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Shot for shot

The Macallan Masters of Photography Collection: Annie Leibovitz

Although we’d still drink their famous single malt if it came splashing around in a McDonald’s cup, Scotch whisky maker Macallan insists on providing the same amount of attention and care to what goes on outside of the bottle as they do to what’s inside. Since its launch a couple of years ago, Macallan’s Masters...

Camp Envy

Stay | The Resort at Paws Up

For outdoorsy types who still want the indoorsy amenities of a fine hotel, consider the Resort at Paws Up, a lux-ranch in Greenough, Montana, about 25 miles from Missoula. Amid scenery straight out of A River Runs Through It (literally — the movie was filmed nearby), you can choose daily activities including ATV riding, fly-fishing,...

Breaking Fresh Wind

Design Spotlight | Enessere Hercules Wind Turbine

We’re all for clean energy, but sometimes the execution of the pursuit can just get plain annoying. Wind turbines, for example. Ubiquitous and essentially looking like an overgrown P-51 Mustang’s propeller on a stick, they just don’t seem to make any landscape more attractive. This is where the Enessere Hercules Wind Turbine aims to bring...

These beans count

Starbucks Indivisible Blend

Whether or not you’re a fan of the recently passed health care legislation, we can all agree that the good ol’ US of A could use a little help these days. That’s why the Seattle-based coffee giant has introduced Starbucks Indivisible Blend. Sold both by the cup and in one-pound whole bean bags, the blonde...

Keep your junk in order

Clever Travel Companion Underwear

Keeping track of your wallet and passport can be an after thought when you’re distracted by the sites of a foreign land. Plenty of travel companies offer solutions for keeping valuables out of reach, but Clever Travel Companion’s underwear with pockets ($30) makes things harder to nab than most. Equipped with two zipper-closed pockets in...

Don't be chicken

Beyond Meat Veggie Chicken Strips

Typically, fake meat has no sex appeal. It also has very little eating appeal, especially to us non-vegans and non-vegetarians. Beyond Meat Veggie Chicken Strips are plant-based strips made from a laundry list of moderately-healthy sounding ingredients, like soy protein isolate, pea protein Isolate, Soy Fiber, Carrot Fiber, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, White Vinegar and a...

Lighten up

Wild Turkey Rye 81 Proof

For many of us, 101 proof alcohols conjure up fuzzy memories of enflamed shot glasses and, well, not much else. For the now more responsible — and presumably with better taste — the Lawrenceburg, Kentucky distillery famed for its high-proof whiskeys, has released Wild Turkey Rye 81 Proof. Aged for 4–5 years in “alligator” char...

The Big Cheese

Tupelo Honey Pimento Cheese Club

Cursed as this particular author is with lactose intolerance, it’s still not reason enough to hold back from subscribing to Tupelo Honey’s Pimento Cheese Club ($228). If you’re lucky enough to have enzymes that don’t screw you out of the most delicious food there is, don’t take it for granted; eat cheese. Tupelo Honey’s club...

Return to weightlessness

Neutral Buoyancy: 7 Days in Belize

“Dolphins!” someone shouted and Captain Jack, his dreadlocks poking out of the back of his baseball cap pivoted our dive boat, the Mulac, around and swung into the path of the pod of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins who were arcing their dorsal fins out of the water in unison, their powerful exhalations audible a hundred yards...

The refill ninja

Kickstarter: Solid Titanium Pen + Stylus

Good design has always blurred the lines between form and function, but in the case of writing utensils, it’s the latter that we default to. Now, add the new Solid Titanium Pen + Stylus (the latest Kickstarter hero project) to the mix and the line is blurred yet again. Made from TA4 titanium the entire...

Burrito ex machina

Burritob0t

The closure of El Bulli + the rise of 3D digital printing = Opportunity! Bereft foodies now have common cause with CAD manufacturers — to rejoice in the dementedly creative mind of one NYU grad student who has prototyped the Burritob0t, a 3D printer for making, yep, burritos. Inspired by a frustration over the paucity...

