Archive for September 7th, 2012

DESTI am going to say this without any embarrassment.  I was one of the early adopters of what has become a ubiquitous craze of using vintage bus destination blinds as art work.  You know the thing – the destination scroll that old busses had to show where the bus was headed – taken and unrolled, frames and hung on a wall.  It is a very cool look and if you have a genuine bus scroll from like 1940’s New York, it is very cool.

I have a bus scroll from London that I have had for years, and have used it for wall art as well as a window treatments.

But alas, this motif has become mainstream with manufacturer creating fake scrolls and inevitably using the idea for things other than destinations.  Whatever.

Not all of the knockoffs are creepy (many are by the way), folks like Uptown Artworks have created a nice line of Destination Art which allows you to take the destination blind look and customize it to your home and region.

About the “Destination Art” of  Uptown Artworks“With more than 15 years of experience in the decorative pillow business, artist/manufacturer Lori Blum, previously known for her IL Fiore line, has literally taken a new direction with Uptown Artworks: graphic, black-and-white “destination art” that is customizable for every locale.”

The Destination Art of  Uptown Artworks includes a series of wall art and a fun application, pillows.

Check out the Destination Art of  Uptown Artworks here.

buffaloIf I have not mentioned the fact that I have developed a taste for bourbon in recent years, you have certainly figured out that I need something to put in all the flasks I have featured in past posts.  Which brings me to today’s subject, the bourbons of the Sazerac Company – a manufacturer and distributor of several labels of the fine Kentucky spirit.

About the Sazerac Company“Each Bourbon brand specifically belongs to one of our three distilleries, including many at the most highly-decorated distillery in the world – Buffalo Trace Distillery, where it is distilled, aged and bottled. We craft our bourbon brands with a goal of offering consumers the broadest choice of whiskey experiences. This is achieved through a wide array of ages and recipes. Our brands range up to 23 years of age with varying taste profiles, carefully built through the use of multiple recipes and different aging warehouses.”

I like the fact that the Sazerac Company represents brands at all levels, from value-priced to the high end. Of course I am a big fan of one of their bourbons on the higher end, the Buffalo Trace line:

About Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey: “Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distilled, aged and bottled at the most award-winning distillery in the world. Made from the finest corn, rye and barley malt, this whiskey ages in new oak barrels for years in century old warehouses until the peak of maturity. The taste is rich and complex, with hints of vanilla, toffee and candied fruit. The smooth finish lingers on the palate. This will never change.”

Currently I have 18 variations of bourbon on hand at the house – several of which are Sazerac products.  Why so much bourbon? Well, I can’t seem to stop buying new brands when I see them and I drink like a shot a week – so they add up.  My dream is to host a dinner party where I pair my various bourbons and salts (I have way more than 18 varieties of salts on hand) with every course.

As I pack for my Cape Cod vacation (which starts tomorrow) I will be filling a few of my flasks with my favorites.

See all the Bourbon brands of the Sazerac Company here.