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avion reserva 44Tequila Avion Launches Reserva 44
Tequila Avion — the brand best known for its extended cameo on Entourage and secondarily known for actually tasting good — has announced its newest expression: Reserva 44. This extra anejo tequila is aged for 43 months in oak before moving to a smaller barrel for the final month. Only 744 cases will be available worldwide, so don’t delay. A bottle will set you back $150, which isn’t bad considering the bottle itself is handsome fire-polished crystal.

George Dickel Launches No. 1 Foundation Recipe
George Dickel has decided to bottle and sell its “Foundation Recipe,” which has served as the backbone for George Dickel No. 8, No. 12 and Barrel Select. This unaged spirit is made from grains and Cascade Spring water before being finished through George Dickel’s signature chill charcoal mellowing process. It’s bottled at 91 proof and will begin shipping in January with a suggested price of $21.99.

More Tequila
This time, from Baron Spirits. Baron Tequila is positioning itself in the luxury category with lots of buzz words like “platinum” and “premium” that don’t really mean anything. The tequila begins with 10-year-old agave plants, which are slow roasted and triple-distilled at the Ansan Distillery. The attractive bottle is hand-blown on site and adorned with fancy script and a couple dragons. It carries a suggested retail price of $55.

Giving the Gift of DIY Whiskey
Top of the Hill Distillery, makers of Piedmont Gin and TOPO vodka, has begun selling an Age Your Own Whiskey Kit online just in time for the holidays. So first, identify the type of person who’d appreciate such a thing. Then, just hop online to purchase the kit, which comes with three bottles of unaged TOPO Carolina Wheat Whiskey and a mini oak barrel. It’ll cost you $129.90.

Written by Kevin Gray

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