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Hearing the word “sample” conjures up images of Costco aisles and ladies serving up free pizza rolls and other oven toasted snacks around each turn. While those samples are delicious and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t on occasion make the trip just for a free lunch (thank you fake mustache) they pale in comparison to these samples from Master of Malt.  While certainly not free, they allow us to try out whiskey’s we wouldn’t normally be able to shell out the cash for.  Even a thimble of some top of the line Ardberg is better than a case of bottom shelf swill and now you can have some.  Ranging from $3 up to $130 (good luck explaining that purchase to your wife or girlfriend) each sample is 3cl (30ml) of whiskey on your “To Drink” list.

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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.