Raising a glass of fine whisky on an Easter morning is the epitome of indulgence after an excruciating period of abstinence, and as any whisky lover would tell you, not just any experience would do.
There is another indigenous and particularly typical component of Easter, that, when combined with whisky, makes the entire experience simply heavenly. Its Chocolate, and its conflation with whisky brings about a mind boggling array of flavors and aromas that will leave you asking for more.
Now, just any whisky won’t do since it needs to have the perfect credentials to qualify for an Easter drink, and pairing the most impeccable choice of chocolate is a tedious task to say the least. Whatever your choice of whisky, smoky or fruity, single malt or blended, here are some of the most interesting whisky and chocolate combinations for the perfect Easter treat!
The Glenlivet XXV & White Chocolate
The Glenlivet XXV is a decadently luxurious example of a single malt whisky that carries intense tasting notes that can send a tingle down the spine of a seasoned whisky drinker. Matured in Oloroso Sherry barrels, it’s the oldest expression in the core range from The Glenlivet, and is ideal for whisky lovers who aren’t held back by luxury whiskies and their price.
It’s breathtaking dark chocolate and spice aromsas are followed by silky, cinnamon notes on the palate, and make it an indulgent choice to pair with a quality milk chocolate.
Chivas Regal 25-Year-Old & Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts
The Chivas Regal 25 is an exceptionally rich, creamy and fruity Blended Scotch whisky, and these flavors work impressively well with a strong, bitter dark chocolate with undertones of hazelnuts.
The combination of these flavors, the creamy and fruity flavors of the Scotch, and the bitterness and nutty flavors of the chocolate is intense to say the least.
The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old & Fruit and Nut Flavored Dark Chocolate
If your choice of whisky is a Speyside single malt, The Glenlivet 12 Year Old is as typical as it can get with tasting notes that have remained the same since founder George Smith distilled the first Speyside single malt.
The perfect choice of chocolate to complement The Glenlivet 12-year-old, a creamy, floral and fruity single malt, would be a dark chocolate with fruit and nut flavors. It is an increasingly popular flavor in the market and should not be too difficult to find.
Ballantine’s Barrel Smooth & Sea Salt Chocolates
A delightfully creamy expression from the house of Ballantine’s retains it’s sweet, vanilla and honey characteristics from the caramelized oak barrels used to finish this fine blended Scotch.
Contrasting flavors tend to word brilliantly, and with the Ballantine’s Barrel Smooth’s sweet vanilla tasting notes, sea salt chocolates are the ideal pairing.
Talisker 10-Year-Old & Salted Caramel Chocolates
A Scotch whisky that represents the Islay’s peaty characteristics perfectly, the Talisker 10 Year Old is a single malt that carries a heavily smoky nose, and an equally smoky, malty palate with a long, warming finish.
Caramel chocolates are perfect to be paired with peaty single malts, and the Talisker 10 Year Old is an excellent Islay single malt for a celebratory Easter morning toast.