I have a sweet tooth. It is one of my biggest weaknesses. John’s weakness is potato chips. I would buy a packet for the weekend and before I can even open it, it’s finished. He walks past it and it disappears. Like a vacuum cleaner. Me, it is chocolate. Now you see it and poof it is gone. Yummy in my tummy. After the success of my Bourbon and Snicker pairing, I decided to do a chocolate and whisky theme for October.
I was a bit hesitant. Having LOTS of chocolate in the house is not a good idea. I realised that I will have to spend extra time on the bike to burn up all the extra energy. But to experiment, I will have to make the sacrifice. So I obliged. Some experiments (ok… read most experiments) I had to repeat a few times to make sure they really worked well.
It was a busy month with quite a few extra miles on the bike… But it was worth it. I found a few really wonderful pairings worth trying at home. The pairings are easy and widely available. Today I look at the Monkey Shoulder and Cadbury Caramello pairing.
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Monkey Shoulder paired with Dairy Milk Caramello
The Cadbury Caramello always makes me think of my sister. It is her favourite treat and I always found her a few Caramello Bears as surprise. With their round tummies full of gooey caramel, they always make her smile. I have not seen the Caramello Bears in such a long time, however, I have found a bar replacement. Not quite the same as nibbling on the cute little bear tummy, but a good enough replacement to test with a dram.
A Caramello chocolate is quite sweet and I was scared that the super sweet caramel would overpower whisky. And in a few instances, it did. I paired the Caramello with a Black Bottle and a James King 5 yo and it did not really work. Then I decided to try the Monkey Shoulder. Monkey Shoulder is a robust sweetish whisky that work well in cocktails and guess what? It worked perfectly.
The Monkey Shoulder broke down the sweetness of the chocolate and enhanced the caramel taste. This William Grant & Sons Blended Malt is full-bodied enough to stand up to the caramel and the caramel brings out more of the barley and cereal notes. A wonderful pairing.