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Libation Station

You don’t need a ton of counter space to stash your ever growing spirit collection. Sean Woolsey Studio’s Libation Station mounted to a wall will take care of that. This circular shelving system is built of powder-coated high-grade aluminum and offers four high compartments for taller bottles, several slots for wine bottles and/or glasses, and a oil-finished slide-out walnut drawer on which to prepare drinks. Compact it may be but it’s got room for up to  45 bottles total, including wine, making it an elegant choice for bolstering your home’s compact bar.

Learn more at Sean Woolsey Studio – $1,250

GET IT: $1,250

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The Macallan x Urwerk Flask

Seeing Urwerk in the name was enough to know this was no ordinary flask. The Swiss watchmaker and the 193 year old Scotch whisky distillery’s collaborative piece, The Macallan x Urwerk Flask, is limited to 500 pieces and boasts over 150 parts to most flasks’ two or three. Its machined aluminum shell encases two titanium tanks to carry two whiskies simultaneously, switching and locking the mouthpiece to one or the other with a simple turn of its stainless steel knurled neck. So they’re not mixed up — and so a taste test isn’t required each time to tell which is which — cask indicators on the side tell you which Macallan whisky is in which tank. Rounding out its superlative features is a set of pop-out landing gear that deploy at a press of a tail-mounted button that let the flask stand freely and stably.

Learn more at The Macallan – $2,460

GET IT: $2,460

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Mucha Liga Tequila

Best. Decanters. Ever. Mucha Liga Tequila is personified by their distinctive bottling. But there’s more to this libation than just clever marketing. Three distinct Tequilas make Mucha Liga the source for fresh, fiery and fearless agave. Bravo is an unaged, clear tequila in its purest form taking flavor from blue agave for a natural, fresh and light experience to be enjoyed neat. Canibal ups the ante with a tequila rested in white oak barrels with a balance of caramel and blue agave. If these two aren’t enough, Mucha Liga also offers Invicto. Field matured agave is processed and rested in barrels to become a robust and bold Anejo. Any one of this familia makes for a phenomenal drink, neat, rocks or mixed.

Hit up Mucha Liga to learn more – $43+

GET IT: $43+

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Old Rip Van Winkle 25 Year Old Bourbon

You may like whiskey. You may love whiskey, but to true connoisseurs of mash delight, the pinnacle of Kentucky’s bourbon offering is Pappy’s Old Rip Van Winkle 25 Year Old Bourbon. This limited edition 100 proof elixir comes from eleven barrels of bourbon originally distilled in 1989. Only 710 handmade glass decanters packaged in boxes made from the staves of the oak barrels, which originally aged the spirit, are available for purchase, each packed with a certificate of authenticity signed by Julian Van Winkle, grandson of founder Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle. So magnificent is this offering mere money won’t secure a bottle. In fact, so sought after are all varieties of “Pappy” that retailers often hold lotteries to decide who is lucky enough to purchase them. Old Rip Van Winkle 25 is likely to make winning the bourbon lottery akin to hitting the power ball. It may already be too late to get in on ORVW 25, but maybe you can find one the many ruthless bourbon scalpers willing to make a deal.

Ships in April. Read their press release or bide some time at Old Rip Van Winkle – $1,800

GET IT: $1,800

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Jack Daniel’s Coffee

It won’t get you tipsy but Jack Daniel’s Coffee will get you up and at ’em in the morning with a hint of whiskey taste. This blend of medium-roasted Arabica gourmet coffee goes through an infusion process with actual Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. While no alcohol actually reaches your mug after brewing (none was left in the beans, anyway, though nothing’s stopping you from spiking the coffee itself with a bit of Jack) the whiskey’s notes of vanilla and caramel come through in every sip. Also available in a decaffeinated version as well as smaller 1.5 ounce sample sizes ($7).

Learn more at Jack Daniel’s Coffee or grab a can here – $22

GET IT: $22

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Snask & PangPang Shower Beer

They’re certainly not the first to come up with the idea of drinking in the shower, but Snask & PangPang’s collaborative Shower Beer is the first such drink specifically conceived for enjoyment during this private time. It’s of the pale ale variety, sweet and strong, and comes in a 18 cl bottle (about 6 ounces) that goes down in just a few sips — likely before any shower water dilutes the stuff. Perfect before hitting the hay all squeaky clean or of course to get the evening off on the right foot, especially since its alcohol content is a solid 10%.

Learn more at Behance – $TBA

GET IT: $TBA

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Isle of Harris Gin

When you think of the Scottish Isles and libations, gin doesn’t necessarily come to mind. Harris Distillery’s Isle of Harris Gin is changing that. Just as the peaty nuance of a fine single malt can transport the imbiber to a seaside in the North Atlantic, so too can the gin distilled to reward the drinker with maritime pleasures. Isle of Harris utilizes hand-harvested sugar kelp to marry the sea to eight other carefully chosen botanicals. Juniper (of course), pine needles, fresh citrus, lime and grapefruit flesh out a complex floral note of rose and wallflowers with crushed green herbs, coriander and gooseberry all balanced on a mixed spice foundation. To the average drinker, that means a gin with a good balance between the bitter juniper and sweet citrus flavors… distinctive and smooth with a dry flinty taste. The finish is long with sweet vanilla and black pepper remaining on the palate as a gentle reminder of the sea. Though getting your hands on some may be tricky.

