This muddler is NOT made out of lignum vitae. It is made out of a much lighter, cheaper wood that has been stained the appropriate color. This wood stain is especially problematic in a device generally used for alcohol beverages, as it tends to dissolve in the alcohol.
Unless you're a paint stain drinking enthusiast or don't value your eyesight, I would very seriously recommend avoiding this product.
Never in my history of purchasing products from the Internet, have I found ANY COMPANY that packages their product in such a careful and COMPLETELY SAFE manner. I received 12 GLASS BOTTLES and the plastic inserts that allowed three bottles to be perfectly positioned and protected and then the next plastic insert stacked on top of the next, simply AMAZED me when I opened up the box. I ended up saving these inserts because many other products would certainly fit in this configuration for shipping! The Product is AMAZING and I don't use as much as I did with another name brand product that I used previously! As much as I love the syrup . . . I believe the packaging impressed me just as much! Way to GO OVERSTOCK.COM!!!!
I order a new product and expected it to come looking like new. The package had been opened and taped with thin, cheap black tape and not well either. It was sloppy. This was a gift for a bartender for Christmas. Looked terrible.
This was a case of 12 glass bottles. It was carefully packaged and made its arrival just fine. The price was very economical, that we made a second purchase of the same thing. We use it to put in our Diet Pepsi.