Whisky, as we know, has a complex flavour portfolio, whichever region or distillery it is from. Tasting whisky with chocolate can be a really interesting way to pull out even the subtlest of flavours.
We’ve discussed on this very blog the pairings you may not expect, from cheese to mixing whisky in drinks. But in the very same way that crisps and beer are perfectly matched, chocolate and whisky may just surprise you even if you're not a huge chocolate fan.
1. Have a look at the flavours on your whisky and pick your dram thoughtfully
2. Pick your chocolate
3. In terms of choice for both, think about how the flavours might work … so for short, dry whisky go with something dark and flavoursome, or try a smokey Highland with white chocolate
4. Either way, pick your dram first and chocolate second
5. Pour a dram of your whisky … snap off a piece of chocolate
© Tim Sackton
6. First, take a sip of the whisky and let the flavours infuse in your mouth as usual. Make a note of the key flavours
7. Next, take a bite of the chocolate and let it melt in your mouth
8. The flavours should be beginning to layer in your mouth
9. See what you can taste with the chocolate and whisky combined – is the smokeyness more intense with a sweet accompaniment? Does the bitter taste of dark chocolate bring out the honey depth to your dram?
10. Sit back and relax. Savour the flavour. Your work here is done