Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.
The Most Expensive Cracker in the World
I’ll admit it; before reading about this, it hadn’t occurred to me that any combination of circumstances could lead a single cracker to command a purchase price of over $20,000. It isn’t that, having seen wedges of centuries-old wedding cake fetch staggering sums at auctions, I didn’t believe such a thing could happen. It’s that I literally had never given the matter a moment’s thought, perhaps because of the cracker’s typically uncelebrated status relative to things like wedding cake. The cracker that recently fetched $23,000 has something unique going for it, though: it’s a surviving article from the Titanic, described by its auction house as the only remaining Titanic lifeboat cracker in the world. Owed to its being more than a century old and to its only ingredients being water and flour, it does not sound like a particularly tasty acquisition, but what it lacks in digestibility, it makes up for in historical relevance.
Via Grub Street
The Scottish Samurai, You Say?
Scotland’s Adelphi Distillery has released a first: malt whisky blended from liquid produced in Scotland and Japan. Named after 19th century industrialist Thomas Blake Glover (who was known as the “Scottish Samurai”), was produced in 22-year-old and 14-year-old bottlings, limited to runs of 390 and 1,500 bottles respectively. As if that weren’t interesting enough, to complete the flavor palette, a drop of whisky from Glen Garioch Distillery was added to the blend as an homage to Glover’s home in Fraserburgh. Both will be available starting next month, making November a great time to be a whisky lover.
It’s Spaaaaace Vodka!
Outer Space Vodka is not so-named because it’s produced offworld. It’s made right here on Earth, and sold in a bottle that’s shaped like the head of a space alien. Its name references outer space because it is filtered through meteorites that are claimed to be more than 4 billion years old. Personally, I’d be all for eschewing all the pumpkin-laced food and drink that explodes onto the market every Autumn, and replacing them with a glut of assorted meteorite-filtered booze. Somebody’s gotta take latte down a peg…
Pick Your Poison (of Approximately 50 Available Varieties)
So this is interesting: PicoBrew Pico is a machine (set to drop in Spring of 2016, according to its Kickstarter page) lets you craft more than 50 craft beers from all over the world, and even lets you customize the blends. Pre-packaged ingredients and a fully-automatic brewing system means you’ll never be without clones of craft beers to which geography would otherwise deny you easy access. Some would say that’s called ‘Livin’ the dream’… [Video courtesy of PicoBrew YouTube channel]
Via First We Feast