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October 2014

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october 2014  /  the tasting panel  /  45 Haown It's a mini-Marketplace—the Haown edition! Here are a few of our favorite spky sips this month, with a gue feature from THE TASTING PANEL'S editrix extraordinaire, Meridith May! Boutique Liqueur Business for Sale Swt, Salty and Sticky Candy's fine and dandy for kids on Halloween, but for a sweet treat with a distinctively grown-up taste, Marketplace is obsessed with Olive & Sinclair Sea Salt & Vinegar Caramels' addictive, flavor-bursting awesome- ness. While salted caramel has been making waves as the dessert taste du jour, these cellophane-wrapped morsels deliver an added level of complexity from a not-quite- puckering sour vinegar finish. Part sweet, part tart—we gotta say, we love these with all our heart. Publisher's Picks: Haown Edition! Voodoo Spiced Rum Infused with Hemp, U.S. Virgin Islands ($18) Vanilla cola notes persist on the nose, pleasant and inviting. Exotic spices and toasted cedar warm the palate. This 92-proof spirit is distilled from black strap molasses and aged in American whiskey barrels, offering up sweet and spicy, simultaneously. 89 TI BEVERAGE GROUP Drink Ink Channeling the depths of the ocean and with a jolly, pirate-y label, Black Ink is another one of those Millennial- approved, attractively priced (SRP $9.99) sippers that's sure to be a hit this Halloween. This juicy red California blend is also keenly food- and palate-friendly, offering deep notes of blackberry and juicy ripe fruit that will take you to great depths of flavor. With a cool capsule topped with an über-cool deep sea squid, this sipper is the perfect accompaniment to your Halloween hijinks.

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