With slow cooking and sous-vide cropping up just about everywhere, an at-home appliance like Mellow brings the method home in a safe and easy way. WiFi-enabled and smartphone-controlled, Mellow is intuitive and quick to initiate. It can produce up to six portions at a time, in food-safe HDPE bags. And because the process with Mellow is really so hands-off, it frees up users to enjoy their time or start prepping something else.
Designed by Daniele ‘Danne’ Semeraro for Sempli, the Vaso Vino decanter aerates wine—up to an entire bottle’s worth—in a striking and uncommonly tilted shape. The hand-blown, lead-free crystal decanter carefully rests on it side, allowing the liquid to breathe but also makes for an easy pour from its circular top.
With only a handful of ingredients (including white chocolate and natural Fuji apple flavor), Sugarfina has produced petite Fuji Apple Caramels that contain both the crispness of the fruit and richness of the sweet syrup. It’s another elegant candy from the brand, and while each piece carries just enough flavor, it’s quite easy to finish the entire package.
So much about Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky works, making it a superb example of the possibilities of flavored whiskies. It’s tasty, high proof, reasonably priced and it mixes well into cocktails. The brand sourced blended rye from the oldest distillery in Western Canada and added in just enough “Canada 1 Light” maple syrup to offer authentic flavor. It’s not saccharine or fake, it’s not overwhelming and keep in mind, this is a potent 98.6 proof, so it’s no joke. The dark rye notes shine through and it offers heartier-than-expected mouthfeel.
A bundle of spicy sweetness, Farm to People’s Heat Things Up kit includes everything from a mole chocolate bar to raspberry jalapeño jam. Some of the components can be consumed on their own, but many (like the hot honey and the aforementioned jam) can be used to punch up other treats (or, we suppose, eaten by the spoonful). Farm to People unites products from small-batch producers so it’s easy to feel good when your tongue is burning up. It also all comes in a reusable wooden crate.
Only 74 bottles of this whisky exist globally. Beyond its age and rarity (and exquisite bottling, done in a handmade crystal decanter with sterling silver adornments), the most impressive facet of this single malt Scotch happens to be its incredible flavor. Normally, at this age, the wood aging has taken over the flavor profile. Here, one is left with candied pineapple and it simply tastes great.
This all-in-one teapot and mug is made for solo time, and takes a few tips from the traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the same time. Heat-resistant to save your hands, this cup keeps your tea warm while it steeps and you concentrate on getting zen. The vibrant touch of color adds just the right amount of energy to an object that encourages serenity.
Inspired by Jim Henson’s beloved television show “Fraggle Rock,” a metaphor for diversity and cohabiting peacefully, Brooklyn chocolatiers the Mast Brothers have released five limited edition bars, each featuring a different character. The brand selected five of their favorite varieties to adorn with characters for this collaboration. A portion of all proceeds benefits The Jim Henson Foundation and the Museum of the Moving Image, where the bars are sold—as well as at the Mast Flagship store in Brooklyn.
Ranch Boss can burn whole logs, seat large numbers of people, and feed throngs. Its size gives tremendous versatility for many kinds of cooking, from rotisserie to Dutch oven, and from grilling to the serving as the world’s most impressive soup pot. While it is often the central point of resort and lodge settings it is often found on home patios as a statement of quality and the center of outdoor family life.With a 6’4″ tripod height, a vast basin and even larger diameter, Cowboy Cauldron’s Ranch Boss can hold a number of full logs and create a perimeter large enough for a whole family to sit around and enjoy. This is an outdoor tool for grilling on, cooking in or simply for taking in warmth while outside. Each cauldron has been crafted from solid, seamless, high-tensile plate steel—and while that alludes to its functionality and durability, it’s also a beast of simple beauty.
Certainly better than plastic, and with a more nostalgic warmth than metal, this wooden coffee scoop is available in walnut or maple. It can be personalized on the underside of the bowl or on the handle, to elevate a morning coffee routine. Holding a tablespoon of coffee, each scoop also comes with a hot pink leather strap to hang it up.
Amarula’s cream liqueur is made from fermented marula fruit—which only grows in sub-Saharan Africa—so the poaching crisis decimating the African elephant population hits close to home. In a new campaign to raise awareness, from now to the end of 2017, the company will donate $1 for every bottle sold in the US to conservation non-profit WildlifeDIRECT. For cocktail ideas: we like spiking our Amarula in an after-dinner coffee for a decadent, velvety finish.
For a third year, prestige champagne house Krug has partnered with Italian luxury brand Berluti on a bag. This year, the Wild Journey champagne backpack features Berluti’s signature Venezia leather on the outside, finished with a dark cherry patina. Inside, however, one finds thermofoil lining with a removable insulated insert. This creates the perfect nook to cart Krug champagne while maintaining an ideal temperature. Further, the set comes with a chrome stopper and two Krug Rosé glasses. It’s fancy but certainly efficient.
Paris-based trained chef Cathleen Clarity fell in love with French food and cooking with the seasons after moving there, and now has released a cookbook with photographer Kathrin Koschitzki. With 12 menu suggestions and 70 dishes, “Fabulously French Cooking” offers ideas for big celebrations or small dinner parties. From cote de boeuf to fig and red grape galette, every dish will impress your friends.
There is no reason to grow tired of the same old classic cocktails. As entertaining expert Mark Addison makes clear, by commanding the original recipe one can easily spin out a tasty variation at home. Addison provides 144 different recipes in total, all of which stem from 12 famed drinks. Addison’s offerings vary from easy and delightful to wildly creative and molecular. There’s something here for those of all skill levels looking to punch up their drink mixing.
Many don’t know that a Tennessee slave, Nearest Green, taught Jack Daniels how to distill—even going on to work for Daniels as a black master distiller after the Civil War. Armed with thousands of documents, author Fawn Weaver convinced brand owner Brown-Forman to recognize Green’s role and incorporate it into the Jack Daniels story, where it’s always belonged. She’s now released her own whiskey to further spread his untold legacy, and the bulk of profits of Uncle Nearest Whiskey sales will be put toward funding more historical research on Green.
From the curved stainless steel blade (with a bridged pivot point to simplify shucking) to the ergonomic handled produced from recycled plastic bottles, Toadfish Outfitter’s Put ‘Em Back Oyster Knife aims to make the entire process easier and safer. Further, the Charleston, South Carolina-based company partners with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Oyster Shell Recycling Program and Oyster Restoration and Enhancement Program to re-nourish 10-square-feet of oyster habitat for every knife sold. Oyster loves can rejoice knowing they’ve made efforts toward sustainability.