Find it at Isle of Harris – roughly $43

GET IT: ~$43

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Fizzics Waytap Draft Beer Dispenser

Draft beer isn’t impossible to pour at home, it’s just that typical systems are more complex and expensive than the average beer lover would like. Now there’s another, simpler option with the Fizzics Waytap Draft Beer Dispenser, which recreates the taste and texture of draft beer without taking up much space or pulling beer from a keg. Instead, the tap fits over a standard/tall can or a bottle of beer and pours at the pull of its lever. When the handle is pushed to the closed position to finish the pour the Waytab converts the exiting brew’s natural carbonation into perfect foam by using sound waves instead of nitrogen canisters. It works with all types of beers and runs on four AA batteries so it’s portable, too.

Grab one at Amazon – $130

GET IT: $130

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Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka

The first question you’ll ask yourself after discovering Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka is probably something along the lines of how is this even made? Well first the milk is separated into curds and whey, the former turned to cheese (Black Cow will sell you cheddar, too) and the latter converted into beer via a particular yeast that transforms lactose into ethanol. This beer is then distilled, treated (using proprietary and secret processes), and finally triple filtered. While it’s completely transparent like vodka should be its milk origins imbue the booze with a creamy and sweet character that you won’t want to dilute with mixers.

Learn more at Black Cow or grab a bottle at Master of Malt – $29

GET IT: $29

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Coravin Model One & Two

The original Coravin allowed you to tap into a bottle of wine without actually opening it, sparing its contents of oxidation if not drunk quickly. The new Coravin Model One does the same thing but at a lower price point. It’s made of ABS and synthetic rubber but otherwise uses the same Teflon-coated stainless steel needle to get through the cork and pour out wine. The Coravin Model Two on the other hand boasts a fully metal body and a thinner wall needle that allows for 20% faster pouring. The needles are narrow enough that the cork naturally reseals as they’re withdrawn, and both models use pressurized argon cartridges (good for about fifteen 5 ounce pours) that fills the bottle’s newly created empty space with this inert gas and keep the wine as fresh as a brand new untouched bottle. And if you need something a touch flashier the Model Two Elite comes in fire engine red, gold, or silver (click through to picture two), albeit at a $50 premium.

Find the Model One ($195) and Model Two ($350) at Amazon.

GET IT: $195+

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Crafthouse Cocktail Smoking Kit

Add a modicum of smokiness to your drink with the Crafthouse Cocktail Smoking Kit. This set – created by a world-champion bartender – includes a smoke box and Polyscience smoking gun set along with two sample flavor wood chips to get started experimenting with your cocktails and liquors like whisky. The glass-and-stainless-steel box is made large to also fit taller glasses, though you can also load it with food that smokiness might complement.

Find it at Wine Enthusiast – $200

GET IT: $200

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2016 Whisky Advent Calendar

The holidays are nearly upon us, and soon advent calendars start counting down the days. But instead of sugary treats like chocolate, Drinks by the Dram’s got a bunch of Whisky Advent Calendars — amongst other non-whisky options — for the upcoming holiday season that hide one ounce of a different spirit behind each door to really get festive. Since last year the collection has grown dramatically, offering the classic 2016 Whisky Advent Calendar alongside calendars for bourbon, gin, tequila, vodka, cognac, and other themes. They’re not lacking premium options, either, with a half dozen or so choices that culminate in the The Very Old & Rare Whisky Edition filled with drams of exceedingly rare whiskies from around the world and packed in a bespoke walnut or Macassar ebony box — though these run you about ten grand each. Full lists of all included spirits available as well, but why spoil the surprise?

Grab one at Master of Malt – $103+

GET IT: $103+

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Alkemista Alcohol Infusion Vessel

Create your own spirits without the fear of going blind or dying. Alkemista merges cocktail mixing and tea infusing into one beautifully designed product. It allows you to create custom infused spirits to elevate your cocktails to the next level by using fresh fruits, spices and herbs. The ultra-fine removable filter allows for capturing the flavors of fresh ingredients while eliminating the risk of unwanted particles making their way into your mouth. This is a must have tool for any aspiring DYI mixologist since it not only looks fantastic on your bar thanks to its traditional spirit bottle style — made out of high grade borosilicate glass — but is incredibly easy to use. Simply add your ingredients to the filter, let sit for anywhere between a few hours to a few weeks, remove the filter with the ingredients, and enjoy your masterpiece of a cocktail.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $45

GET IT: $45