Nothing beats cooking with cast iron. Replacing every piece of cookware in your kitchen with ironware makes for a worthy goal. It’s easy to use, retains (and distributes) heat well and can go from the stovetop to the oven without a pan switch. Plus, you can make pretty much anything in there: cookies, steaks and even bread. This three-piece set from Smithey Ironware—with eight, 10 and 12 diameter skillets—is one of the best out there.
One of the heart notes in Dewars Blended Scotch Whisky, Craigellachie provides that well-known tipple with some Speyside single malt sweetness. On its own, the whisky shines beyond expectation—and its 33-year-old iteration is one that should make collectors swoon. It’s limited to 1,700 bottles around the world though, so very few will get to try this superb spirit with notes of apple, vanilla and nutmeg.
Buying fresh, farm-grown produce is one thing; preparing your bounty with appropriate utensils is another. “The Ring” from Full Circle Home is exactly that: a bamboo ring (with an opening wide enough for two fingers) finished with a row of recycled plant fiber and recycled plastic bristles for cleaning vegetables. Also, the tool is coated with non-toxic materials and the bristles are BPA-free.
For all its meticulous branding and thoughtful development, the greatest strength of Moët Hennessy’s first-ever tequila brand, Volcán De Mi Tierra, happens to be the flavor. Of the two debut products, the Cristalino remains our favorite. It’s an añejo, filtered through charcoal to remove all color, and the luscious vanilla, creamy caramel and toasted agave flavor profile will impress lovers of premium spirits.
For those seeking a well-designed starter set or looking to replace some battered hand-me-downs, Edge of Belgravia’s Precision knife set meets the needs of both. The six-piece knife set includes bread, paring, deba, chef’s, cutting and filleting knives. They’ve all been designed by Christian Bird and produced in the UK. Each blade has been crafted from stainless steel and, as the name implies, these are about precision.
These minimal salt and pepper shakers from Vipp are some of the best minimal accessories for any table or counter. Their audible grinding, an intentional design attribute, is inspired by the sound of a Franz Jäger safe. The ceramic grinder inside is durable, long-lasting and consistent—providing an ideal coarseness time after time. Price is in Danish krone.
Packed inside this “Amish Popcorn Library” are 12 separately packaged varietals of corn grown in Indiana’s Amish country. Each four ounce bag is one serving—enough for a few light snackers or one hungry human. They’re non-GMO, tender and colorful alternatives to the industrialized kernels inside supermarket bags. And, you’re purchasing directly from a family farm when you buy a box—Brian Lehman’s to be exact.
The brains behind Melbourne’s Smith & Daughters and Smith & Deli, Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse have put out a second cookbook. Smith & Deli-cious: Food From Our Deli (That Happens to be Vegan) is an aptly named guide to all kinds of impressive and unexpected plant-based dishes. From shepherd’s pie to plakopsy, larb, brownies and more, the recipes evoke the warmth and comfort of home, but are concurrently super-inventive. With helpful guides to basics (like stock and sauces) and the Smith & Deli story (about a Fitzroy favorite with queues streaming out the door), it’s a comprehensive book that spans cuisines, cultures and flavors—and might even satisfy avid non-vegans.
The Dalmore’s Port Wood Reserve, first finished in white American oak barrels and then doubly finished in Graham’s Port pipes, boasts an incredible richness with notes of dark purple fruit and roasted nuts. The port pipes lend a unique profile to the single malt scotch and make this one of the most palatable, and complex, alternative-finished spirits on the market; and, it’s one of the most beautiful in low light—the melded silver logo glistens with the amber hue as its backdrop.
Serve breakfast on breakfast with this Martin Parr tray. The beloved photographer’s blend of dry humor and anthropology is apparent here—and while the Melamine piece is entirely functional, it’s a shame to cover up the 1995 photo. The image was included in Parr’s book British Food, and is just one of the many culinary-focused pictures in the brilliant photographer’s vast body of work.
Crafted by macerating and then steeping shiraz grapes in their high-proof Rare Dry Gin for eight weeks, Four Pillars‘ beautifully colored Bloody Shiraz is unlike anything else. Not a sloe gin nor liqueur, it’s a legitimate gin with shiraz elements. The alcohol is 37.8% so it can be used in cocktails or on the rocks (the team suggests garnishing with a slice of orange) but beware: it’s very drinkable.
The ideal gift for a pickle-enthusiast, The Big Dill box from Mouth is full of zesty treats. Pickled cherry tomatoes, whiskey sour pickles and pickled Thai basil jalapeños are among the selection—with freshness and small-batch manufacturing guaranteed.
A highly rated Italian white wine, Villa Russiz’s Pinot Bianco 2015 vintage carries fruity and floral notes that pair well with light foods. It’s easygoing and fresh from start to finish. For those unaware, Pinot Bianco is drawn from a Pinot Blanc grape, derived from Pinot Gris. Perhaps the best attribute to this delectable wine happens to be the fact that 50% of the income generated from sales goes to the Fondazione Villa Russiz, an orphanage housed within the winery and vineyard properties.
Tom Dixon is known for eccentric designs and playful iterations of everyday objects, and his glorious Bump Jug is no exception. With a high-arching handle, tall spout, and curves for days, it’s a charming design. (Not to mention its dreamy, translucent pink and grey hues). This vessel can hold 750ml and does so with style.
Suntory has established itself as a powerhouse in the whisky world—winning awards for products ranging from the entry level Toki to the overwhelmingly magnificent Yamazaki. International travelers may already be familiar with Suntory’s Roku Gin, but this year it has made its way to the US market. Featuring six distinct Japanese botanicals—including the divine Sakura flower, prickly Sanshō pepper and nuanced Yuzu peel—on top of eight traditional gin botanicals, Roku Gin’s bouquet rewards unlike any other in the category. This is a gin some should actually drink neat.
Marion, from Arizona-based Superstition Meadery, is a fuller-bodied honey wine with dark notes of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry. With a rich, juice-like hue, this 13.5% ABV mead’s flavor profile is unexpected, excellent and award-winning. It’s also best to open this sooner rather than later as fruited meads can age but not for too long.