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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