As a person of distinction, you’ve no doubt danced with an classy lady named Scotch whisky. This hallowed beverage is the perfect companion to a tasty cigar, a high-powered business transaction, or the stillness of the universe. Most people enjoy scotch in glass tumblers; however, there’s no wrong way to drink it. If you’d like to experiment with a new way to enjoy scotch, you might try a handmade ceramic vessel.Helen Levi, a Brooklyn-based photographer and ceramicist, has partnered with the progressive Hebridean distillers at Bruichladdich to create special ceramic vessels that complement the earthy delights of good scotch. “To me, it’s a natural fit to serve whisky in a handmade vessel,” says Levi. “It reflects every step of the whisky-making process.”Levi recently visited the Bruichladdich distillery on the Isle of Islay, the southernmost Hebride off the west coast of Scotland. There, she took in the rolling fields of barley, the sharp coastal crags, and the almost spiritual whisky-making process of Bruichladdich.“The landscape on the island felt to me like I was on the edge of the world,” says Levi.Instead of relying on industrial techniques and foreign barley, Bruichladdich employs a time-honored distillation process and uses 100% Scottish barley. “While visiting Islay, it was clear how much thought went into every aspect of making whisky,” says Levi. “I strive to have my pieces feel as though they were thoughtfully created.”Levi also traveled in the opposite direction, to the American West, where she and her trusty canine sidekick Billy did some soul searching and dirt searching. On that journey, Levi tested soils and other natural materials until she found just the right substances for her vessels.Related: Whiskey vs. Whiskey: What’s the Difference?“When I first met the folks at Bruichladdich, they asked me what would I make if I could afford the luxury of not worrying about selling it right away, which was a wonderful question to think about over the next several months,” says Levi. “Because making pottery is my full time job, I wouldn’t normally spend several weeks just testing found materials and hoping they’ll work out. And now that I was allowed that time, I love the effect it’s had on my work and I will definitely continue to make glaze from natural materials.”The end result is a line of elegant tumblers, whisky jugs, and other beautiful vessels. You will soon be able to purchase Levi’s whisky vessels on her website. While you’re there, you might check out her mugs, planters, necklaces, and other items. Mother’s Day is fast approaching! How to Make a Blood and Sand Cocktail Editors’ Recommendations 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference?
Rabat – Morocco can put away another achievement in their pocket: the construction of the first drone made entirely in the Kingdom. Moroccan students in electricity and mechanics have fabricated this modern and technologically-advanced drone for both civil and military use.PhD students of the National School of Electricity and Mechanics (ENSAM) are the responsible builders of this 100% Moroccan drone of superior technology.The August 3rd edition of the daily Al Akhbar reports all of the details and quotes Hicham Madroumi, Director of ENSAM. “The plane can be used both on the military and civil level. A multi-function aircraft which would also serve to agriculture, in terms of monitoring dams, or to the film industry”, said the Director. Furthermore, Madroumi shared that the drone is equipped with several important computer applications. Interest has grown in the acquisition of the new aircraft. An agreement between ENSAM and the company SAGEM to market the drone was reached. Performance tests will be conducted in September followed by commercialization in June 2016.According to Al Akhbar’s report, research student and coordinator of the research team, Khalid Boukhdir revealed: “The [drone] project started in 2004 theoretically, following a doctorate thesis”. Boukhdir also recalled that the first prototype was manufactured in 2012. Several others were made afterwards.However, the latest drone made in Morocco is unique and cannot be compared to the previous ones. This new one can be guided over 50 kilometers away. Definitely, a Moroccan achievement that will be recorded in history for years to come.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission