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Whisky & Chocolate Pairing

February 6, 2021

Throughout 2020 we hosted various online live whisky tastings where people from around the world had the opportunity to order tasting packs so they could get the full tasting experience from the comfort of their own home.  The live events included pairing the core range whiskies with a variety of fantastic foods from other Scottish producers.  Participants were able to order the food tasting packs as well as the whiskies to get the full tasting experience.  From highland venison to island cheese and west coast seafood, these tastings proved to be popular with both whisky beginners and connoisseurs alike.  The final food pairing had a slightly more international feel through a collaboration with Edinburgh based company COCO chocolatier who work with cacao farmers across Colombia.

Following on from the success of this, we now have two of the chocolate varieties in branded packaging to pair with the well-known expressions – Machir Bay and Sanaig.

Machir Bay is a vatting of Kilchoman matured in a high proportion of bourbon barrels which creates a distinct balance of Islay character and fresh floral complexity.  The fresh lime flavour and the sweetness from the chocolate balances very well with the citrus, fresh fruits and vanilla character of Machir Bay.

Sanaig is matured in a high proportion of oloroso sherry hogsheads which imparts a balance of rich, dried fruits and peat smoke.  The spiciness from the nutmeg, allspice and cloves works beautifully with the sherry cask influence of Sanaig.

The whisky and chocolate can both be ordered from our website by clicking here

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