Ice cubes vs ice spheres?
Where did it all start?
Seen by some as the ultimate whisky sin, but equally, part of an important, enjoyable ritual by others, adding ice to whisky will undoubtedly change your drinking experience…and who’s to say that is a bad thing? It is something that has begun to have a huge impact on whisky bars internationally and leading the way are the Japanese and the intriguing culture of hand carved ice balls.
The ice ball serve is a phenomenally popular way to enjoy both single malts and blended whiskies in the numerous microbars dotted around the districts of Tokyo. Skilled bartenders start with a pristine, perfectly clear block of ice (produced by freezing high quality spring or mountain water slowly over a period of weeks) and will painstakingly sculpt a perfect sphere the size of a fist, using a variety of tools including razor sharp knives, ice picks and prongs.
The beauty of the ice ball is not just from an aesthetic perspective. As they have a large surface area, they don’t melt as quickly as conventional cubed ice and will chill your whisky perfectly, without over-diluting it.
What sets Tovolo Ice Spheres apart?
Ice melt is often one of the reasons that your “homemade” drinks do not taste as fresh as bar drinks. The ice served in bars is designed to fill the glass, utilizing its maximum capacity, which in turn keeps everything cooler longer and the ice from melting too soon. The basic design of ice from classic cube trays does not allow for this efficient use of a glass’ shape. However, the ice ball thwarts this melting by giving you one large clump that cools itself and slows the melt.
Tovolo’s innovative Sphere Ice Mould creates the perfect giant ice sphere measuring 2.5” (6.5cm) diameter.
The Tovolo ice moulds won’t leak or tip in your freezer and stack neatly to conserve space. Supplied as a set of two moulds in attractive black and grey packaging, the Tovolo Sphere Ice Mould retails for about £10.95, making an ideal fit for your home bar kit.
Your choice of craft spirits (we recommend whiskey, scotch or bourbon) over ice obviously.