The Drinker’s Holiday Gift Guide

first_img4. Oxley Gin£51.95 or $83.70No one does gin like the British, and Oxley is one of the finest gins on the market. Oxley is the first ever spirit created using Cold Distillation, which means that pressure is lowered to bring the boiling point down to -5℃. Removing heat from the distillation creates fresh, bright and smooth flavors, which is what Oxley prides itself on. This is a gin that you drink straight over ice, so that with each sip you can taste the mix of fresh citrus that goes into every batch. If you want to show someone in your life that you think they have nothing but class, this spirit makes the perfect gift. Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary In case you haven’t noticed, we at The Manual never get tired of talking about booze. Whether it’s small batch bourbon, the latest in tequila trends, or the sampling the finest in alcoholic ciders, we’ve got to write about it (and test it!).Chances are, you have someone in your life who is a beer expert or a cocktail connoisseur just like many of us are. And, since we are officially entering the holiday shopping season, you are going to need some alcohol inspired gifts to give out. To help you beat the holiday rush and get ahead of the game, we have put together a list of some of our favorite drink-related gifts. Any of the items below will be perfect for that friend or significant other of yours who doesn’t just like to tip a few back, but knows how to truly enjoy what he’s drinking as well.1. Booker’s Small Batch BourbonThis whiskey is no joke. Booker’s Bourbon is one of the only uncut, unfiltered, straight-from-the-barrel bourbons on the market. If you know someone who does best in down-to-earth, dimly lit bars, this is definitely the spirit of choice. Booker’s is bottled at a natural proof between 121 and 127 and aged between six and eight years, which makes it an excellent sipping bourbon. Whoever is on the receiving end of this bottle will be thanking you throughout 2014.2. Drinking, Smoking and Screwing: Great Writers on Good Times$13.95For better or worse, a night of drinking can make for some great stories. Throughout history, countless writers have understood the value of a good drink and a night out. Edited by Sara Nickles and published by Chronicle Books, Drinking, Smoking & Screwing collects poems, short stories and essays all about the joys of having perhaps too much fun. This anthology runs the gamut, featuring writing from the “barfly” Charles Bukowski, popular humorist Tom Robbins, classic prose stylist Vladimir Nabokov, and noted smoker Fran Lebowitz among others.3. Kaufmann Mercantile Square Crystal Decanter$159.00Sure, it’s always nice to have your favorite liquors prominently displayed at your home bar, but nothing says class like having your spirits stored neatly in their very own decanters. This English-made glassware is hand-blown by a team of up to twelve artisans out of raw crystal. Each decanter has a base measurement of 3.5 square inches and a height of 7.5 inches, which holds 22 fluid ounces of your favorite scotch or whiskey. The airtight seal maintains the complex flavors in your liquor of choice and the sleek design and appearance will be sure to impress even the most refined of drinking buddies. The Most Interesting Drinks From Around the World You Can Try Today 5. Bittercube Variety Pack$54.00Any sophisticated cocktail drinker knows the value of a good bottle of bitters. Bittercube Bitters, created at Yahara Bay Distillers out of Madison, WI, was founded by Nicolas Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz in 2009. The duo has miles of experience consulting and working at a variety of bars and restaurants throughout the Midwest and takes their bitters very seriously. They have meticulously crafted six different types of bitters: Cherry Bark Vanilla (for Manhattans), Jamaican Bitters #2 (good for Mojitos), Orange Bitters (nice in an Old Fashioned), Bolivar Bitters (for those champagnes cocktails), Jamaican Bitters #1 (for all rum drinks), and Blackstrap Bitters (perfect in hot, winter cocktails). This variety pack will please that friend or loved one who always wants to play bartender at a party or simply for their own enjoyment (we never oppose making a stiff one for yourself as long as it doesn’t get messy.)6. Broquet Hangover First Aid Kit$34.00The title of this item says it all. Chances are, the person you are buying any of these gifts for will overdo a night out every once and awhile (who doesn’t?); and this Hangover First Aid Kit is an excellent addition to any medicine cabinet. Filled with packs of vitamin boosters, glutathione replenishers (we’ll take their word for it), an instant cold pack, as well as an emergency Bloody Mary Mix, the guys at  Broquet have covered all of your bases. In fact, you may just want to pick one of these up for yourself (we won’t tell). A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

