In 2016 Hibiki 21 won the World’s Best Blended Whisky award for a record 4th time. Everyone was talking about Japanese whisky. Had Scotland got left behind? Was it really that special or was it marketing hype? So I found myself tempted into buying a bottle in the airport in Tokyo.
The flight back to the UK tasting it with all my different chocolates was deliciously and spectacularly mind opening. It was the beginning of my journey of discovery, not just of fine whiskies and bourbons, but of craft spirits in general. The same is true in drinks as chocolate – find the best ingredients, use a process that respects them not cost, and you will end up with something out of the ordinary. Flavours that stop you in your tracks and make you wonder how you had been hoodwinked by the big commercial brands for so long.
Happily my chocolate loves fine spirits as much as I do! In the last few years you might have seen Willie’s Cacao on the menu of some of the top cocktail bars in London. Sometimes the mixologist creates the cocktails to pair with specific chocolates, and sometimes we recommend the chocolates to pair with their cocktails.
This was only ever going to end in one place! With me experimenting with making cocktail inspired chocolates. Here you are! And yes, Hibiki 21 really is that good. No hype needed.
This letterbox sized Tasting Box contains 10 x 50g chocolates, including 2 Magnificent Creations which are limited edition chocolates made specially for my Tasting Boxes
4 x single estate dark bars: San Agustin 88, San Agustin 70, Sambirano 71 and Rio Caribe 72.
4 x flavoured dark bars: Luscious Orange, Almendra, Hazelnut Raisin and Ginger Lime.
2 Magnificent Creations
– Cosmopolitan. Baracoa 70 dark chocolate with cranberry, vodka and lime. Made famous by Sex and the City and the New York of the 1990’s, this is a deliciously sweet-tart cocktail. I have soaked the cranberries in Black Cow vodka and added a twist of lime. It’s perfectly balanced and utterly delicious. Party time!
– Whisky Sour. Baracoa 70 dark chocolate with bourbon and orange. Whisky and chocolate is one of my all time favourite pairings. Here I have soaked the raisins in bourbon so you get bursts of bourbon with a background note of orange. Spectacular!
The Flavour Map and Tasting Notes explaining why I make the chocolates as I do
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Only Natural Ingredients
Suitable for vegans
Free from dairy products, alcohol, gluten and soya
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