*notcot - 11.23.08 , 13:09 - 2 Notes

(ri)1

rimain.jpgBeam Global Spirits and Wine, Inc., redefines rye with company’s first ultra-premium rye whiskey - (rī)1 Whiskey Brings Cocktail Style and Straightforward Sophistication to Traditional Rye Whiskey Category”, and you’ve got to admit, it is a seriously un-whiskey looking designer bottle… and even more stunning is the acrylic box they sent it over encased in along with a glass and the coolest stirrer/stirrer placement i have ever seen. Using the transparency of the styrofoam slit to turn the plastic stirrer into what appeared to be a floating droplet of (rī)1 when you slide open the box… so awesome!

(rī)1 - pronounced Rye-One - is certainly making waves in what has been a rather traditional genre, and the flavor is incredible… the spiciness really hits you upside the head (i decided i’d try it neat first and not read the tasting notes until after, so i didn’t see it coming)… it was refreshing and fascinating with a cube of ice, really opening up the flavors - you have to try it!

As the press release describes: “Bottled at 92 proof, (rī)1 features a light, slightly spicy flavor and a long, luxurious finish. Straight, the nose offers a gentle, peppery nod to its rye heritage. Cut with water, the scents of dried fruit and cinnamon push to the front, providing a rich palate experience.” Also exciting… “Future variants, including (rī)2 and (rī)3, are planned to create a complete product line.” Can’t wait to see what those flavors are like! But for now, you have to check out the incredible acrylic box of goodies - i’ve been trying to figure out what else it can be used for, and first idea is… light box? See all the pics on the next page!

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*notcot - 11.19.08 , 23:30 - 7 Notes

Ococoa

choc1.jpg Oacoca ~ remember the recent .org post #16193? It came across my email and totally had me craving chocolate when i posted it that night ~ and a box came today, so to follow up, you have to see how cute this “indulgence worthy of the guilt” really is… and i liked the packaging, and insulated giant silver ziploc with reusable icepack inside… So check out pics of these deliciously decadent upgrades on the usual peanut butter cup…

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*notcot - 11.05.08 , 11:23 -

Boarding Pass Shiraz 2005

boardingpass1.jpg While i was in Tuscon, i picked up this bottle ~ yes, it was a total impulse buy based on packaging, but it had to be documented! And it didn’t taste tooooo bad, but not exactly stellar, but how cute is it?

So this post is really all about the packaging of this adorable Boarding Pass Shiraz 2005 from South Australia by R Wines and distributed by the very playful Grateful Palate Imports. Check out more pics on the next page for closeups of the fonts and diagrams!

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*notcot - 11.03.08 , 12:34 - 1 Notes

Liqurious Drink Concoctions

drinks.jpgRecently, i showed you our first Liqurious recipe inspired by Rachel’s Yogurt, Bee Cool, and promised you there were two more to come! Well, here they are!

Inspired by Rachel’s Yogurt flavors, here are - Sweet Summer Revival inspired by Revive (Peach Green Tea) and White Flower Bramble inspired by Glow (Berry Jasmine), and concocted by the fabulous Anita (yup, Married with Dinner, Anita who’s been working on Liqurious with us!) ~ So check out the recipes and how gorgeous pics of some of the key ingredients on the next page!

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*notcot - 10.19.08 , 23:35 - 2 Notes

Liqurious: Bee Cool

rachels0.jpgSo i’m sure by now you’ve seen some of the many Rachel’s Yogurt ads we’ve had running on the sites… this is going to sound bizarre, but initially i thought it was crazy that a yogurt company wanted to work with NOTCOT… i actually told them that maybe after seeing/tasting it i’d consider it… and then three boxes of yogurt showed up… yes, 36 little tubs of yogurt… that’s like a fridge full! Long story short, the packaging was gorgeous (handwriting on black? love the style)… i am actually still buying the Calm “Lavender Plum Honey” flavor… and as you can see the ads look so pretty and so NOTCOT!

On a really random sidetrack, when joking around with one of our FM sales guys about Rachel’s we were so amused that a yogurt company would have Cocktail recipes on their site (their Yogatini cracked me up!), and somehow it turned into a silly dare about how Liqurious should have yogurt inspired recipes… i passed the dare on to the amazing Anita Crotty (of Married with Dinner fame) ~ and low an behold, she came up with three delicious and beautiful drink recipes! Turns our Rachel’s legal team wasn’t ready to add our drinks to their site, and after all the fun we had, i’ve decided to share them with you anyhow! Anita takes the prettiest pictures of drinks, and the ingredients that go into them! So for today, i wanted to kick off Monday with Bee Cool. See more pics and the drink recipe on the next page!

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*notcot - 10.04.08 , 17:32 - 108 Notes

Crystal Head Vodka - It’s REAL!

crystalhead.jpgThe internet is a buzz with rumors on the latest “viral” video of Dan Aykroyd showing us his new Crystal Head Vodka in a gorgeous glass skull. Rumors include this being a video for the new Ghostbusters or some Indiana Jones… but i guess lesson to be learned here is ~ just because it’s going viral, doesn’t mean it’s not real!

