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Rats! When whiskey isn’t exactly as advertised

Pick your poison just took on a whole new meaning. A Massachusetts man recently found himself in hospital after opening one of several “antique” bottles of “whiskey” he scored in an online auction, the Daily Mail reports. His throat and hands started burning, and wouldn’t you know it—the bottle contained strychnine, or rat poison.

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Meet me in Kentucky Credit: Matthew McConaughey

Wild at heart: Matthew McConaughey’s other creative outlet

All right, all right, all right. Matthew McConaughey brought us eternal adolescent David Wooderson in Dazed and Confused, chest-thumping banker Mark Hanna in The Wolf of Wall Street—and now, stoner poet Moondog in The Beach Bum. He’s also been busy making whiskey with Wild Turkey Distillery.

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A virtual Jack of all trades Credit: Tactic

Out-of-bottle experience

Stateside, Jack Daniel’s has turned to augmented reality to sex up its product. Thanks to AR developer Tactic, the Tennessee Whiskey label now doubles as a pop-out book about the legendary distiller, Jeremy Horowitz of Venture Beat relates. All you need is the free smartphone or tablet app—and a bottle of Jack.  

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Sipping point: 8 whiskey glasses put to the test

Not all whiskey glasses are created equal. Just ask Inverse’s Laurence Shanet, who gives eight of them a workout. Shanet starts with the tulip-shaped Glencairn Glass, a go-to vessel for distillers everywhere. His verdict: “This thing really works. Of all the glasses, the Glencairn’s narrow opening concentrated the smells, flavors and alcohol of our sample whiskies the most.”

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