Dublin Event: Whiskey & Chocolate

  • 28 Feb 2013
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Brooks Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin 2.
  • 40

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Our Drury Street neighbours, Cocoa Atelier, are joining us again this year for an evening of chocolate and whiskey. Or perhaps we should say chocolate and "whiskey", for we might stray slightly beyond the edges of the whiskey map in our pursuit of flavourful delights.

Whether you love chocolate, spirits, or both, we are sure you will find the combination a revelation. And even if you are a society regular, or a long-time devotee of Cocoa Atelier's chocolate wizardry, we'll aim to present you with something memorable you haven't tried before.

At the end of the night we voted for our favourite chocolate, favourite whiskey and favourite whiskey & chocolate combination.



Listen to Mr Gay Byrne's review of the evening on his Sunday show, LyricFM, 3rd March, 2013.




Chocolates

 Chocolate Description  Votes
 Almond Rocher Diced almonds in a praline base coated in milk chocolate  5
 Papua New Guinea 70% pure plantation dark chocolate from Papa New Guinea featuring notes of pepper creating a very intense full bodied chocolate flavour  10
 Salted Caramel A complimentary combination of sweet caramel ganache encased in milk chocolate and topped with sea salt crystals  5
 Almond Crunch Diced almonds feaured in a praline base coated in dark chocolate  7
 Venezuela 70 % pure plantation dark chocolate from Venezuela revealing spicy and floral notes  3
 Blackcurrant Dark Chocolate filled with a strong blackcurrant ganache using puree of blackcurrant, decorated with blackcurrant paint strokes  5
 Connemara Whiskey A custom chocolate created for the night featuring Connemara Cask Strength whiskey  12


Whiskey & Chocolate Pairings

 Pairing  Votes
 Glendalough Poitín & Almond Rocher  5
 Canadian Club & Papua New Guinea  9
 Jim Beam Devil's Cut & Salted Caramel  0
 Jim Beam Red Stag & Almond Crunch  12
 Compass Box Orangerie & Venezuela  6
 BenRiach 12yo & Blackcurrant  8

Whiskeys

1. Glendalough Poitín

ABV 40% Age
Type Poitín Finish -
Distillery West Cork Distillers Region Ireland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 2 Place 3
Notes
  • Made from malted barley and sugar beet
  • Aged with virgin Irish oak


2. Canadian Club

ABV 40% Age NAS
Type
Finish -
Distillery Hiram Walker Distillery Region Canada
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 1 Place 4
Notes
  • 6 years old
  • Made from corn, rye, malted rye, malted barley
  • Blended before casking
  • Matured in 1st fill bourbon barrels


3. Jim Beam Devil's Cut


ABV 45% Age NAS
Type Kentucky straight bourbon Finish -
Distillery Jim Beam Region Kentucky
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 4 Place 2
Notes
  • 6 years old
  • Reduced to bottling strength with water used to leach bourbon from cask wood
  • Made from corn, rye, malted barley


4. Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry


ABV 40% Age NAS
Type Bourbon liqueur Finish -
Distillery Jim Beam Region Kentucky
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 0 Place 6
Notes
  • Standard Jim Beam "white label" infused with natural cherry flavour
  • Made from corn, rye, malted barley


5. Compass Box Orangerie


ABV 40% Age NAS
Type Blended whiskey liqueur Finish -
Distillery Not specified Region Scotland
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 1 Place 4
Notes
  • Blend of Highland single malt and single grain whisky from Fife
  • Infused with Navalino orange peel, Indonesian cassia bark and Sri Lankan cloves


6. BenRiach 12 year old


ABV 46% Age 12
Type Single malt Finish -
Distillery BenRiach Region Speyside
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 37 Place 1
Notes
  • Matured entirely in Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks
  • Highly recommended by Ally at the Celtic Whiskey Shop



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