What a tough job I have. Trying out whisky and chocolate pairings so that I have something to blog about. Dirty job, I know. Last year introduced me to Rye whisky. Jim Murray choose a Canadian Crown Royal Rye whisky as his Whisky of the Year and the world sat up and noticed. It sparked interest here too and I started looking around for more rye whiskies. Mainly to see what all the fuss was about. It turns out, I actually like Rye whiskies. There is a a spicy yumminess to a Rye that is different from a bourbon.
Rye whiskies are still relatively unknown in SA and not readily available. However in the future, this will hopefully change. I picked up a bottle of Rittenhouse Rye from Whisky Brother some time ago and have been using it for all kinds of experiments. From cocktails to food pairings.
As part of my research on rye whiskies, I noticed that quite a few people tried Rye and milk chocolate pairings. I can imagine that Rye and cheese will work well. The spicy nature of the Rye should complement the creaminess of cheese, but milk chocolate?
I decided to go and experiment for myself. So off I went to pick up some Cadbury Diary Milk chocolate. The Cadbury Dairy milk chocolate is one of the top selling chocolates in the world. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that also contains milk powder or condensed milk.
The Swiss dominated the milk chocolate market. They used condensed milk in the production. In 1897 Cadbury made their first milk chocolate bar by blending milk powder, but it was not successful. The chocolate was coarse and dry.
In early 1900’s George Cadbury Jr and some of the Bourneville experts started researching and experimenting and by June 1904, they perfected the recipe. They created a delicious rich and creamy new milk chocolate with more milk than previous chocolate recipes.
While advertising, production and packaging designs have evolved over the years, the Cadbury Dairy Milk recipe is still basically the same as it was in 1905.
Rye and Milk Chocolate Pairing Results
First I tried the Cadbury Milk chocolate with some Black Bottle blended whisky and some Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt whisky. Not great pairings. The sweetness of the milk chocolate is just too overpowering and dwarfs the whisky taste. There was no balance between the elements.
Then I tried the Rye and milk chocolate pairing. The spicy notes in the Rittenhouse Rye balanced out the sweetness of the milk chocolate perfectly. The Rittenhouse Rye enhanced the milky creamy notes of the Cadburys and created an interesting contract. Truly delicious! A wonderful pairing. What do you think of this rye milk chocolate pairing?