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Polar Ice Tray Review

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In the world of whiskey, there are lots of arguments over ice: whether it should be used or not? How much to use? What type to use? I believe it is up to the drinker. I enjoy a bit of ice in my whiskey, but, in my opinion, nothing beats a good ice ball instead of cubes. So what’s the difference? Volume and surface area. When using ice from your icemaker you have a greater amount of surface area of ice to whiskey. This causes the ice to melt faster; yes, your drink is cold faster, but you have also added more water to your drink than you may want. Typically by the time you finish your drink, the ice is gone as well. With an ice ball, you have less surface area, because it is one large piece of ice, and it takes longer for the ball to melt. This causes the drink to cool down slower, and it does not get watered down as much. Plus, a great ice ball can last for several drinks.

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Vinturi Spirit Aerator Review

In Drinking Accessory Reviews by Patrick "Pops" GarrettLeave a Comment

Anyone that drinks wine on a regular basis knows what an aerator can do for a bottle of wine. But did you know some people claim they can do the same for spirits – especially whiskey? Vinturi, the top wine aerator brand, states that their spirits aerator “releases the full potential of any undiluted spirit, allowing it to be appreciated like never before.” I can’t speak for everyone but I’m pretty sure it’s hard to appreciate  a glass of bourbon more than I already do. But since Vinturi offered to provide me with an aerator for review I thought I’d give it a try. What follows …

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Zircle Ice Ball Mold Review

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Disclaimer: A sample pack of Zircle ice ball molds were provided to us by the Xena Group for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review their with no strings attached. Thank you. Our house took a hit this holiday weekend with our AC going on the fritz. To help stay cool I switched over to bourbon on ice and found these Zircle ice ball molds more useful than ever. Today we take a closer look at how they compare to other ice ball molds on the market and whether or not you should consider ordering a …

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Is Shaker 33 the Best Cocktail Shaker Since Prohibition?

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Disclaimer: A prototype of the Shaker 33 and a bottle of bourbon  was provided to us by the creator’s for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review their product in advance of their KickStarter campaign launching with no strings attached. Thank you. “The Best Cocktail Shaker Since Prohibition” That’s the bold statement Shaker 33 uses on Kickstarter.com to catch your attention and draw you in to learn more about their product and campaign. It’s a highly effective tagline and one that I’m sure will spark much debate as people learn more about Shaker 33 over the next 31 …

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Balls of Steel Review: The Hands on Edition

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  What if you could chill your whiskey while also doing good? That’s the premise behind OriginalBOS’s newest product – Balls of Steel. Billed as “drink chillers with a cause”, Balls of Steel are a new twist on the concept of chilling your whiskey without having to use ice which can often dilute your whiskey’s flavor. Just like whiskey stones which have been on the market for years, Balls of Steel are placed in your freezer for a period of time before being added to your whiskey. Unlike whiskey stones though, Balls of Steel are spherical in shape (as you …

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Ice Ball Mold for Perfect Ice Spheres

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We’re big fans of ice balls and molds here at Bourbon & Banter. And this prosumer model from Japan is no exception. While the cost is a bit high for our budget at $180, it might just be perfect for those of you who do a lot of entertaining or own a small bar. They state that you can make up to 30-40 ice balls in an hour. And they offer shapes ranging from the traditional sphere to diamonds, soccer balls and baseballs. If anyone has one of these or has used one in the past let us know how …

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Introducing The Cube Tube

In Drinking Accessory Reviews by Patrick "Pops" Garrett5 Comments

Last week’s intense heat reinforced my belief that sometimes you just cant’ beat having a glass of bourbon on the rocks. I realize that many of you will scoff at the notion of ice and bourbon together in a glass but for those of you that enjoy a few rocks to chill your whiskey, I’d like to introduce you to Quirky’s newest twist on the ice cube tray – the Cube Tube. Here are the details from their website: Cube Tube is a vertical ice cube tray that prevents you from spilling water while transporting a full tray of water …

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The Great American Flask

In Drinking Accessory Reviews by Patrick "Pops" Garrett1 Comment

I’ve been psyching myself up to do my tasting review of Jefferson’s Ocean this evening so I hadn’t planned on a formal post for today. However, I shared a link on Twitter the other day for the Great American Flask produced by Jacob Bromwell and based on some of the feedback I received I thought I’d share it with everyone on the blog as well. Here are a few product details from their website: 100% handmade to order using traditional processes 9 0z. capacity is perfect for containing bourbon and whiskey Made of pure, solid copper and hot-tinned on the inside using …