb-9db4-c02ae0f2b043/how-many-whiskey-stones-will-woot-sell-this-time#166

the actual sale we were betting on (sold 20,000)
http://www.woot.com/Forums/ViewPost.aspx?PostID=4906472

Last november's whiskey stones (sold 50,000)
http://www.woot.com/forums/ViewPost.aspx?PostID=4735063&PageIndex=1&ReplyCount=402

both have MANY MANY comments, set aside some time to read through them.

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@dergage: Thanks for posting your opinion. But what's the difference that you found between the "cheaper" stones and the "better" ones? They're all advertised as "100% soapstone". A rock is a rock is a rock, no? Is it a matter of packaging/presentation, or are they actually cutting the stones differently? Thanks again!

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A bit of a novelty item, but it does work to "slightly" chill a room temp spirit without diluting/muddling the unique flavors. I still use mine a year later and really like them but not for everyday and definitively not going to take the place of ice for actually making you drink "cold". Wash and dry very well before first use (no dishwasher!).

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I got a similar set as a gift, and also ordered these from woot last time to give as gifts, and they both work about the same. They only benefit of the others is that they come with a small cloth bag to keep them in while they are in the freezer not being used.

There's a neat video about how the ones I first received are made, which certainly gives a warm fuzzy feeling while using these (or it could be the whiskey, who knows?)

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Love these. Ordered some last time they were up, and all of my friends loved them. Ordered some more today for a friend who's going to give them to her hubby as a surprise!

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I have a set of similar stones that came with a nice canvas pouch to hold them. I was disappointed to find that these have no carry pouch or anything so they have to be kept in the box or some other place that is not as "classy."

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This will bring a whole new meaning to whiskey on the rocks...

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They are even selling rocks to people now on the internet xD Seriously though, a diy'er could make a small army of these for that price. Soap stone is like 20 cents a pound or something and these weigh .5lb's. If you have a hack saw with a masonry rod blade, a file, and a few different grits of sandpaper you could make ton of these and give them away as gifts. Plus it would give you something to do while you're drinking ;)

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I might pull the trigger on another set of these. Have one, but had one issue with them. The stones made my drink taste like a freezer. I had just put them into the freezer bare. Cleared this up when I placed them in a ziploc, although I feel like they don't get as cold in a ziploc. Anybody have any tips for keeping these as cold as possible without that freezer burn aftertaste?

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@riothero: Yes indeed. Hacksaws and whiskey make a great combination.

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@trevorpwells: What's going on is that they're absorbing the odors in the freezer. You can try two things - get something to absorb the odor and put the stones in a small Tupperware container. One gets rid of the odor and the other protects the stones from everything.

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I've never used them to chill a drink but they work pretty well to warm up a snifter of brandy quickly. Microwave them for 15-20 seconds and it does the work of 30 minutes of trying to warm the glass with your hands.

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i got a few sets a while back. I agree that they won't take a drink from room temperature to "chilled", but I have found them to be great for getting some of my red wines stored at room temp down to much more appreciable levels-- with a little extra added earthiness

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@werowance: no no no, hack saw and beer. The whiskey comes in later when the stones are made.

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Odd...11 days later and this is still active?