This arrived in the post this week. It’s a lovely Easter package courtesy of Bowmore. The famous Islay distillery has teamed up with chocolatier Montezuma to make some special whisky-infused treats, based on the Bowmore Small Batch and 15 Years Old ‘Darkest’.
I actually tasted the two whiskies in the Bowmore Twitter tasting from a while back, where my thoughts on the drams were:
Small Batch Reserve – 40% ABV
On the nose: Malted barley seems prominent. Young, lively. Sensual, creamy, citrusy, briny, but yes, a very malty aroma. It reminds me of the Laddie Islay Barley whiskies, or their Organic perhaps In the mouth: All of that cereal logically comes through on the tongue. Zippy. Really tasty malty stuff. Wood showing there. Black pepper. A wild and rugged (and very seafaring) Islay youth? With gentle charms, though.
15 Year Old – Darkest 43% ABV
On the Nose: Now that is interesting. A smokey fruit salad. Grapes, pears, but very understated. Smouldering campfire at the end of the night. Coastal. In the mouth: A superbly balanced dram – a perfect marriage of sweetness and peat. Bitter chocolate, sultanas, raisins, chewy, cigar, spices. Citrus and brine again. A medium weight in the mouth, which brings everything together so well.
Now I’ve tried whisky chocolates before – dead posh ones from Hotel Chocolat, as well as cheap and nasty ones elsewhere – and they’ve never been any good. There’s something way too intense about the flavour, a kind of misplaced bitterness each time. But these Bowmore-Montezuma chocolates are actually very, very nice. They genuinely taste different, too – the Small Batch chocolate being just a fraction maltier, nuttier, a little rawer, with a nice touch of salt; and the ‘Darkest’ being… a bit more about the rich fruit notes, quite syrupy. I actually preferred the Small Batch chocolate to the Darkest, the other way around to how I preferred the whiskies. Rather than just bung whisky in to the bars, I suspect Montezuma tailored their recipe to embrace the spirit of each dram, if you see what I mean, and it’s worked well.
Anyway, I’m not sure for how long these will be available – or even, at the moment, where from. Maybe the distillery shop? Either way, I’ll keep you posted if these become more widely available, but I can say that these are the first whisky-infused chocolates that are actually any good. It’s like someone’s actually thought about it, you know?