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Bottles So Handsome They Belong on Your Dresser

Julia Bainbridge

Despite what farm-to-table restaurants might have you thinking, not all fine food products today are packaged in Ball jars. And we’re grateful for that. Simplicity is good for the everyday meal, but extravagant packaging makes dinner (or snacks, or drinks) feel ceremonious.

Here are four bottled items—olive oil (Chateau d’Estoublon), liqueur (Santa Maria Novella Alkermes), honey (BEEloved), and bitters (Breckenridge)—that taste as elegant as they look. 

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The Art Deco glass exterior—complete with spray top!—reflects what’s within: Chateau d’Estoublon’s single varietal oil is cold-pressed from Picholine olives, which have a mild, floral flavor.
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Santa Maria Novella is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, and the recipe for its Alkermes liqueur, written in 1743 by Friar Cosimo Bucelli, remains the same today.
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Serbian designers Njegos Lakic Tajsic and Tamara Mihajlovic created this diamond-like bottle for a fictional honey brand named “BEEloved”. Each jar contains a pyramid-shaped slab of honeycomb.
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Breckenridge’s distillers make these bitters by steeping a mixture of spices, local alpine Colorado herbs, and bitter roots in a copper pot still.