Friday, March 8, 2013

Choco-Scotch



A few days ago, I had written about best food paring with Scotch, Today I will write about Chocolate and Scotch pairing that according to me is a unique and awesome combination.




Being a foodie and a huge fan of Black dog, one of the world’s finest Scotch Whisky after experimenting around a lot with this pairing and I am sharing a few Tasting notes that I came up with. Experimenting always means it’s a case of trial and error; such is the complexity of both products involved that you can never be sure quite how they will combine.

It cannot be stressed enough that having a high cocoa percentage is not the mark of a fine chocolate, any more than the words “Single Malt” indicate a truly wonderful Scotch;  and I implore anyone so inclined to try a couple of bars from the best chocolate producers. You will be amazed at the vast difference between an average supermarket blended dark chocolate at 85% and a fine bar at 65-70%.



Tasting guide:
When tasting Chocolate and Scotch together, the following process is advised; though it is what I recommend,


Take the Scotch on the palette, moving it around the mouth for a while to let the flavors build.
 Once swallowed, wait a few seconds before placing a very small piece of chocolate on the tongue. Allow the chocolate to melt slowly and experience the profiles of the Chocolate and Scotch as they come together.
Towards the end of the melt, take a little of the Scotch back over the chocolate. This leads to greater intensity and often the development of some interesting and unexpected flavors.

Enjoy the finish as you normally would, only this time you will see some interesting variations in the profile of the Scotch.

Be it with food or with chocolates, Black Dog a true Scottish brand with 130 years of legacy blends well and helps you unwind and relax after a tiring day at work. 

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