Rockin' good bourbon

Tasting Notes: Rock Hill Farms Bourbon

In the single barrel bourbon space, the Buffalo Trace Distillery is at the top of our list for their variety of well-made, accessible and just generally great bourbons. Their Blanton’s Bourbon gets most of the shelf space — and for good reason, it’s delicious — but our current single barrel favorites in the Buffalo Trace...

Get under the table and dream

Dreaming Tree Wines

Need more Dave Matthews in your life? How about on your table, in a carafe or by the bottle? Then you’re in luck, because the jam master himself has teamed up with famed winemaker Steve Reeder to craft a collection of wine designed specifically crafted to be drunk — not just another celebrity collaboration. Named...

Got Bad Milk?

The Milkmaid Smart Milk Jug

Classy as it may be, sniffing a milk carton to see if its contents have spoiled isn’t terribly precise. That pensive moment right before the sniff (or worse, taste) is downright Neanderthal. In an attempt to get us beyond this is the Milkmaid, winner of a Quirky and GE sponsored innovation contest. Basically, the Milkmaid...

Get Into a Pickle

Gordy’s Pickle Jar

Pickles polarize. You’re on one side of the fermented fence or the other. We consider the salty, crispy cukes “the white man’s kimchi”, frankly. Gordy’s Pickle Jar just so happens to take their delicatessen delicacies seriously enough for fanatics like us. With four diverse gourmet pickle-based products — Sweet Chips, Hot Chili Spears, Sweet Pepper...

Into the wild

Toward the Light: Chasing the Alaskan Aurora with Project Aether

Editor’s Note: When we think of exploration, it’s easy to envision the archetypical rugged explorer, battle-hardened by dozens of foot journeys to the Poles or the gurus manning the offices of private space exploration. But how about our youth? Is the spirit of exploration and scientific discovery alive and well? We may not be able...

The Spirit of '95

Jim Beam 1795

Fresh on the heels of your last thought about a reason to imbibe comes

You say you want a "revolution"

Design Spotlight: The Airless Tire

Sometimes, we get so used to a certain product that no true changes are ever really made for years, decades even. Toilet paper comes to mind. Another is the pneumatic tire. Sure, the modern tire is a wealth of technology and high grade materials such as synthetic rubber, sulfur, carbon, steel, etc. Heck, recent years...

Sweet sin-sation

Twice the Vice Spirited Chocolates

Add the food of the gods, cacao, to the water of life, booze, and you’ve got Twice the Vice spirited chocolates. A box holds nine chocolate-enrobed, liquor-filled morsels that are available in a variety of spirit themes including a fine tequila and a kentucky bourbon series. While we’re sure all of their delightful boxes are...

Caught by hand, saved by mouth

Patagonia Provisions Salmon Jerky

In 1996, founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, changed the clothing industry with the move to organic cotton. The big dogs, such as Wal-Mart, are finally following suit. Now, 16 years later, Chouinard plans on once again changing an industry –- but this time, it’s the fishing industry. Salmon has been a hot topic of controversy,...

Appellation of Asgard

Highland Park Thor

As the first in their upcoming Valhalla Collection, Highland Park Single Malt Scotch Whisky has unveiled their newest whisky. The name: Thor, and no it’s not a mis-timed marketing ploy starring a well-imbibed Chris Hemsworth. Whether you’re a comic book fan or just love your single malt (better yet, both), Thor packs a powerful punch,...

Travel gets personal again

Superfly

Yes, you’re right, there’s more than enough travel booking sites on the Internet, but if we could just hold your attention for a few seconds, you may want to check out Superfly. Its unique engine uses all of your various travel account info when searching for flights, hotels and ground transportation to help locate the...

