I found myself in Murphy, CA over the holiday and wandered into an inspiring store, The Spice Tin. (thespicetin.com)
Spice jars line the walls of this place with a rolling library ladder to reach those jars on the highest shelves.
Exploring this store, I discovered smoked bourbon sugar. The sugar is made in Kentucky by some guy who one day asked his boss if he could take home the old bourbon barrel staves from work, and as a hobby, he tinkered with smoking sugar. Well, he hit on something cause this sugar's aroma is amazing. I bought some, looking forward to experimenting with cocktails and desserts.