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"Stuart rose from the ditch, climbed into his car, and started up the road that led toward the north…. As he peeked ahead into the great land that stretched before him, the way seemed long. But the sky was bright, and he somehow felt he was headed in the right direction." (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)


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Intoxicating – Chocolate tasting with liqueur and whiskey

germ choc arrangement

 

Last Saturday afternoon Megan and I set up a relaxing back porch chocolate tasting. As she labored in the kitchen preparing a cauliflower/curry dish I took out coffee beans, cacao beans and picked up a bottle of Wild Turkey Rare Breed Whiskey.

 

In order to prepare these aesthetically pleasing arrangements we often become manic and focus on color, quality, form factor, lighting etc. We included relevant ingredients such as vanilla, ginger and whiskey. Yes, you heard right. These bars are made using whiskey and egg liqueur. This is our first tasting of chocolate made by an Austrian company called Zotter. Meg managed to pick these up in Germany as they are found in other European countries.

 

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für langschläfer (50% min cocoa)

 

The name of this bar actually translates to “for late risers” in English. The reason being that is contains coffee beans and whiskey. The overall taste is a classic malt flavor with the inner consistency of truffle creme. It contains subtle hints of oak and bourbon with notes of sweet, honey graham cracker. The lack of coffee flavor and texture was a bit disappointing, but overall this bar was quite satisfying.

 

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Eirtanz (40% min cocoa)

 

The name of this bar translates to “egg dance” in English. Why egg dance? Well this bar is made with egg liqueur and chili. It is creamy and has both the inner appearance and consistency of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. However, the overall quality is higher containing less artificial and more natural certified fair trade ingredients. The initial satisfaction of flavors come from unique cinnamon undertones and overall sweet milk chocolate flavor. The experience increases with intensity as a strong chili kick emerges and remains until the end.

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Hasenjagd (46% cocoa)

 

The name of this bar translates to “hare hunting” in English. Does it contain rabbit meat? No! The additional ingredients include apples, carrots, ginger and brandy. This bar transforms the typical smooth chocolate experience to a subtly tangy one. Notes of buckwheat honey can be tasted beneath the zest of light lemon. Small chunks of fibrous fruit pieces (likely dehydrated) creates additional flavors and texture throughout.

 


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ADK Whiskey Tasting

There is no substitute for a glass of whiskey by the fire on your winter vacation. Last weekend Megan and I spent three days in Keeseville New York doing just that. Our mornings opened with oatmeal and fresh organic Nicaraguan coffee from Joe Bean Coffee Roasters. We shared the cozy rustic environment with my brother and his wife who equally enjoyed scenic snowfall, a large jacuzzi and tackling winding roads in 4-Wheel Drive.

For ease of consumption we acquired our own goodies to sustain us, but split dinner duties for two nights. Friday consisted of a delicious and hearty shepherds pie meal prepared by my sister in-law. The abundance of locally harvested venison cooked just right and creamy mashed potatoes made for a perfect precursor to an evening dip in the jacuzzi. The late night drive from the night before didn’t interfere with the desire to split logs and document this excellent whiskey tasting. Here are the results!

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Bulleit Rye Whiskey

Aroma: Creamy lighter fluid with hint of leather oil and tinge of berry. Smooth yet aged in scent.

Taste: Sweetness of berry with pine undertones. Spicy and floral.

Mouth feel: Smooth like velvet yet full.

Color: Light Amber/Rust

Finish: A bitter tang with lasting zest.

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Glenmorangie Scotch

Aroma: Sharp and piny.

Taste: Wood, honey

Mouth feel: Sweet light and syrupy.

Color: Apple juice, light honey, urine, “Genny Light”

Finish: Soil, root minerals

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I hope you get the opportunity to try out these two whiskey labels. If you are feeling adventurous throw in some Indian leg wrestling as well. Cheers!

-willandmegan

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