There comes a point in a man's life when swigging whisky from a bottle is considered 'not ok', and yet swigging from a hip flask is not just 'ok' - but actively encouraged. If you've reached that stage of sophistication you'll be interested in Macallan's new hip flask. Simply entitled 'The Flask' it's been created in partnership with luxury sungoggle experts Oakley, and is specifically engineered not just to transport a fine malt but to enhance its flavour. Constructed from aircraft-grade aluminium and carbon fibre, The Flask features a non-slip rubberised bottom and a laser-cut inner. It's fair to say that had Seal Team 6 celebrated the neutralisation of Osama Bin Laden with a fine single malt, The Flask is exactly the kind of hardware they'd have reached for.
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Ever found yourself smashing a particularly stubborn bag of ice against the corner of a granite worktop, in the hope of freeing a few chunks for your G&T? As is often the case, the Japanese have invented a gadget to ease this predicament. The Japanese Ice Pick can be used to break apart ice cubes or chip a chunk off a block. We'd also recommend carving your guests initials into their ice to prevent awkward mix ups.
£45 | www.williams-sonoma.com
What man wouldn't want to step into Don Draper's shoes? Girls, whisky, cigarettes... and that's before breakfast. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook contains classic recipes from the show: Steak Tartar, Waldorf Salad, Nut Bread, Cherry Cheesecake and more. Much like the show, it also contains a lot booze. Or to be precise, cocktail recipes - broken down by episode. For instance, when Peggy Olsen celebrates her first major copywriting success in P.J. Clarke's, the book not only provides a brief history of Clarke's infamous New York establishment but the recipe for his equally infamous Vesper Martini, too.
£10 | www.amazon.co.uk
Saint Valentines: the only day of the year when it's deemed acceptable for men to drink pink champagne. To that end, we'd like to recommend you pick up a bottle of Billecart-Salmon's Brut Rosé this evening (an insanely reasonable £60). Or, better still, Billecart-Salmon's Vintage 2004 Extra Brut Champagne decanter set (pictured). The practice of decanting champagne may sound pervese, but there are a couple of good reasons to do it. Firstly, aerating champage - even for a few minutes - develops subtler aromas. Secondly, removing around 15% of the bubbles softens the 'aggressive' fizz, allowing one to comfortably drink champagne with a meal. (Mr Outre's tip: keep the decanter in an ice bucket or, better still, chill it in the fridge beforehand).
£150 | www.harrods.com
Anything to declare? Er, 38 bottles of cognac... Yes it's fair to say that getting Pinel & Pinel's bespoke Martell Trunk through customs would be taxing in more ways that one. Aside from showcasing Martell's entire range of cognac, it features 28 showpiece blends (the smaller bottles) created by Martell's cellar master, Benoît Fil. Standing 2m high, each trunk (there are currently 'only' 10 in the world) takes 10 craftsmen 1,000 hours to complete. Still, that's hardly surprising given they contain everything one could need for impromptu revelry. Those luxuriously-lined draws contain: crystal glasses, decanters, cocktail accoutrements, a silver ice bucket, silver plates and napkins, a linen apron, teatowels, candles, leather-bound tasting notes hand-written by Monsieur Fil and - last but not least - a cigar humidor. Whatever the aforementioned craftsmen were smoking when they created this piece, it almost certainly wasn't a cigar...
£124,000 | www.pineletpinel.com
Mr Outre has already lined up a spectactular selection of seasonal christmas liqueurs to take the edge off Boxing Day. Taking pride of place will be Stag's Breath, a terrifyingly potent whisky-and-honeycomb concoction that promises a 'distinctively musty' nose. And, if all goes to plan, it will be served from the equally spectacular Ralph Lauren Home One Fifth Trunk Bar. The Pullman style trunk is swathed in embossed black crocodile leather, with a polished brass stand and mahogany interior. It comes with barware and a crystal decanter. Although to be fair, it's unlikely that decanting Stag's Breath will do much for it's much-trumpeted 'musty' nose...
£7,750 | www.ralphlaurenhome.com
The champagne season is upon us. But as you guzzle your Bollinger La Grande Année 2002, spare a thought for all those half-empties going to waste. Thus, on behalf on perfectly drinkable leftovers everywhere, Mr Outre brings you Louie Thomas' Champagne Stopper. Shaped like a cork, the sculptural silver-plated barware has a rubberised collar that preserves bubbles for another day (or night). What's more, for an additional £12 the top of the stopper can be engraved with an appropriate maxim. Mr Outre suggests a bit of vintage Hemingway: 'Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.' Although, if that doesn't fit, 'DO NOT LOG INTO FACEBOOK' would probably do the trick...
£25 | www.louie-thomas.com