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RABBIT HOLE KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON • $55 It’s hard to believe that this bourbon—a four-grain mash of corn, malted barley, malted honey barley, and malted wheat—is only two years old. In addition to ex- pert handling, I suppose Kelvin Cooperage barrels and the clever use of malt- ed honey barley deserve a fair share of the credit for this spicy toddler’s lovely sweetness and an age on the tongue that belies its young years. This babe was a pleasant surprise. I’m keeping my eye on this distillery, and I look forward to tasting this juice when it graduates from wood to kindergarten. INNA PICKLED BLACK MISSION FIGS • $13.50 I’m mad for these figs! If you can hold off on eating the whole jar at once, the fig halves make a refreshing change from the expected cherry in cocktails. Yes, they are “pickled,” but they’re done so without salt, and the acidity is very pleasant. I’d order INNA’s Black Mission Fig Shrub as well, since you’re likely to drain your Pickled Black Mission Fig jar of its juice making cocktails, as I did. They’re both limited releases, so don‘t wait! CRUDE “POOTER” SMOKE & SALT BITTERS • $12 Something about Pooter whispered “hellfire and brimstone,” and I just couldn’t resist including them. Pooter’s woody (not peaty) smoke comes from Lapsang Souchong, black cardamom, and smoked sorghum, and its faint salinity from Outer Banks sea salt. Add a bit of Islay to whiskey or some smolder to unaged spirits with just a few drops. Crude founder Craig Rudewicz also recom- mends adding Pooter to grapefruit soda, Palomas, and even plain seltzer. © Hundred-to-One LLC 2017. All rights reserved.