Beverage chillers are all the rage these days but very few stand out from the crowd except for the Soiree Tilt. This unique product has a versatility that others lack.
Soiree Home is a company most known for its effective, stylish wine aerator, but has been expanding their offerings to include other well designed drink related products.
The Tilt will be considered by most to be just another beverage chiller for spirits, but that would be an incorrect assumption. I looked at it that way initially but quickly came to see that it had potential beyond the whiskey glass.
Let’s look at what it is. Tilt is a gel-filled stainless steel chilling sphere about 2″ in diameter, resembling a metallic version of those round ice cube molds that are so popular now. It comes with a hooked stirrer as well as a storage base & bag.
The people at Soiree feel Tilt’s chilling technology preserves the full flavor of your beverage and lasts far longer than cubed ice. A sphere’s surface-area/volume ratio allows for better, more even chill and Tilt’s mirror finished sealed stainless steel shell ensures purity of taste. They call it gourmet replacement for ice.
Usage is pretty simple; wash it and store it on the silicone base in the freezer. It is ready for any drink you decide to put it in. To keep your hands out of the drink and keep them from sticking to the frozen metal, remove the Tilt with the metal retrieval hook which is cleverly disguised as a cocktail stirrer and garnishing stick.
Soiree Tilt Uses
Since it is most often thought of as a chiller for whiskey, I began my tests there. I have tested and written about many chilling devices for whiskey, most common are the soap stone versions.
So in keeping with previous chill comparisons, I used a 2 oz. pour of whiskey and measured the temperature changes. Typically the soapstone stones take around 5 minutes to reach maximum chill but not Tilt. The design and size of the Tilt had an immediate affect on the whiskey. It produced more cooling than either Whiskey Disks or Teroforma Whiskey Stones.
While soapstone chillers will provide 7-12 degree temperature drop, Soiree’s Tilt was able to generate 15-20 degrees of chill. Given that Scotland, the home of whiskey, has an average temperature in the mid-60s even in the peak of summer, you can understand why we in warm climes like Washington, DC, need to put a chill on that whiskey. On a humid, 90 degree day here in the nation’s capital, soapstone products would still allow for whiskey temps in the low 80s.
Not only was the Tilt able to achieve greater chill, it was able to hold the cool temperature much longer. In one test, I began with 78 degree whiskey; one control glass had no chiller, one the Soiree Tilt, another a soapstone product. After 2 hours in the summer sun and humidity, the control glass had risen to match the ambient air temperature of 88, the soapstone product was only a couple of degrees cooler at 84 but the Tilt was holding at 75 degrees. As I drank from the glasses, that 9 degree difference was noticeable on the palate.
Having said all this, the Tilt might be a bit of overkill from a chill perspective in the winter months. If you start with whiskey at 68 degrees, Tilt would take that down to 50 degrees. For some tastes that may be a bit cold, but certainly no worse than ice cubes would provide.
Being stainless steel, Tilt did not absorb any odors or flavors as can happen with porous soapstone chillers. After years of use, even when rinsed and dried after each use, soapstone chillers have a whiskey fragrance permeating them.
Now if the review were just about whiskey or spirits, I think you could say that Tilt was pretty much king chiller, but unlike the soapstone versions, Soiree’s product does more.
People often buy soapstone or granite chillers and try to chill wine or other beverages and find themselves disappointed. These products have neither the mass nor the practical design to be used with other beverages. This is where the stainless steel construction of Soiree Tilt provides an advantage.
Since it won’t absorb particles or aromas from beverages or foods, as we will see, it can be used in a variety of applications. Its size also offers the ability to chill a glass of wine just as effectively as whiskey. It happens to me and you too probably: you didn’t chill the wine before dinner and it is too warm. Tilt allows you to drink chilled wine right away, even while you wrap or chill the rest of the bottle. Let’s say the bottle was properly chilled prior to serving; hot summer temps warm up wine fairly quickly and the Tilt could keep the wine chilled while it sits in the glass.
The Soiree Tilt chills cocktails too and the retrieval hook can function as a drink pick for fruit and herbs. But as alluded to, Soiree Tilt can also be used to keep dips, spreads and sauces chilled and protected from the heat. It is really effective with guacamole and mayonnaise or other perishable dips.
I am acting pretty much like a fan-boy of Soiree’s Tilt, but I think it warrants the excitement. It’s more than a spirit chiller, more than a wine chiller, it can be used with cocktails, soft-drinks, tea, coffee or food dishes to keep them chilled or at the least, stave off the heat.
Something that versatile, even though more expensive than other beverage chillers, is worth the investment and something you can easily get excited about.