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Spirits and barware with heritage and presence


Brooklyn-based Token combines American walnut, rift white oak, maple and ebonized oak to create a compelling marquetry design for this cabinet. Crafted using a centuries-old technique, deployed in contemporary geometric patterns and set upon a brass base, the piece evokes a midcentury-modern aesthetic. ($10,170) 347. 763.2942, tokennyc.com


The allure of Louis XIII cognac by Rémy Martin lies as much in its creation process as the end result. Each bottle takes a century to make: The product is a blend of 1,200 eaux de vie—the colorless distilled brandy from Grande Champagne grapes— some of which are more than 100 years old. No cellar master who begins a cask ever sees the end result, but shepherds the product along during his or her tenure in an almost ritualistic procedure. The ultimate taste: velvety flavors that slowly expand on the palate, ranging from cinnamon and spice to peach and orange. ($2,800) louisxiii-cognac.com


The Aultmore distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland has long been ranked as one of the best by master Scotch blenders—its single-malts blend beautifully and are often used to dress up top-shelf whiskies. Owned by Dewar’s, it now produces limited bottlings of its own. This 25-year-old expression departs from the big smoke bombs typically associated with high-priced Scotches. Instead, it’s delicately complex and buttery, with oral notes and hints of vanilla. ($410) aultmore.com


This premium Patrón is matured in American and French oak barrels, then distilled and set in vintage Bordeaux wine barrels. That last step—alluded to in its name, Burdeos (Spanish for Bordeaux)— adds a nutty and vanilla complexity to the smooth spirit. ($510) patrontequila.com


This classic piece has graced state dinners and banquets around the world, including those held at Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors, since 1928. Diamond, bevel, pearl and rim cuts, topped by a silver-plated cover, provide an Art Deco elegance that harkens back to the pre-Prohibition golden age of cocktails. (About $570) 855.240.9740, saint-louis.com


The French crystal maker is generally known for subtle and romantic designs, but resident designer Thomas Bastide has reimagined Baccarat’s classic Harcourt collection with a 1930s Art Deco aesthetic. The bold, flat lines and geometric base give these tumblers the appearance of ice cubes and a ruggedness that departs from traditional crystal ware. ($660 for set of 2) 800.215.1300, us.baccarat.com

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