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    Published on August 29th, 2012 | by Greg

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    Chilling With Sea Stones And Ridgemont Reserve 1792

    Cold drinks on a hot day. What­ev­er you’re sip­ping, it’s easy to just add ice, but that wa­ters down drinks. So un­less you’re us­ing a con­cen­trate (like in iced cof­fee), it’s good to use an al­ter­na­tive- like the in­creas­ing­ly-com­mon whiskey rocks. To­day, we’re look­ing at a nifty set that serves as a way to chill your bev­er­ages with­out the aid of frozen wa­ter, as well as a sol­id spir­it for you to sip.

    We’ll start with a drink. Specif­i­cal­ly, the Ridge­mont Re­serve 1792 Small Batch Ken­tucky Straight Bour­bon Whiskey. Aged eight years in oak, it comes in a pret­ty classy cork-stopped bot­tle, this bar­rel se­lect spir­it is about 94 proof, and pours a clean mel­low straw col­or. In the glass, the nose is a spiced caramel, a lit­tle vanil­la and strong al­co­hol notes. Tasters com­pli­ment­ed the “friend­ly” and “ap­proach­able” “or­ange and oak”, and we found it easy to drink and a per­fect test whiskey for use with the stones. While cer­tain­ly nice while warm, a bit of time in the glass opened up the fin­ish some, and a few de­grees cool­er smoothed the edges. A drop or two of wa­ter worked well, and in the end, this one ranked as a sol­id val­ue- it didn’t knock any­one’s socks off, but mix­es well and is def­i­nite­ly im­pres­sive for the price, a very rea­son­able un­der-$30.

    There are plen­ty of whiskey stone op­tions out there. But we haven’t seen any oth­ers sim­i­lar to the Sea Stones Drink Chillers, a pair of hand-made sol­id gran­ite coast­ers housed in re­cy­cled rub­ber sleeves, that al­so come with two heavy-bot­tomed tum­blers and two of their ‘On The Rocks’ gran­ite drink chillers. We weren’t thrilled by the col­ors of the gran­ite or the rub­ber sleeve- the stones didn’t match the coast­ers and they didn’t match one an­oth­er ei­ther- but we did like that they did feel sta­ble and were hard to knock over, rel­a­tive­ly spill-proof, and didn’t slide around thanks to the rub­ber sleeve.

    Smooth stones, well pol­ished coast­ers, de­cent glass­es- a great gift for the bour­bon fan in your life. Avail­able on­line for $42.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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