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This undated photo provided by Craig S. Kaplan shows the Rocket Espresso Cup, designed by Craig S. Kaplan and available at Shapeways.com. Consider a coffee-themed gift this holiday season to please your java-heads. (Craig S. Kaplan via AP)

NOT YOUR AVERAGE TO-GO CUP: A coffee lover AND a tech nerd’s dream come true is rolled into the Ember coffee mug. Smart technology allows it to rapidly cool down your liquid to your desired temperature for up to two hours on the go or hours more when placed on its special coaster. Sleek, black design. Holds 12 ounces. The creation of entrepreneur and coffee lover Clayton Alexander and his Ember team. On pre-order in November. Embertech.com. $149.95.


FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, one of Otto's self-driving, big-rig trucks leaves the garage for a test drive during a demonstration at the Otto headquarters in San Francisco. Anheuser-Busch announced on Oct. 25, 2016, that it teamed up with Otto for a 120-plus mile beer delivery that marked the world's first by a self-driving truck. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

The company says it teamed with self-driving truck maker, Otto, and the state of Colorado for the feat. The trailer, loaded with Budweiser beer, began the self-driving trip at a weigh station in Fort Collins, Colorado, and ran along Interstate 25 through Denver before wrapping up in Colorado Springs.


Angel's Envy Kentucky straight bourbon on Monday July 18, 2016..
Photo by Carl Glenn Payne/Aurora Sentinel

But rye deserves better. With it’s floral notes, spicy first pass across the palette and perfumed aroma, rye’s complexities mean it’s never dull.

In a whiskey scene increasingly populated with dorm-room dreck filled with cinnamon or honey or apples, rye stands out as a truly different sort of whiskey. That built-in complexity has rye not only gaining in popularity among cocktail aficionados, but among distillers who realize that those layers of flavor offer them a chance to get a little weird.