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For true aromatherapy, the right oil is essential

- The Washington Times

That lavender-scented lotion, bubble bath or candle you find in your Christmas stocking this year might smell wonderful, but don’t mistake it for aromatherapy. It’s probably filled with synthetic ingredients that won’t give you true physical and psychological benefits.

Time to refresh as Spa Week rolls out in D.C.

- The Washington Times

Spa Week is back again, the semi-annual event where nationwide houses of relaxation offer special deals for their best treatments at bargain prices. And right here in the nation’s capital, District-area house of unwinding are rolling out deals for the stressed among us.

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Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner offers ‘Gentlemen’s Tea’ for National Bourbon Month

- The Washington Times

The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in Tysons Corner, Virginia, is celebrating National Bourbon Month with a “Gentlemen’s Tea” menu at the property’s Entyse Wine Bar & Lounge. The Gentleman’s Tea menu includes bourbon-infused tea cocktails that are paired with both sweet and savory menu items for the fall, including maple smoked bacon, roasted apples and toasty pecan pie.

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Brush your way to better health and beauty

- The Washington Times

The news was shocking and disappointing to those of us who care for our bodies and skin: Microbeads, those tiny plastic scrubbing components used in exfoliators, were polluting our waterways. An even better alternative has emerged on the market in the form of the dry brush.

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Lost Distillery produces scotch of impressive complexity

- The Washington Times

In the southwest Scottish town of Cumnock sits a business that calls itself the Lost Distillery, whose website claims they aim to “rescue” from the dustbin of history even just some of the many, many whisky recipes that have been lost to time as Scotland distilleries inevitably turn over, go out or business or simply stop producing.

Spirit guide: Craft-distilled offerings to seek out this autumn

- The Washington Times

More distillers than ever before are trying their hand at craft whiskeys, vodkas and other spirits, which is great as you too can drink “hyper-locally” thanks to new products being concocted everywhere from Florida to, incredibly, Alaska. When next you’re at the liquor store, bypass the big brands in favor of some craft spirits, such as the ones highlighted here.

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Maker's offers restaurateurs, visitors a chance to fashion their own barrel 'expression'

- The Washington Times

At the Maker's Mark Private Select Experience at the distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, restaurateurs, bar owners and merely the curious adventurer can combine staves from five different types of wood that go into each barrel of Maker's can be inserted into a barrel in any of 1,001 possible combinations to create a unique barrel of Maker's suited to an individual tastes -- for a unique taste experience.

Mixed cocktails are shown, from left, an old fashioned, a vodka gimlet, a Bull Shot, a dry martini and a bloody mary. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) ** FILE **

Fall into cocktails with some craft distillers' concoctions

- The Washington Times

As fall rolls in, it's time to start stocking up those liquor cabinets for the holidays. But with what? There's so many options nowadays that it's always a bit of a daunting task to know if you should go for the tried-and-true brands or seek out something new when considering what types of cocktails to serve your guests.

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Smithsonian will offer Laura Chenel's goat cheese samples at Thursday event

- The Washington Times

Laura Chenel's will be on hand Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with samples of its award-winning products at the event "FOOD in the Garden - Fermentation Nation" at the National Museum of American History. The Northern California cheesemaker was awarded two first-place awards and two second-place honors at the American Cheese Society's 34th annual competition on July 28 in Denver.

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A fresh pour: Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley wines offer complex taste profiles

- The Washington Times

California's Sonoma County certainly doesn't lack for wineries, and oenophiles are finding even more to love in the microclimate of Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley, where vintners are producing more and more complex vinos to add to the delicacy that is the Golden State's grape-based golden harvest. There are as many wines in Dry Creek Valley as there are ways to enjoy them, but here are a few to keep an eye out for.

Unleashing the potential of Drambuie

- The Washington Times

I freely admit, I didn't know much about Drambuie, so when I was entreated to test out some cocktails by D.C. brand ambassador Vance Henderson, I was intrigued to learn, well, anything about this beverage, whose name I only knew once via a "Simpsons" reference.

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Ireland's first craft distillery gets into the gin game

- The Washington Times

Its name means "valley of two lakes" in Gaelic, and its label depicts St. Kevin, the sixth century monk who founded a monastery in the nearby glacial depression amid the Wicklow Mountains located south of Dublin. Glendalough is busy pouring its Wild Botanical Gin, a small-batch liquid that offers a truly botanical nose and a full taste that can be enjoyed neat, over rocks or even in a cocktail, as D.C. brand ambassador Brendan Crowley explained over drinks at Logan Tavern in Northwest.

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Kelvin Slush Co. introduces frozen cocktail and slush mix

- The Washington Times

Brooklyn, New York-based Kelvin Slush Co. has launched its newest flavor, Frose, or "frozen rose." Made from organic peach and strawberry juices, Frose is the sixth in a series of flavors from the company that also includes citrus, pina colada, margarita, ginger and tea.