A friend hepped me to a Canadian maple syrup liqueur. Sortilege. Canadian whiskey with maple syrup. It's like the Drambuie of the Great White North. Yummers.
Having dinner with friends today. The invitation came with a comment I take as a compliment: "Your company is like comfort food." Which naturally affected my efforts to identify what to bring for the table. Found a recipe for maple syrup cake in a recent Bon Apetit. Calls for two cups of Grade B syrup. Perfect. Will be making that, and can bring the Sortilege as a house gift that echoes the maple theme.
Naturally, the issue of perfume is on my mind. Maple theme. Have been wanting to try this perfume that Nathan Branch reviewed, Bucheron by Claude Andre Hebert. (Diacritical marks totally avoided.) Have yet to put hands or nose upon it. Still want to. Meanwhile, as it turns out, I have found another maple syrup/immortelle goodie: Immortelle L'Amour, from Ayala Moriel perfumes. I ordered a sample based on Ayala's story of how she constructed the scent for comfort in her blog, and in Heather Ettlinger's mention of it in her Memory and Desire project. (Is it really two years since Heather did this? This project was part of my propulsion down the rabbit hole of scent. If you haven't roamed through it, you really should take some time to wander. Perfumers and their interpretation of a poem. It's wonderful.) Anyway, I was able to sample it today. Gourmandy goodness.
Sortilege (the liqueur, not the perfume house) arrived a few weeks ago. Immortelle L'Amour arrived the other day. In the word of fellow blogger Abigail over at I Smell Therefore I Am, both are "numilicious."
Maple syrup for the opening of spring. No need to tap any trees.
So, today's pairing is:
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Why? Both liberally employ maple syrup (/immortelle), both are cozy, both linger, both invite investigation while comfortably ensconced in an overstuffed club chair. Why now? There will still be cool nights and grey rainy days that would be well served by this kind of comfort. There must be a reason Mother Nature sends the sap flowing in preparation for warmer days ahead.
Enjoy a slice of maple syrup cake with either. With wishes for a Happy Easter, and belated wishes for a pleasant Passover, for those who take note. I will be sipping, sniffing and listening to the trees as the landscape turns green.