Saturdays at the office never looked better

Modernus Curved Frameless Glass Office System

Had Mr. Anderson been working in an office setup like the Modernus Curved Frameless Glass Office System, he might never have left the Matrix. And we can’t blame him. Based in California, Modernus is best known for its line of Italian-made, high-end contemporary doors. To that success, they have ventured into the often-staid field of...

Some like it hot

Stoli Hot Vodka

Add kick and a little heat to your dirty vodka martini or bloody mary with a splash of 75 proof Stolichnaya’s “Hot” flavored vodka. Vodka-enthusiasts may be more familiar with this fiery jalapeno-infused liquor back when it was known as Stoli Pertsovka. Pertsovka is actually the general Russian term for pepper-flavored vodka, and all that’s...

Tough only to resist

Krave Jerky

Be honest about it. The last time you had a tender, moist, flavourful, and well-spiced piece of jerky was never. Instead, you almost dislocated your jaw with an endless amount of chewing on what felt, tasted and acted like a piece of salted tire. But fear not, for Krave Jerky has heard your silent plea...

Whiskey for the common connoisseur

Tasting Notes: Elmer T. Lee Bourbon

In addition to its flagship offering, the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY produces some of our favorite bourbons, including Eagle Rare, Rock Hill Farms and Elmer T. Lee ($28). The latter is a small batch, single barrel bourbon that’s named for the former Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace. Mr. Lee created this bourbon with...

The fifth element, for your tongue

Red Boat Fish Sauce

Umami is a term borrowed from the Japanese, roughly meaning “pleasant savory taste”. In 1985 umami was officially recognized as the fifth basic taste profile, joining salty, sweet, sour and bitter on your tongue. Red Boat Fish Sauce ($10~$20) is an artisanal, first press “extra virgin” fish sauce from Vietnam; and its quite simply umami...

Because 12 ounces isn’t enough

Tasting Notes: Samuel Adams Single Batch Series

Samuel Adams is best known for its Boston Lager, but with a slew of other great beers – the Boston Ale and Black Lager come to mind – the brand has transitioned from craft brew darling to international powerhouse. That said, they keep the craft and innovation alive with releases like the Single Batch Series....

At Your Servus

Design Spotlight: Florian Saul’s Servus / r75 Coat Rack

German industrial designer Florian Saul’s furniture concepts are consistent in their merging of simplicity, aesthetic elegance, and functionality. The Servus / r75 rack is a modern take on the suit valet and our favorite of the lot. The minimalistic piece consists of a single strip of polished wood that bends slightly forward at the top...

Dinner is served

Kitchit

Having a hard time getting a seat in Yountville? Instead of constantly hitting the redial button for reservations, the chefs-for-hire team at Kitchit offers a different solution that will have you feeling right at home. The San Francisco-based web company brings some of the top chefs in the country — including those of The French...

Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia. -- H.G. Wells

Design Spotlight: London 2012 Olympic Velodrome

The roof of the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome was designed to reflect the very events it would house. Its curved and contoured shape is a three-dimensional representation of the geometry of cycling. While Ron Webb remains the go-to designer for Olympic cycling pavilions, the skilled architects at Hopkins were able to deliver 230,000 square feet...

Drink American

Tasting Notes: North Shore Distiller’s Gin No. 6

Europe makes some seriously good gin, but with so many great gins produced stateside these days, why venture outside the cozy confines of America? Hailing from Lake Bluff, Illinois, North Shore Distillery makes a range of products, including a vodka and absinthe. But it’s the Distiller’s Gin No. 6 ($32) that’s really gotten our attention....

A true drinking game

8-Bit Pale Ale

In hindsight, it completely makes sense that craft brewers like video games. In fact, what guy doesn’t like beer and video games (you productive types don’t count). To that end, Kansas’ Tallgrass Brewing Company, known for packaging their entire selection of beer in 1 PINT aluminum cans, has released 8-Bit Pale Ale. Based on customer...

