From EDC to watches to style to motorcycles to bourbon and everything in between, the Cool Material team covered a lot of ground in 2022. The products we recommended and the topics we explored all make it easier for a guy to enjoy a more full life. But there are some topics that our readers were especially interested in over the year: There was a seemingly never ending thirst for all things for bourbon.
These are the 10 most popular new lists, guides, and features published on Cool Material in 2022 that are worth a read if you missed them the first time around (or a reread even if you did catch them when they came out).
It’s possible to find excellent bourbons in the $30 to $50 price range. Additionally, there are some expensive bourbons that are worth the price. This list explores both sides of the spectrum.Read More
Drinking bourbon neat, or without any mixers or other flavors added, allows the full range of aromas and flavors to be experienced. While the best bourbons for drinking neat are often those higher priced bottles with nuanced flavor profiles, affordable options can also be found.Read More
Readers proved to be just as interested in whiskeys to drink on ice as they were the best whiskeys to drink neat. These picks hold their own against a rock or two and stand up to dilution without losing out on flavor.Read More
While Kentucky is a center of bourbon production, it’s not the only place where bourbon is made. That’s led to a wide variety of price points, flavor profiles, and interpretations of America’s spirit. In fact, it’s safe to say there’s a bourbon for just about any person and any occasion.Read More
While some may argue that there is a "right" way to drink whiskey, it is ultimately a matter of personal preference and what brings enjoyment to the experience. These four popular methods are simply options to consider if you want to experience the positive elements already present in your whiskey in different ways.Read More
There’s a wide variety of EDC knife options available, and it can be overwhelming to choose from the numerous pocket knife brands, blade styles, shapes, and knife-making terminology. Many come at a high cost. However, there are still affordable options for those looking for a quality budget EDC knife for $30 or under.Read More
The Margarita is one of the most beloved classic cocktails. And while the original recipe is balanced and hard to beat, there are some variations on there that every self respecting home cocktail maker should know, whether it’s to beat the heat or just make it feel like summer in the middle of winter.Read More
Certain bourbons have gained a lot of attention from collectors, speculators, and others who drive up the price of special bottles while having no intention of actually opening said whiskey. Fortunately, there are still many excellent options for bourbon that are widely available and can be enjoyed without the drama.Read More
There’s a time and place for sleek, ultra-fast motorcycles. But when you want to hit the open road for long stretches of time, nothing compares to the best touring motorcycles. These picks all have the right rider configuration, large gas tank, displacement engine, and cargo capacity to make road trips not only possible, but downright enjoyable.Read More