As the weather grows cooler and we move towards the middle of the fall season, the LCBO is well under way with their seasonal "Whisky Rocks" campaign. Their shelves are filled with seasonal and limited-time offerings. A plethora of new Canadian whisky, American bourbon, and Scotch whisky products are now available. We recommend you head down to your nearest store, or even take a trip to one of the LCBO's feature locations, to peruse what will surely be an awe-inspiring catalogue of whisky.
To help us enjoy this wonderful season, our friends over at Gibson's Finest Canadian Whisky have provided ScotchBlog with some excellent local harvest fare, some recommended food pairings, and a wonderful cocktail recipe. After all, while we do love our whisky neat, there is something to be said about the warming effects of a delicious cocktail, especially when it's meant to be served hot!
Gibson's Finest Canadian Whisky is actually a combination of three different types of whisky - a base corn whisky and flavouring whiskies. The base of Gibson's Finest is corn-based and column-distilled with the goal of retaining subtle grain characters. The "flavouring whiskies" are produced from rye and malted barley by distillation from a single column and single pot still respectively. Gibson's Finest 12 Year Old expression is the one we'd recommend using for this hot toddy recipe:
The Canadian Mint
After coming in from the cold, or as a night cap after a fine evening with friends and family, this hot toddy with a Canadian twist will certainly be welcome.
Gibson's has recommended several food pairings that would go well with their whisky. While we haven't tried their suggestions (yet!), the meal choices in and of themselves sound fantastic. Here's a selection of our favourite ideas:
Whether you're a fan of Canadian, American or Scotch whiskies, don't miss up this fantastic opportunity to stock your shelves, after all - winter is coming.