Light from the darkness

Castor Design Deadstock Lighting

One man’s trash is another’s treasure, so it goes. That is, indeed, the case with Castor Design Deadstock Lighting. Castor (or “beaver” in French) Design did green one-up by utilizing what might have been cast off in the garbage heap as “mere junk” and turned it into one-of-a-kind lighting decor for your hipster pad. What...

Hop to it

Upslope Brewing Company Foreign Style Stout

After just two years in business, Upslope Brewing Company is releasing the Foreign Style Stout, their first limited release specialty ale. Located and expanding in the North Boulder area, this budding brewery was founded by three outdoor adventure lovers who enjoy chilled, fizzling hops in between camping, rafting, and mountain biking trips. With only 200...

Cidade Maravilhosa

Rio is Rising: 72 Hours in Rio de Janeiro

Preface: Recently, on an invitation from our friends at Veuve Clicquot, we ventured 4,800 miles south to Rio de Janerio, or what its Portuguese forebearers serendipitously misnamed River of January. Seeking insight and photographic proof of Rio’s reputation for both vice and enchantment, we discovered a city quivering to the beat of music and culture,...

Finger lickin’, Mama slappin’ good

Germantown Commissary Memphis BBQ

For over 90 years, this humble structure stood as a commissary to the locals of Germantown, TN. Selling everything from bluejeans to bologna, a commissary was a place were you could go to get just about anything. In 1981, Walker Taylor purchased this building with hopes and dreams of making some of the best Memphis...

Your Homebrewing Handbook

The Illustrated Guide to Brewing Beer

While we appreciate the growing craft beer movement and the art of a perfectly poured pint, we can’t ignore our do-it-yourself instincts. But before we turn the guest room into a rogue brewery, we’ll take some advice from avid home brewer, Matthew Schaefer. His new book, The Illustrated Guide to Brewing Beer ($15), is the...

Happy anniversary to the original small batch bourbon

Tasting Notes: Knob Creek Rye Whiskey

It’s been 20 years since Knob Creek shipped its first batch of bourbon. Back in 1992, terms like “small batch bourbon” and “super-premium” didn’t exist. Knob Creek was instrumental in creating this category, which has since been embraced by numerous brands and millions of whiskey drinkers. And now, after 20 years of success and last...

A better look at the Texas Capital

Herb Lester Austin on the Hoof Map

Planning on making a pilgrimage to South by Southwest (SXSW) in the coming weeks? Then pack Herb and Lester’s latest edition to their excellent city guide series with you. Like all of their enhanced maps, Austin on the Hoof covers a wide array of attractions, many of which you won’t see mentioned in typical travel...

Scoville Sublime

Gindo’s Spice of Life Pepper Sauce

Sriracha and Pete’s are great. In fact, they’re staples. But like a newly discovered spirit, unearthing a hot sauce we haven’t tasted gets our fire, and food, roaring. Unlike the Cold War nuclear pursuit of so many hot sauces, Gindo’s Spice of Life is anything but a tongue melter — make no mistake though, this...

Two barrels drink better than one

Tasting Notes: Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

Woodford Reserve has put out a handful of interesting whiskeys of late, including the New and Aged Cask Ryes and, coming this March, its Double Oaked Bourbon ($50). While the former spirits are part of Woodford’s Master’s Collection and therefore available for a limited time, Double Oaked is an extension of the brand’s permanent lineup....

Tastey Travel Tubes

Plant Studio Mobile Organic Spice Kits

Do right by your taste buds and support those less fortunate than you by purchasing a Plant Studio Mobile Spice Kit ($20). Each organic kit is assembled in Poughkeepsie NY, by a team of workers at the Hudson Workshop for the disabled. Four versions are available including a more general set for the mobile foodie,...

Tasting Notes: How to Cocktail by Simon Ford

Reading cocktail books and bartender manuals usually does the trick when mixing drinks at home. But nothing beats a step-by-step video from cocktail expert Simon Ford. Simon recently partnered with Liquor.com to create a series of how-to cocktail videos. Click below for a walk-through guide to crafting three time-honored drinks — the classic Martini, James...