Why Use Whiskey Stones / Whiskey Rocks? What Are They? - The Wandering Merchant

Why Use Whiskey Stones / Whiskey Rocks? What Are They?

Why whiskey stones?  What are they?

Whiskey stones - also spelled Whiskey stones and also known as Whiskey Rocks - are the original ice cube.

The problem with ice cubes is that they water down your premium drinks and although a drop of water brings the flavor out in some cases, in others it ruins your expensive and treasured treat. Whiskey stones get colder than ice and allow you to chill your drink while controlling the amount of water that dilutes it - if any.

They last forever - literally. They're already 100 million years old!

They're durable, reusable and gorgeous conversational pieces. They also have an incredibly interesting history!

How did The Wandering Merchant end up with Whiskey Stones?

I'm always hunting for quality products from passionate, Canadian artisans and companies. I was contacted by Stu and asked if I was familiar with Whiskey Stones and I almost jumped out of my chair. I was very familiar with the product, being a scotch and whiskey lover myself. However I only carry 100% Canadian products and hadn't even considered going into drink accessories or decor. After seeing the incredible work the artisan had done, I couldn't resist though. 

I mean just LOOK at these coasters. 

And these incredible trivets!

You Can Check Out The Gorgeous Coasters, Trivets & More Here!

Below is some more information about my Whiskey Stones, as well as a brief history.

Introducing a timeless classic with a local touch.

Absolutely one-of-a-kind. The ONLY whiskey rocks 100% made and sourced by hand in Canada from a unique form of Limestone found ONLY in the beautiful Bruce Peninsula called Wiartonite. Each stone is hand cut and then painstakingly inspected for defects by The Bruce Rocks.

These sets are the absolute perfect gift for anyone who truly appreciates a high quality glass of their favorite liquor. They come in sets of 8 stones in a drawstring bag. 


You may be thinking - "whiskey... rocks?"

Absolutely! Did you know the term "On the rocks" comes from a time when ice wasn't readily available and so bar keeps would keep a small chest under the counter, partially underground. The boxes would have stones in them that would get chilled by being stored there. When you ordered a cool drink, they would place the rocks in a glass and pour the liquor over them!

Hence the term - "Whiskey on the rocks" !

Nowadays we recognize this as not only a timeless and elegant way to enjoy your favorite drink - but we prize them for chilling our prized (and expensive) favorites without diluting them like ice cubes do!

Grab a set of stone coasters and pair them up for the perfect gift! 

 Aged 400 million years. 

 Get your Rocks On. 

Only $21.95 for a set of 8 handcrafted stones in a drawstring bag! 


A note from the artisan about how to HEAT whiskey/whisky stones.

A) submerge in boiling water from a kettle, let sit.

B) I have microwaved them, IN WATER to no bad effect.

C) Use a kettle and boiling water, tongs to remove.

In essence; Submerge and heat.

Please remember stones are meant to have liquor poured OVER them. Used either hot or cold. Not to be dropped into liquor after the pour.

You should pour only a finger or two of cognac or whatever your choice is over the rocks. Just enough to cover them.

Please take care when heating and using the stones. Hot things are hot.

Please also keep in mind that the same rules of hot liquids apply, If you add hot stones to a chilled, thin glass - it will likely shatter the glass.

Traditional soapstone rocks will crack after multiple heating and freezing cycles. Ours will not.

 Grab yours today here! 

Hand Cut Whiskey Stones In Sunlight


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