Well I seem to be on a roll this week with the sales and today I have yet another little project to bring you. At the suggestion of the great knife dealer Gary Moore of Moore Cutlery (check him out!) I decided to make a small run of stainless steel "whiskey stones". This idea has been around for a few years and I have seen them in several different materials but never tried them out. I figured what better way to try them than to simply make a little batch?
The idea behind these is a simple one: You can use them to chill your drink but do so without diluting it. In my limited testing I found that the frozen ChillyBeans can chill a standard shot of spirits from room temperature down about 15 degrees. An ice cube was far more effective and took the temp down about twice that much...but, it dilutes the drink. So for those who prefer their slightly chilled spirits neat this might be just the thing and for those who like it colder then you might want to stick with good old ice. Or, you can also try a hybrid approach and encase the ChillyBean in ice so you get only a small amount of dilution but more temperature lowering power. Yet another method, combine with a chilled BigShot or Tippler. Lots to play with and I sense some amusing and possibly drunken experiments are in store. :)
The ChillyBeans are made of marine grade 316 stainless steel, the same stuff they make dive watch cases from. They are large, measuring 1 inch in diameter and a hair over 1 inch in length, and they weigh in at an impressive 3 ounces. Shown below next to my standard 5 flute Mega bead. Little monsters they are...
You can stick them in the dishwasher if you wish. The centers are drilled through with a 1/4" hole so you can place them on the upright sticks inside the dishwasher. Or, if you are not inclined to use them as bar ware and you have huge paws, you can use them as very large very heavy beads, or as dandy little paperweights.
ChillyBeans run $55 plus shipping and the link is below. It's a fairly small batch but I will make it a limit of two per customer on them. I could always do another run if the demand is there...as always, thank you for checking in and remember to Please Chill Responsibly!
ChillyBeans are gone for now, thank you so much folks!