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  1. Since 1992, Montblanc has honored tastemakers from Augustus to Andrew Carnegie in its Patron of Art series of writing instruments. Now the German penmaker’s 2010 release, the Montblanc Patron of Art...
  2. The inspiration was rather esoteric: The Visconti Golden Man HRH ( +39.055.45652.31, www.visconti.it ) pays tribute to a significant archeological discovery made 42 years ago in Kazakh­stan. In a...
  3. Each year, the artisans of Graf von Faber-Castell produce a writing instrument using an unusual material, such as horsehair or satinwood. This year, for the company’s 250th anniversary, the Graf von...
  4. Muhammad Ali has always understood the value of words. In an interview before the boxing legend’s 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle," Ali taunted George Fore­man by saying, "If you even dream of beating me...
  5. If we gave an award for the cigar we would most like to smoke on the golf course, this would be the winner. The H. Upmann Sun Grown ( www.altadisusa.com , $6.25 to $7.75) is neither distracting nor...
  6. Generally, we are averse to selecting the same distillery for inclusion in our Best of the Best issue two years in a row, even when the whiskeys in question are dramatically different. Yet we cannot...
  7. Turning 40 can be a momentous occasion, especially at Glenfiddich, one of the few remaining family-owned distilleries in Scotland. This Speyside institution, founded by Wil­liam Grant in 1887, has...
  8. By law, cognac must be made in the Cognac region of France, but brandy can be produced anywhere—even in Ukiah, Calif., where 12th-generation distiller Miles Kara­kasevic makes an unusually complex...
  9. Its luxuriously thick bottle from Saverglass in Feuquières, France, and massive, Mayan-inspired gilded cap by jewelry designer Bill Wall both suggest to the uninitiated, even before their first sip,...
  10. Connoisseurs have long been familiar with Louis XIII, the Grande Champagne Cognac composed of 1,200 eaux-de-vie ranging in age from 40 to 100 years. However, even these cognoscenti will be pleasantly...

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