Our Second Whisky & Chocolate tasting with Anverness.

Anverness and Choqoa recently joined forces again to setup a fantastic Whisky and Chocolate tasting event. We accomodated a full house, people who were all very curious to join our journey of aroma’s, flavors and sensations.

The pairings we offer pass by far the idea of putting red wine with meat and white wine with fish. We take it a lot further, offering genuine one-to-one pairings where one specific whisky elevates one specific chocolate. With our previous experiences in mind, we raised the bar again approving our pairings. Should I first bite the chocolate, or rather begin with a sip from the whisky? Given the complexity of aromas in both, getting them together is truly a challenge.
Peter and I have been working hard to try and taste over 60 combinations of whisky and cacao. Some don’t result in anything special, others just walk together fine, few pairings really create a clash. the cream of pairings however yield wonderful and fine sensations that surpass the individual elements. And those are the ones we offer: world-class whisky and chocolate pairings.

Photo taken from our Whisky Import Belux tasting.

We came with a very challenging chocolate selection, that I would never run, unless it were with these fine accompanying whisky’s. We kicked off with the bold François Pralus Vanuatu, shaking our general idea on chocolate. Putting then 3 different bars of Pacari opened people’s eyes on origins and single region chocolate. But we also matched Original Beans ‘Beni Wild Harvest’ and a Rogue Chocolatier ‘Silvestre’, a unique opportunity to taste the results of different chocolate makers working with the same Bolivian beans.
The ‘Cru Virunga’ from Congo and the brand new Menakao from Madagascar closed the series of complex pleasures.

The exquisite whisky’s we offered included highly premium bottles from the likes of Bushmills, Glenn Garioch, Tullibardine, Glendronach, Benromach, Ledaig… to name a few. Along the pairings we shared background information on both food & drinks.

@Choqoa Heerlijke whiskey & chocolate tasting gisteren. Openbaring. Tot een volgende keer. *

Tx @Choqoa om je fascinerende chocolades te koppelen met wonderbaarlijke whiskeys #choqoa  *

No use trying to describe how it feels. Those who attended where at least impressed and very pleased with our pairings, proof their reactions. They were gladly sharing – if not bragging about – their experiences with their friends through Twitter and Facebook.
But above all, they had a great time discovering the wonderful sensations of origine chocolate. Will you be next?


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4 Responses to Our Second Whisky & Chocolate tasting with Anverness.

  1. Madeleine Friedman July 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Whisky & Chocolate must be in the air or something because I just saw two reviews of the paring on C-spot:



    It all sounds so wonderfully complex and sophisticated.

  2. Sven Cipido July 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Het was inderdaad een unieke ervaring. Zeker voor herhaling vatbaar. En de chocolade die ik heb gekocht is zeer lekker voor de 100%.

  3. Evert-Jan July 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Thx a lot Sven, het is erg fijn om zulke comments te ontvangen! Ik schrijf weldra nog iets meer over de whisky & chocolade combinatie. Hou onze Facebook Page en de Choqoa Shop in het oog, Tot de volgende!

  4. Evert-Jan July 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    tx for the links Madeleine, however it seems to be about flavoured/filled bars. I only hold on to plain cacao bars, and we’ve paired them to divine whiksy’s as a drink. So we haven’t been making food, but we’ve created some sensations :)

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