I actually bought a few bottles today ~ lots of pics on the next page! Not the smooooothest thing i’ve tasted, but it’s not bad, and i’m totally in love with the glass skull bottle made by Bruni Glass in Milan, Italy. Apparently it is made by Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd, out of Newfoundland water triple crystal filtered through herkimer diamonds (aka double-terminated quartz crystals)! Really the story is just great though, and the video and bottle make the experience priceless ~ here are excerpts from the box: “In reverence of those enlightened after touching any of the thirteen crystal heads unearthed around our globe we offer this pure spirit”… “One of the most compelling archeological mysteries is the story of the 13 Crystal Heads. These heads are believed to be between 5,000 and 35,000 years old and were carved over a period of several hundred years but without any tool marks. In fact their very construction defies the laws of physics and common logic. They are believed to offer spiritual power to those who hold or possess them.”

See the pictures of the real thing and the video on the next page!

UPDATE: Dan did some crazy internet researching for us and here are some fun facts: Dan Aykroyd is not only an actor, but co-founder of the House of Blues, part owner of Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd (which distributes Patron in Canada), and is building his own winery, Dan Aykroyd Wines (which uses 100% snob free grapes!). There is a great interview with him on delish before the vodka release where he exposes how serious he is about wine, Crystal Skulls, UFOs, and “pure spirit from Newfoundland glacial pool water, and peaches and cream corn mash”!

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*notcot - 09.12.08 , 12:30 - 0 Notes

Liqurious Happy Hour!

liqurious #1107 liqurious #1141 liqurious #1129 liqurious #1115 liqurious #1102 liqurious #1110 liqurious #1112 liqurious #1157 liqurious #1146 liqurious #1150 liqurious #1114 liqurious #1101 liqurious #1116 liqurious #1154 liqurious #1099 liqurious #1145 liqurious #1100 liqurious #1105 liqurious #1109 liqurious #1120 liqurious #1160 liqurious #1153 liqurious #1172 liqurious #1119 liqurious #1143Wow, can you believe it’s friday already? So here’s this week’s Liqurious Happy Hour to kick off your weekend! As you know, click the pics to find out more about each post!

*notcot - 09.08.08 , 12:09 - 2 Notes

Pipette Oil & Vinegar Bottles

soy.jpgAlso found at Maison et Objet - designed by Camilla Kropp for Design House Stockholm, this set of Pipette Oil & Vinegar Bottles calls to the mad scientist in all of us… regardless of whether we’re in the kitchen, in the lab, or simply in our heads. And who says these bottles can only be used for oil and vinegar, they work just as well for soy sauce, chili oil, sugar water…….. in fact seeing these gets me thinking, you could even use these in your lab…. or your labware in your kitchen? But unlikely its as gorgeously designed as this! Really what it comes down to is that there is no longer an excuse for imprecision! (Although i’m not clear on whether there are actual measurement marks on the pipettes.) See a close up on the next page!

Merci beaucoup, Veuve Clicquot ~ who loves design as much as we do, and brought me to Paris to cover Maison et Objet 2008! More design discoveries to come…

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Alessi Miniatures

alessimini.jpgWandering past the Alessi store on my block, i stopped and did a double take as i saw the Alessi Miniatures ~ particularly the “juicy salif” miniature citrus-squeezer by philippe starck for alessi from 1990… Honestly, of all of them, it seemed the most usable… can’t you just imagine using it to fresh squeeze some mini kumquat juice into a shot glass for some designer shots? While i’d heard about these, the images online (see next page) really don’t do them justice, it’s seeing it next to the original that makes it that much more fun! And at a mere 2” x 1.8” - h 4.5”, it could even make for an adorable christmas tree ornament!

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*notcot - 09.07.08 , 11:07 - 1 Notes

Barbara Carafe by Nina Jobs

carafeballmain.jpgDesign House Stockholm has been one of my favorite design companies for some time now, and i was absolutely giddy to meet the people as well as the full series of products in person finally! More to come on the booth itself, but there were a few stand out products they’ve added to their collection that deserve features of their owns! Here is the one product i fell in love with as soon as i started playing with it (consider this on my birthday wishlist!)…

The Barbara Carafe by Nina Jobs for Design House Stockholm ~ is a brilliant experience… the glass carafe comes with an option of Amythest, Black, Clear crystal balls, which has a subtly ground surface, so it won’t roll away… the crystal balls can serve as a top for the carafe, add more intrigue and/or a splash of color when hidden in the nest of a bubble in the base of the carafe, or as merely another playful tactile aspect to the carafe experience. And what could they possibly do to make such a gorgeous design better? Have it come in a gorgeous matte black gift box that sort of resembles a hat box… so when purchased you don’t even have to worry the unboxing experience! See more images of the Barbara Carafe by Nina Jobs for Design House Stockholm on the next page, including hands on pics from Maison et Objet.

