Whisky and Chocolate - the perfect match!
Here at the Scotch Whisky Experience, we are here to inspire a global passion for Scotch whisky. We are driven to help change perceptions, widen knowledge and explore flavours. We love to introduce individuals to new whiskies by pairing them with food. We believe that whisky and chocolate is a perfect match.
Each month our team create our ‘Whiskies of the Month,’ with this month’s whiskies chosen to celebrate Valentine’s Day. These whiskies have been paired with a selection of delicious chocolates! We asked our Senior Visitor Assistant Heather (who enjoys matching whisky with food) to talk us through the whiskies and their chocolate pairings.
“Six whiskies have been chosen for “Whiskies of the Month,” each one having distinctive characteristics which tell stories on my palate. I have chosen a range of chocolates and fudge to enhance the flavours found in each whisky.
Auchentoshan Three Wood
First up, we have the delicious Auchentoshan Three Wood paired with Cocoa Dusted, Dark Chocolate Almonds. The Three Wood is rich and complex in flavour, which marries beautifully with the bitter sweetness of the dark chocolate. There is a delightfully smooth nuttiness that brightens out the dark sherry influence in the whisky.
Glengoyne 10yo can be enjoyed with a sweet dark Scottish fudge. For me this whisky is smooth, sweet and carries lots of toffee and cream, making the pairing with soft sweet fudge perfect and heavenly.
Glenfiddich Solera 15yo
Next up we have the Glenfiddich Solera 15yo matched with an organic 60% cocoa and ginger chocolate. This whisky is known for its complexity and silky smoothness that is elevated by the richness of the chocolate and nibs of fiery ginger. A combination that really brings out the full body of the whisky.
A sweet, unpeated Islay malt, Bunnahabhain 12yo has surprising character when compared to other whiskies from this region. When paired with dark and milky caramel and sea salt chocolate, this whisky reveals lightly fruity and nutty notes, combining to leave a spectacular malty sweetness on the palate.
Famous Grouse Smoky Black
Famous Grouse Smoky Black is a beautifully blended whisky with wisps of smoke and lots of dried fruits. Personally, I always get hints of mint in smoky whisky. Pairing this whisky with a dark mint chocolate will truly elevate this whisky, drawing attention to the long, smooth finish.
Finally, we have Glenmorangie Signet paired with a rich 70% cocoa dark chocolate. The candied sweetness, with intense waves of espresso are complemented beautifully by the creamy richness of the bitter dark chocolate; manifesting themselves into one of the greatest pairings in my opinion.
I hope you find all the pairings to your palate and enjoy these favourites of mine!
Hopefully this has whet everyone’s appetites to try out some whisky and chocolate matches and discover more about the wonderful world that is Scotch whisky.
And a big thank you to Heather for writing this blog!
Let us know if you have any other great whisky pairings, and don’t forget to head to our online shop to grab yourself some whisky and chocolate!