We’ve just finished a really tough job, we took a selection of all-star whiskies and paired them with a selection of delicious chocolates. Sure it was hard, but someone had to do it. By the way, have we mentioned that we’ve got the best jobs in the world here at Hammerstone’s WhiskeyDisks.™
Most people would guess that any chocolate would pretty much go well with any whiskey – not the case. Turns out there are way too many variables: age, proof, type of wood and type of grain. Then you have to take into account the vast array of blends and flavors of chocolate that are out there. After hours of pairing, we were experiencing both a booze buzz and a sugar high, and we realized we were far from done.
Matching up chocolate with whiskey can be a real endeavour, because it’s an all-out assault on the senses. Chocolate tends to coat the palate, blinding your taste buds. And whiskey’s intricate aromas can overwhelm the nose. But the work pays off, because when the combination is spot-on there’s nothing else like it.
We found several great pairings, but don’t take our word for it, the joy is in the doing. So, get yourself some top-notch chocolate and some killer whiskey and start tasting. May we also suggest that you slightly chill your whiskey samplings with one of our handcrafted whiskey stones. Cheers.
This high-proof bourbon lights a glorious fire in your mouth. Luckily, this impeccable milk chocolate bar has a creaminess that’ll put that fire out in the most delectable way. Simply put, the milk kills the heat, then you’ll notice a floral note followed by a caramel finish.
Another lovely bourbon with strength, it hints of ripe plum, cherry and other fruits, which pair remarkably well with the roasted nuts in this chocolate. Plus, the velvety milk texture really calls out to the liquor’s sweet aromas of caramel, cocoa, vanilla and maple syrup.
This award-winning, small batch, straight rye whiskey embodies superlative spice and great complexity. There’s clove, pepper and allspice, to name a few. And the unparalleled, rich sweetness of this elegant chocolate bar tames it all.
Made with a signature “high rye” recipe, this bourbon has spice that mingles with sweet caramel and vanilla. It’s brash, yet smooth and even. It finishes with liquorice and coffee, which makes it’s match with this rich, fruity chocolate sound unlikely, but it’s hard to beat.
This bourbon seduces the nose like a great single malt, it walks you through a wonderful haze of smoke. We found a distinctive banana note in its aroma as well, which presented itself again on the palate when paired with the rich peanut butter taste of this chocolate bar.
This full-bodied bourbon spends a little extra time in charred oak and it hits the nose with classic caramel and sports a citrus dominated finish. So it’s a no-brainer to hook it up with freeze-dried orange peel enveloped in decadent Belgian dark chocolate.
Rich, chewy, rounded and smooth, this bourbon screams of cocoa, toffee, caramel, and chocolate. The roasty coconut that’s laced into this chocolate bar latches onto the long, toasty oaken finish of the spirit. They are meant to be together and it would be a crime to keep them apart.
Aged a bit longer in barrels containing seared French oak staves, this bourbon whisky is a tad bolder. It focuses brilliantly on the tip of the tongue with cereal sweetness and a hint of cinnamon. It literally begs for the companionship of this banana-laced, super dark chocolate bar.
Using original mash bills, this distillery produces an impressive variety of whiskies. Their Pot Still Reserve is floral on the nose with some wonderful citrus notes. It hits the palate with loads of honey, and goes amazingly well with the subtle flavor of hazelnut in this confection.
With a deep amber color, this whiskey has aromas of vanilla and mint. It’s pleasantly sweet, with flavors of brown sugar, toffee and dark fruit. It’s long been our favorite for making mint juleps, so it’s no surprise that it scores off the charts when paired with this delicate mint chocolate bar.