UnCruise Adventures Hires Michelle Glass

first_imgGlass joins the small ship adventure cruise line as senior director of global sales  SEATTLE, WA, May 7, 2018 – UnCruise Adventures, a small ship adventure cruise line with offices in Seattle and Juneau, Alaska, has hired Michelle Glass as senior director of global sales. Glass will be based out of the company’s headquarters in Seattle. In her role as senior director of global sales, a new position in the company, she will oversee wholesale and retail international partner relationships. She will also supervise a team of U.S.-based business development directors and lead preferred supplier partnerships with multiple consortia marketing organizations. “Michelle’s 25 years of experience in Alaska’s tourism industry combined with a broad skill set in sales and marketing make her a great fit for UnCruise,” said Tim Jacox, president and COO of UnCruise Adventures. “We welcome her to our team of adventurers.” Michelle was most recently with Alaskan Dream Cruises where she held the position of vice president of sales. Previously, she was the senior account manager at Entrée Alaska.  She has also served as director of tourism and executive director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) in Haines, Alaska, and she spent a year as executive director of the Kenai CVB.  She started her career in tourism with five years at Holland America Line. Condé Nast Traveler listed Glass as a destination specialist for Alaska five consecutive years. She’s also appeared on Wendy Perrin’s Wow list for Alaska. Glass has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University. She lives with her family on Whidbey Island, Washington. UnCruise Adventures’ boutique yachts and small ships carry 22-86 guests on voyages in Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington, British Columbia, Galápagos Islands, Costa Rica and Panamá. To book or to request additional information, contact a travel agent or UnCruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or read more

Guide horse sacked for being too big will soon ride the Underground

Britain’s first ‘guide horse’, who was sacked for being too big, has found a new home with a partially sighted Office for National Statistics worker in London.Digby, who is an American Miniature horse, became Britain’s first ‘guide horse’ when he began training with BBC journalist Mohammed Salim Patel in February.But due to an unexpected growth spurt, which took Digby to the height of 33 inches, Mr Patel decided the horse was too large to guide him around his office in Salford, Greater Manchester. He said the animal had become inconvenient because it would knock items off the shelf in supermarkets and couldn’t fit under his desk at work like a guide dog could.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––However, Digby’s special training will no longer go to waste as partially sighted Helena Hird, who works for the ONS in London, has decided he’s not too big for her. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Eventually, it will be on a national scale. Guide horses will have to be individually assessed and accredited,” she said.“When more people come forward who want to see guide horses working and recognise the benefits of them, it could work on a greater scale.” Ms Hird, 51, told The Telegraph that she wanted a horse to help her with a genetic sight condition, rather than a guide dog, because horses live for much longer. Unlike dogs, they can live for as long as 45 years.“I’ve grown up around horses, and they’re my default animal, if you like,” she said.  Digby, Helena (left) and trainer Kate Masteic at a London awards ceremony.Credit:Caters News Agency “You’ve got to be confident you can read an animal and understand it.“But above all, they have a lot longer life. If I could have one horse that could see me out, that would be great. Guide dogs work for about five to eight years, and they either retire with you or you have to give it away. “If I do the maths and work out how many dogs I could be getting through, that’s heartbreaking.”Digby’s new duties will include travelling on the Underground and navigating escalators for the first time. He could be on the streets of central London and in the ONS’ offices by next year.Digby has already been recognised for his work. Last month, he received a judges’ special award at the Amplifon 2018 Awards for Brave Britons and attended a ceremony at London’s Army and Navy Club in Mayfair.Katy Smith, who runs KL Pony Therapy in North Yorkshire, trained Digby from a foal to help the partially sighted in their daily lives. He can press the button at pedestrian crossings, find the opening in post boxes and lie down on command. Ms Smith hopes that one day ‘guide horses’ will be as popular as guide dogs.  PIC FROM Caters News - (PICTURED: Digby arriving at the awards in London, with Kate Masteic (right) and Helen Hird (left) ) - The UKs first guide horse was the mane attraction on the streets of the capital when he was treated to a big day out at a red carpet event before winning a top prize.Two-year-old Digby, a two foot tall American miniature horse, is in training to help a blind man scared of dogs cross roads, find post boxes and activate traffic lights.SEE CATERS COPY read more