After a whirlwind trip to Toronto last week, I came back with a suitcase full of chocolate and alcohol. I'll be writing about Dillon's, a spectacular new boutique distillery near Niagara Falls, soon (but probably not on this blog). First, though, I'm going to start on the low end - Canadian Club.
Canadian Club is the tipple they drink on Trailer Park Boys, a rather good comedy about a group of trailer park residents - the equivalent of Shameless in the UK and Housos in Australia (which incidentally, I've also watched - do we like TV, you ask?). Basically, it's a low-end whiskey you won't be seeing in Hong Kong's coolest bars any time soon.
I was at the airport duty free, and hey, it was cheap - about 10 CAD for a 375ml bottle, which is enough for trying out my first whiskey infusion.
Infusions are easy - basically, you just dump whatever you like into your spirit of choice, as long as you think the flavour profiles will work. I had a mandarin and sticks of cinnamon, so in went the zest of the mandarin and about 4 sticks of cinnamon, and according to this guide to infusions on Serious Eats, it should only take a five days, so I shall be drinking this on Christmas day!
If this works well, I'll be trying some apple pie and coffee infusions. I've just gotta find out where I can buy more Canadian Club. Perhaps I should ask for Santa cheap whiskey... No. No, I shouldn't.