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The Find: November 2011 Edition

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HOOD RIVER’S NEW PENDLETON 1910 KNOWS ITS WAY AROUND THE RODEO

Pendleton Whisky—the official spirit of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association—has launched Pendleton 1910, a rare 100% Canadian rye whisky set apart by its 12-year aging process. Ronald Dodge, president and CEO of Hood River Distillers, calls the spirit exceptionally fullbodied yet smooth. The unique package features the famous Pendleton Round-Up bucking horse and is embossed around the entire bottle with detailing reminiscent of the tooling on a saddle. Design firm Flowdesign also utilized neck and shoulder shapes from the core brand, but with a taller bottle. SRP: $39.95

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STILL SMOKY, MORE OAKY: LAPHROAIG LAUNCHES TRIPLE WOOD

On the heels of the successful Quarter Cask,Laphroaig is releasing its new Triple Wood expression, another darker and richer departure from the brand’s classic peaty signature taste profile. For Triple Wood, the whisky follows the same process as Quarter Cask (after years of aging in used bourbon barrels, the whisky is finished for eight months in small casks, which results in more oaky sweet flavors), but is then put in Oloroso Sherry casks for an additional two years. “It harkens back to the early 1900s, pre- Prohibition whisky production in Scotland,” says Simon Brooking, Laphroaig’s brand ambassador. Triple Wood is a rounder, slightly sweeter and more approachable whisky; easier to enjoy for those not familiar with Islay whiskies. SRP: $60

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DOUBLE CROSS VODKA: DOUBLE GOOD

Vodka shelves are crowded, no doubt. Double Cross stands apart for both what’s in the bottle and the bottle itself. Distilled under the direction of master distiller Jan Krak in a 13th-century village located in the Tatra Mountains of Slovakia, each batch is seven-times distilled and seven-times filtered. Available for the holidays in a special gift pack with two logo glasses for SRP $39.99.

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VODKA’S NEW GOLD STANDARD (FROM RUSSIA, OF COURSE)

Russian Standard Vodka, Russia’s leading premium vodka brand, has launched Russian Standard Gold in the U.S. Naturally it features dramatic packaging—sporting embossed gold foil and housed in an upright gift box—but the vodka itself is also distinguished, featuring hints of spice, vanilla and cinnamon that make it best consumed neat, as a chilled shot or on the rocks. Distilled and bottled at the company’s state-of-the-art facility in St. Petersburg, Russian Standard Gold is made with hand-selected Russian winter wheat and a touch of ginseng; inspired by the recipe developed by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, inventor of the periodic table of elements. It is also four-times distilled and charcoal-filtered for smoothness and purity. SRP $45

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CYRUS NOBLE: GOLD RUSH REDUX

Cyrus Noble was a favorite bourbon of miners and mayors during the boom years of California’s Gold Rush. More than 140 years after its introduction, San Francisco-based Haas Brothers has revived Cyrus Noble for a new generation of bourbon enthusiasts. The libation was named after a prosperous distiller-turned-icon who fell into a vat of his own whiskey. The reincarnation is a 90-proof bourbon aged five years in American white oak barrels. SRP: $25.99

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