Merci beaucoup, Veuve Clicquot ~ who loves design as much as we do, and brought me to Paris to cover Maison et Objet 2008! More design discoveries to come…

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*notcot - , 09:51 - 3 Notes

Carafe Un Verre, Sentou

carafe.jpgCarafe Un Verre from Sentou by Claudio Colucci. First time seeing this gorgeous handblown carafe in person, it’s even nicer than i expected. Although designed in 2001, Sentou is apparently re-releasing the piece, and has improved the production of it. The design magically embodies the wine glass within the carafe, which creates an interesting visual depending on how you fill it and what you fill it with… if you’re careful, could be fun to fill the glass with one liquid, and the main with the other…. shake to mix before pouring? See more images, especially ones of it at Maison et Objet on the next page!

Merci beaucoup, Veuve Clicquot ~ who loves design as much as we do, and brought me to Paris to cover Maison et Objet 2008! More design discoveries to come…

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*notcot - 09.05.08 , 19:27 - 0 Notes

Liqurious Happy Hour!

liqurious #1044 liqurious #1050 liqurious #1070 liqurious #1042 liqurious #1045 liqurious #1043 liqurious #1038 liqurious #1051 liqurious #1037 liqurious #1047 liqurious #1068 liqurious #1079 liqurious #1039 liqurious #1057 liqurious #1053 liqurious #1040 liqurious #1041 liqurious #1048 liqurious #1059 liqurious #1067 liqurious #1054 liqurious #1055 liqurious #1061 liqurious #1049 liqurious #1060Liqurious Happy Hour time! You know the drill ~ click the pics to find out more about what people were loving this week…. In a bit of a haze right now, jetlag has been having me mentally all over the place!

*notcot - 09.03.08 , 17:49 - 7 Notes

Veuve Clicquot + Porsche Design Ice Cube

icecube1.jpgOver lunch at Madame Clicquot’s Country House, Andrea Crippa, Directeur Marketing & RP International for Veuve Clicquot, gave us a first look at a prototype of their latest design collaboration with Porsche Design which is said to launch in 2009.

Here is your first look at the Veuve Clicquot Ice Cube. “PRESS. CHILL. SHARE.” This is the ice bucket you want the next time you’re stuck in the middle of a desert with good friends and a bottle of champagne… While it looks like a mere ice bucket in the classic Veuve color at first… once you pop the top, you will find two specially designed champagne flutes and two buttons. Now the magic about this design is the technology ~ after 5 years of r&d ~ Veuve Clicquot has developed a system that will instantly cool a bottle of champagne in around 20 minutes, and keep it at the perfect chilled temp for 4 hours… The cooling core can be used twice (or for 8 hours in one go) - and after that you can use the bucket the old fashioned way by filling it with ice! It is currently unclear whether there may be options to buy refill cores to futher use the instant cooling system that draws heat out of the bottles and into a heating stone… perhaps they’ll even get creative and devise some other options to insert into this nice simple ice bucket. See the next page for pics of the prototype and packaging.

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How beautiful are these tiles? I needed a good excuse to share them, and they were such a nice contrast to the bright ice cube, i couldn’t resist being that girl that sat on the floor shooting pictures of a prototype while the others had coffee.

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*notcot - 09.02.08 , 22:32 - 2 Notes

Veuve Clicquot - the food!

veuvefood0.jpgSo, in the last post you had a chance to see the incredible boat and views and the Riva/Veuve Clicquot collaboration, but what did they serve us? Here is a walk through with pics of the menu to explain all of the deliciousness served… from the Crab tasting in gazpacho juice, to the Morels in asparagus cream and beef consomme with a lobster medalion, to Veal filet mignon with truffles, potatos mousseline with truffles and baby onions, served with a spicy juice, to the two desserts - wild strawberries in a small cookie with a red berry ice cream macaroon, and a hazelnut in a caramel and dacquoise ice cream……. to the cigars and cognac that finished off quite a spectacular culinary feast and quite the introduction to the playful leisure loving Veuve Clicquot lifestyle… So feast with your eyes on the next page!

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*notcot - 08.29.08 , 15:59 - 0 Notes

Liqurious Happy Hour!

liqurious #976 liqurious #978 liqurious #984 liqurious #988 liqurious #975 liqurious #980 liqurious #987 liqurious #979 liqurious #985 liqurious #991 liqurious #983 liqurious #986 liqurious #989 liqurious #981 liqurious #990 liqurious #977 liqurious #982 liqurious #994 liqurious #1006 liqurious #995 liqurious #1001 liqurious #1013 liqurious #1015 liqurious #1000 liqurious #996Can you believe its Friday already? Well, here’s to Friday afternoon (of a long weekend for the americans) ~ and to kick it off, here’s your digital dose of happy hour, rounded up from what was sipped at Liqurious this week! Click those images to find out more info! Chin chin!

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