It’s never too early to start planning your Diwali gifts, especially when the festival is earlier in the year than it usually is. Here are some ideas to get you started.
●For serious bourbon lovers who liked the brand’s Unaged Rye release a couple of years ago, Jack Daniel is offering a ‘rested’ Tennessee rye this season. The whisky has apparently been “resting quietly” in the barrelhouse for the past few years and the distillery is inviting drinkers to savour the maturing process through this limited release. The spice character from the rye grain remains from the original Unaged Rye, but the barrels’ toasted oak and vanilla notes have seeped into the rye whiskey. Charcoal mellowed, matured in a new white oak barrel and offered only in a small batch, the 40% ABV/ 80 proof whiskey is available in limited quantities across the US.
●For those unlikely to be satisfied with only a litre or so of liquid gold, Jack Daniel offers a rare opportunity to buy a barrel of whiskey. The brand’s ‘By the Barrel’ programme invites clients to hand-select their very own barrel of JD’s Single Barrel Select. People can either join Master Distiller Jeff Arnett for a personal tasting, and sample the whiskey until they find the barrel that’s right for them, or (if they can’t visit in person), let the company know their taste preferences and the distiller will pick out a barrel for them. About 240 bottles of whiskey can be got out of one bottle. The whiskey that’s bottled is sourced only from that particular barrel – so there will be no other whiskey like yours. One barrel costs about $10,000 (more or less, depending on the exact number of bottles and taxes). To know more, check out http://www.jackdaniels.com/by-the-barrel
●This one is for the adrenaline junkie. Forget the Sony and JVC offerings, Kodak’s new SP360 is being touted as the world’s first-ever 360-degree action camera. The company invites you to ‘immerse yourself and capture 360-degrees of pristine HD video”. Small enough to fit snugly into your hand (5 x 4.11 x 3.8 cm), the camera comes with an “Extreme Pack” that contains everything users are likely to need in their line of extreme sport, from anti-fog inserts to surfboard/helmet/head strap mounts to a waterproof casing. It comes with a battery, USB cable, power cord, CD-ROM, adhesive fixation plate, adhesive fixation curve, underwater housing, bracket for surfboard, head support, a halter, and miscellaneous adhesives. Skydiving, anyone? Price: €349
●If you must drink the best, drink it in the best. And if you don’t want to drink, take the best handcut glasses in the world and stack them up to create a vase, like Moser’s has done. The limited-edition Towers 3230 vase by the Czech crystal glass maker was inspired by engraved baroque goblets, stacked together, and was the winning design for the Ludwig Moser Award 2012 contest for talented artists. The 27.6-inch high vase is made of ecologically-friendly, lead-free crystal in hues of pink and amethyst. It bears the Moser logo, and isnumbered and provided with a Certificate of Authenticity. More details at http://www.moser-glass.com/