Yesterday we reported on an auction currently underway to help offset the medical costs Ciara Allan, a young lady currently battling brain tumors and cysts with great courage. We’re quite pleased to report that as of this morning, the bid stands at a little over $17,600. Should you be interested in placing a bid for this exceptional collection of Islay (and one Jura) malts, click here.
Elsewhere, our fearless leader Christopher Null breaks down the science of Champagne, and recommends four alternatives to the same old bubbly stuff people bring to holiday parties. [The Daily]
Angel’s Envy has announced the arrival of its latest expression: a full on cask strength edition of the original, inaugural whiskey. The Port-finished bourbon is available in a limited bottling of 600 and in select states for $150. Review up shortly! [Angel’s Envy]
Celebrity Brand Launch Of The Week: This week we learn that rap artist-turned-reality star-turned-internet sensation Xzibit will be celebrating the launch of his tequila, Bonita Platinum on December 15th and 16th in Phoenix, Arizona. Fans of the walking meme will no doubt be pleased to have their photo taken alongside him, as well as sample the custom drink “The Bonitarita.” [PR Web]
In other ultra-premium tequila news: Tequila.net announced its annual best-of 2012 award winners, and we’re thrilled to see that out of 247 expressions entered into the contest, 94 were winners! Congrats to the 38 percent of you considered “best of the best.” [Tequila.Net]
And finally in a slideshow that feels as if it were made just for Reads, The Drinks Business takes a crack at listing the top 10 weirdest flavored vodkas readily available for consumption, should there be absolutely nothing else left in the house. [Drinks Business]
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