OK. My birthday is 26 Dec.
Pretty much guaranteed a mediocre haul, right?
My SIL sent me a pack of Scotch Rocks.
If you don't know, they're small 3/4" soapstone cubes you freeze and put in your glass when drinking nice liquor.
They're supposed to cool the alcohol without watering it down.
So here's a quick review.
They come very tightly packed in a box slightly smaller than a paperback book. They are so tight that you have to use something very thin, like a knife blade, to pry the first one out. This is good packaging! No shifting during shipping.
You rinse them and let them dry before placing them in the freezer.
A muslin bag is included to stow them but I have lots of freezer plastic, so I just tossed them into an open container and put it on a shelf in the freezer. (who wants to wrestle a freakin' bag after a couple of drinks?)
Now we get down to it...
I got my first glass, put two rocks in, added my usual amount of Dewars, and got comfortable.
Here we have the Scotch drinkers dilemma. While Scotch is wonderful neat, lately bartenders and others are saying you need "cold" to bring out the essence of the Scotch. I'm not sure I agree but there it is.
I've been adding 1 or 2 cubes in bars just to stretch the drink. And while I like the cool temp., I don't like the water.
So, here I am with the Rocks.
I thought they weren't doing much for my drink but then I realized what I pour at home is nothing like a what a bartender would serve me.
So I replaced the Rocks and poured myself a bar sized drink and realized, WOW, these little buggers really work! They cooled off the drink to a good temperature with no dilution.
Another words, if you pour a fourple (2 doubles), they won't cool your drink enough to make a difference but if you moderate, they'll work very well.
Two notes. The first time I saw these advertised I thought "Man, that'll hurt your teeth" but so far the liquid adhesion has kept the stones at the bottom of the glass. You don't chug Scotch, you know. It's not an Irish Car bomb.
Did you catch that, NSA?
The other, I have two types of rocks glasses, stout, thick ones and thin 1960s gold leafed glasses. I don't think I'll drop the stones into the thin glasses. It's just isnt worth it.
So I guess I have to give them a thumbs up.
I would never have bought them for myself but now that I have them, I'll use them.
It might cut down on contributions to Dewars.