Whisky toys – More fun than you can poke a dram at…
Let’s take a step back from the more serious venture of whisky analysis and talk about some really fun toys you can acquire to have in your whisky sandbox.
1. Ice – the topic of blog #5 comes in all shapes and sizes and you too can have some really funky “cubes” ready for that Summer Dram party.
I myself am a self confessed nerd and love a good Sci-Fi flick. Check out these top fun designer ice cube trays. Nothing would get conversation going like some of these. Hmmm which dram would best suit being poured over the Death Star…
2. Whisky Stones – So you want something in your glass but you don’t want it melting and watering down your whisky. Whisky stones have been around for a while and can provide the Summertime refreshing chill without the melt. There are some issues however that a lot of people seem to find. You need multiple stones to have a noticeable effect on the whisky which makes the glass pretty heavy. They tend to slide into your teeth if you have more than 2 stones in your glass. They can pick up freezer burn type tastes if you don’t wash them regularly enough and this can definitely add unwanted flavor to a whisky. However if you are willing to wash them diligently they can really work well for some whiskies and you will have to play around to see for yourself. If you are the patient kind then give them a go. If you have been a “known” whisky geek for a while then you probably already have received them as gifts.
3. Fun Fake Ice – LED glowing ice cubes can be a really fun way to be the Uber nerd in the whisky crowd at your next tasting event 🙂 – If you don’t have a novelty store close by you can use this link to E-bay.
4. Cool glassware – When not tasting out of your beloved Glencairn, Reidel or Speigelau whisky glass how about one of these fun options.
Blade Runner (Sci-Fi geek coming out again) whisky tumbler would be on my Christmas list.
The Spin & Swirl Glass: It looks cool and gives you something to play with in between sips.
There is no doubt that the more you get into whisky the more it can become a pretty decent passion taking up a good amount of time and money. Why not make it fun as well to counterbalance all those serious contemplative tastings.
The next time you have a whisky gathering or club meet how about cranking it up a notch by seeing who can bring the coolest whisky accessory.
Post your links to other fun whisky gadgets or if you have the ultimate Whisky man-cave send in a photo.
Next week we will be looking at specific glassware and doing a comparative tasting with the same whisky to see the differences.
Until then – have tons of fun!
“somebody stop me”