Sunday, July 18, 2010

You Got the Stones?

In case any of you were wondering (and I know you were—yeah, you; I see you out there), we gave “On the Rocks” its name because of our desire to pour undiluted truth into each story on this page. TJ and I have lived lives filled with notes of truly flavorful comedy, often delivered with a silky smooth surrealism. To mix in exaggerations, lies, and fictional accounts would water down our narratives, and do an injustice to the very experiences that we deliver to the readers.

Whiskey/scotch connoisseurs will tell you that they face this very same problem when enjoying the delicate malts that they hold in such high regard. Any drink goes down better when it’s chilled; but, put an ice cube into your Blue Label, and the ghost of Johnnie Walker himself will appear to sodomize you with the bottle. Destroying that finely crafted taste with H2O would simply be criminal.

So you want your drink chilled, to improve the drinking experience, but adding ice will ruin the drink you’re trying to experience. Quite the conundrum, right? Well, my friends, I’m happy to tell you that there is a solution: whiskey stones.

Whiskey stones are small cubes of soapstone (don’t worry, they’re not going to leak suds into your drink); put them in your freezer for a couple of hours, and then add them to a glass of your finest whiskey or scotch. The stones cool down your drink without neutralizing the taste. Simply brilliant.

Whiskey stones are offered by a variety of different companies and specialty stores (Google search), and typically cost about $20 for a set of 8 or 9. If you are a true lover of finely-crafted whiskeys, you’ll buy yourself some today. Salud.

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