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My friend puts cold rocks in his whiskey to cool it down. Is it to look fancy?

Can he just put the bottle in the fridge to cool it down without needing to put rocks in it?

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  • Cooling the whole bottle is possible but it takes more time, space in the fridge or freezer and it does not work when you have several bottles to choose from. That's why you would usually use ice cubes and that's what rocks are designed to replace. – Relaxed Jul 30 '16 at 10:46
  • Related: How do whisky stones keep your drink cold? – user31161 Jul 30 '16 at 14:45
  • Another option is to just leave a few whiskey glasses in the freezer. This question would be a better fit on alcohol.stackexchange.com – paparazzo Jul 30 '16 at 17:40
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It is to cool it down without dilluting it - ice cubes would melt. And yes, you could simply cool the entire bottle, but it wouldn't look that fancy.


Note that some purists would wrinkle their noses and insist that whisky1 is best enjoyed at room temperature and perhaps with a small dash of spring water.

1 And I'm soooo not going into a whisky vs. whiskey debate here.

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    Just spell it "whiskyey" to please everyone. – Joe Jul 29 '16 at 22:14
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    ...some purists would wrinkle their noses and insist that whisky is best enjoyed at room temperature. No. All purists would insist this. That's part of what makes one a purist. ;) – J... Jul 29 '16 at 22:24
  • then how come they sell the rocks, is it because of roger rabbit? – Neil Jul 29 '16 at 22:50
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    @Neil because people like your friend are willing to pay for them? – Stephie Jul 29 '16 at 22:52
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The usual usage involves storing them in the freezer (much colder than the refrigerator) and using them instead of ice to cool your drink. When you use ice, you water down the liquor, which some people do not like. If you want the drink cold but not watered down, something like a whiskey stone is a good option.

Another thing is that they apparently cool the whiskey but not to the same degree that ice would, so you can taste more of the range of flavors. In fact, some people don't think they do a sufficient job of cooling at all.

As to storing the whiskey in the fridge, some people like their whiskey warm, so storing it in the fridge isn't necessarily a solution - it's much easier and faster to cool booze than to warm it up.

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