Hey gang, Valkor here. Last year, roughly about the same time, TOV began expanding its horizons into uncharted waters when we attended the Rand Luxury Event in NYC. Though many of the products showcased were High-End, a couple of the companies have paid the cave a visit such as Ploom with their PAX and ModelTwo products. Well we’re back and this time I brought along a new TOV hopeful (no code name given… yet) to check out some high-end tech, taste some delicious booze and treats and overall, just have a nice time. It’s TOV @ The Rand Luxury Event 2014.
Shout out to my main partner in crime G Wilcox over at Destroy All Fanboys. Though we didn’t catch each other until the tail end, it’s always fun hanging out dude.
This year’s event was much, much smaller than last year’s as everything was more spread out and traversing the layout was easier – even when the crowd started checking in. While there wasn’t much on hand, it’s still all about quality over quantity and what I was given the chance to experience is definitely worth sharing. Also if you want to know more about the company, just click on their name.
Double Cross Vodka – There’s no shame that my first stop was to get my buzz going. And Double Cross Vodka is quite possibly the smoothest vodka I’ve ever tasted; hardly any of that stinging sensation when taking that first sip, it goes down smooth either straight or mixed. On hand, they were serving up “The Perfect Pear” and it was worth multiple tasting. Double Cross Vodka is made with Tantra Mountain Spring Water and distilled 7 times, which gives it that smooth taste. And the bottle is absolutely breathtaking with its extra thick glass and etchings along the sides. A beautiful bottle and a delicious drink is the one-two combo I’ve been looking for.
McPherson Guitars – I thought my only experience with Guitars would have been when I attended the D’Angelico/GTR event earlier this year. And then McPherson walked into my life with their custom guitars crafted from the highest quality materiel, this is definitely for those who really have a passion for the instrument. I went a little ga-ga over the 1776 Guitar with the signing of the declaration of Independence at the head. But I had to take a step back at the 100k pricing. Hey I admit, I’m a little clumsy! But each piece on hand looked stunning and the one being demoed sounded amazing. And since they were right next to the Double Cross Vodka booth, I couldn’t have been more mellow.
Stag Leap Wine – straight from Napa valley, the company brought along a couple of their signature flavors – Artemis (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Karia (Chardonnay). Both tasted nice and while I have an affinity for reds, the Karia was the tastiest of the duet. It was smooth, crisp, and a little sweet in comparison to the Artemis, which is definitely what I enjoy.
Baron Tequila – The Rand Luxury Event has shown me that drinks I normally shy away from because of the intensity of the taste can actually be a smooth experience. Baron Tequila doesn’t have that strong bitter taste that I’ve experienced with other tequilas thanks to it being distilled three times over. And just like Double Cross, their drink is contained in a beautiful heavy glass container.
The Macallan – Switching gears from tequila to scotch, this was the drink that finally did me in for the night. And I don’t mean that in a bad way because The Macallan Scotch Whiskey was the finest scotch I’ve ever tasted… which isn’t saying much since I don’t drink scotch that often. Still, from this experience, this one was definitely quality stuff. On hand were three ages – 12, 15 and 18 year old Scotch, with a distinct taste different from the other, but all three were quite amazing.
Libratone – While the company was showing off several design of their high-end speaker product, the one that impressed the most (because it was actually on) was the Live. This wedge-like speaker a 2.1 all wrapped in wool with amazing sound quality and with nice bass levels – even within the open space area of the Metropolitan. Though my meeting was brief, the experience still resonates. And I look forward to Libratone paying a visit to the Val-Cave.
Rana Pastificio and Cucina – after all that dranking, a brother had to get some food intake. Thankfully I didn’t have to go very far as the company – Rana Pastificio and Cucina were serving up heaping helpings of tortellini pasta. And anyone who sampled their wares, walked away with a bag full of pasta goodies. As I write this up I’m enjoying the ravioli in alfredo sauce. If you’re in the area, head on over to 75 9th avenue and show Rana and her crew some love, because just from this small sampling, I’m ready to go the full-monty with the entire menu.
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