Last Christmas, the PeguWife gave me, as my feature present, a Kickstarter backer’s pre-order of the Wintersmith Phantom clear ice maker. I tried not to get too excited when I opened the envelope because, in my experience, Kickstarter projects are often delayed. Actually, in my personal experience, Kickstarter projects are always delayed….
My box finally arrived last week.
This is not to say I wasn’t excited at all, in fact I was on pins and needles once the backer shipments began. You see, as a cocktail enthusiast, one of my primary symptoms is an addiction to big, clear ice. I lurk on Camper English’s blog, waiting for the next set of ice porn. I once took home a fresh, unused, two-inch cube of clear ice from a bar in a to-go box.
This is true, except that it was his wife who asked for the cube.
In fact, so excited was I to finally receive my Phantom that I decided to do something no has ever thought of before, do an unboxing video of opening my new obsession. I decided to include demos of some of the ice made with the Phantom, so this may be the first unboxing video ever shot over the course of four days. In hopes of getting you to watch it all, I’ve broken it down into three posts and four videos.
The Phantom is Wintersmiths’ newest and largest clear ice rig. It can make six huge cubes or seven luscious spheres of crystal clear ice (along with other shapes). It consists of a large vacuum insulated stainless steel barrel and several different available molds, and uses top-down directional freezing to produce a final product of nearly astounding quality. It is far and away the best final product of any ice rig I have purchased or made myself.
So, take a look at the unboxing portion of my weekend here. Videos of my first batch of ice (spheres) and second (large cubes) will follow in the subsequent posts.
You can learn more about the Phantom at Wintersmiths’ website. The box I received will retail for $245 when it begins shipping for new orders. If you have the freezer space, its worth every penny.