I first stumbled upon Sortilège in the late 90s while visiting
. The Québec City province of Québec tops in terms of maple syrup production, but pancakes and French toast only hint at the potential uses for Mother Nature’s liquid gold. The French folk next door also know their wine and spirits as well as any of us Anglophone types here in Canada . And in terms of gastronomic pleasure, they have combined the natural sweetness of maple syrup and the warmth of Canadian whisky to create a taste and textural sensation unlike anything else. Ontario
A flurry of adjectives cannot do this beverage justice – you must try it. I know people who dribble it over ice cream, mix it into cocktails, and even lace their coffee with a dash. The traditional way however, is to serve Sortilège at room temperature over the rocks in a lowball glass. The chill of the ice dances across your palate as it flirts with the warmth of the alcohol and the intoxicating sweetness of the maple syrup – Fantastique!
Until recently, I have travelled to Québec for the sole purpose of purchasing this drink. Now it is sold here in
at the LCBO for $29 in 750ml bottles for $6 less than in Québec! I’ve linked this post to the product on the LCBO website below: simply select Find Stores, and go get it! You’ll find it in the spirits section. Ontario
- You can thank me later.