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The Japanese dominance of the once exclusively Scottish single malt industry just goes to show that imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery. Now, Niflheim Artic Single Malt Whisky boasts its creation from world’s northernmost distillery at the base of the Lyngen Alps, 69th parallel north. Named after “the world of fog” (one of the nine worlds in Norse mythology), Nifheim uses Nordic barley and glacial meltwater to set itself apart from traditional whiskies, and then it’s aged in sherry, bourbon, and virgin casks located in an old NATO Cold War underground vault. The nose imparts hints of toasted nuts and dried fruit, along with a woody mid-palate with a wonderfully long sweet and spicy finish. Sadly, they’re all sold out right now, but they’re prepping for a bigger release, so more of the world can experience its uniqueness.


While you can go all MacGyver and shuck oysters with a screwdriver or other household tool, we highly recommend you invest in a good oyster knife. Why? Well, for starters, it’s safer. The best oyster doesn’t taste so hot when you’ve got something sharp stuck in your palm. Secondly, it makes the process easier and a bit more refined. Laguiole is an iconic name in knife making and the French brand has you covered when it comes to shucking thanks to the Laguiole Oyster Knife. Made of 420 stainless steel and complete with a wood handle, the Oyster Knife measures 6 ¼” and makes easy work of even the toughest shell. You just need to supply the cocktail sauce.