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 Striking oil
In medieval Italy, Laudemio was the term used to denote the choicest fruits of the harvest reserved for the feudal lord. Frescobaldi Laudemio Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an elixir made from olives plucked out of a proprietary 300-hectare grove in October and pressed within 24 hours. The maker reports that the 2017 blend is slightly less spicy than previous years due to an exceptionally cold winter and sweltering summer. The result is a sublimely intense oil with the aroma of mown grass and artichoke. $47 for a 16-ounce bottle.
   Chocolate glow
Give it the boot
Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey comes in a flask-like bottle ergonomically designed to fit snugly around your calf in boots. Made from Texas corn and rainwater from its Hill Country, it’s aged three years in slow-growth Northern American oak. Master distiller Donnis Todd’s tasting notes: “Sparkling tawny burnt orange appearance. A clever sparkling effervescence. Beguiling nose of gun smoke and leather. Captivating malted milk balls and white chocolate taste, and an astonishing finish, rich with marzipan, dried cherries and apricot.” $35.
 Located on High Street in downtown West Chester, Éclat Chocolate is a destination for seekers of celestial caramels, blissful bars and rhapsody-inducing truffles. Master chocolatier Christopher Curtin travels to South America to buy beans from cacao farmers and has collaborated with such foodie icons as Anthony Bordain and Eric Ripert. Expect such flights of fancy as mondiants, Éclat’s riff on the mendicant, a chocolate disk studded with nuts and dried fruits representing the four monastic orders. This mondiant enrobes Shiraz ganache with dark chocolate. $41 for 16-piece signature assortment.
Pour it on
Runamok Maple is the Vermont-based producer of infused, smoked and barrel-aged maple syrups that are as compatible with cheeses and cocktails as they are with pancakes. Flavors include jasmine tea, cinnamon and vanilla, and ginger root. The smoked and Sugarmaker’s Cut syrups are fan favorites. Available at Country Butcher in Kennett Square and Wild Birds Unlimited in Glen Mills. $16.95.
The moo the merrier
Dry-aged beef is the caviar of cow, known for its enhanced flavor and extreme tenderness. The Omaha Steaks Dry-Aged Steakhouse Special pairs two 24-ounce bone-in ribeyes and four 14-ounce bone-in New York strips—each naturally aged for 60 days and artfully hand carved by master butchers. $349.
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