Pushing tins of the Hebrides’ finest Credit: Larkfire
Pushing tins of the Hebrides’ finest
Credit: Larkfire

Canned answer? Wild whiskey water and a clear-ice machine 

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Science has shown that whiskey can taste better with water, but will any old drop from a tap or bottle do? Not according to Larkfire, a U.K. outfit launched by two whiskey fans that will start selling cans of “wild water” this fall.

Claiming that tap and bottled are too heavy on chlorine, fluoride and minerals, the company sources its liquid from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s remote, rain-swept Outer Hebrides. The pitch: Lewis is home to some of the world’s oldest rock, which is also metamorphic and insoluble, making the local water soft and almost mineral-free. Adding Larkfire to your dram will reveal complexities that no ordinary water, uh, can—or so they claim. 

The hottest thing in ice-making Credit: FirstBuild
The hottest thing in ice-making
Credit: FirstBuild

They’ve got balls, we’ll give them that

Moving on to another First World problem, don’t you hate it when your ice isn’t crystal-clear? Wince no more, friend. FirstBuild, a startup backed by GE Appliances, is taking crowdfunding pre-orders for its Forge Clear Ice System. Judging from the look of this countertop unit, The Sharper Image must be kicking itself.

Shilling for Forge is spirits author Fred Minnick, who calls its slow-melting ice globes a game changer. “It gives you a refreshing feel, but it’s not altering the whiskey in a bad way,” he insists. “And one of the best parts is, a big old sphere in your glass makes a heck of a conversation starter.” If you say so, Fred.

Get in on the ground floor, and a setup that will fetch $1,500 retail can be yours for just $1,200, including ice maker, heated ice press and tongs. Operators are standing by.🥃 

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