Chocolate is not often the first thing you think about when enjoying a snifter of whisky. However the two pair so beautifully together because of what they have in common…distinct flavour profiles. If you enjoy either chocolate or whisky you will certainly love them together. And if you love chocolate but aren't a whisky drinker, the pairing is a great way to get introduced.
The beauty of pairing with whisky, aside from flavour, is its warmth. If you’re a whisky drinker you are familiar with that lovely immediate feeling of warmth in your mouth at that first sip. We start a chocolate and whisky pairing with whisky first, so your mouth is nicely warmed up and ready for the chocolate to start releasing flavours right away.
A good whisky tasting begins with looking at the colour. The colours of different whisky are quite varied and quite beautiful! The aroma is next. Swirl the whisky a bit in the glass to release the aromas and then take a sniff. Try to identify the aromas. Then taste. A small sip to start, move it around in your mouth and think about the flavours you are tasting. Take note of the mouthfeel. Then have the second sip. You can add a drop of water with the second sip to release more flavours. The second sip should give you a good idea of the whisky's many flavour notes.
Now, the chocolate. Your mouth is warmed by the whisky and the whisky flavours are apparent. Add a piece of chocolate and let it melt. The chocolate will start to show its flavour notes as you move it around in your mouth, letting it mix with the whisky. Enjoy a slow melt.
While the chocolate is melting, have another sip of whisky. This is when you notice a distinctly different taste to the whisky! The flavour of the chocolate will draw out a host of different flavours in the whisky and the experience will be quite surprising!
Chocolate and Whisky pairing suggestions to try at home!