Chocolate & Malt Whisky Pairing

None of Iain Burnett's chocolates contain alcohol.  However, Iain has become world renowned for his chocolate pairings.  He has many years of experience pairing chocolates with food by some of the world's greatest chefs and with drinks with some of the world's greatest distillers and wine makers.  He works with Scotland’s favourite distilleries to match carefully balanced chocolate flavours perfectly with the unique characteristics of individual malts. Each enhances the other in an exciting way!

Read on for a chocolate tour of the whisky regions of Scotland. We offer boxes containing nine chocolates of the same flavour, each complementing a particular whisky.

Or, perfect as an introduction to whisky and chocolate pairing, there are Selection Boxes of chocolates which perfectly match a range of the most popular malts and we have jointly created a Limited Edition box to match Malts from our friends at Mortlach Distillery.  

Whisky Tasting Box of 20 Paired Chocolates

Whisky Tasting Box of 9 Paired Chocolates 

More information on each chocolate can be found in the Chocolate Selection page. 

 

Highland Malts

The Highland region is so large that it is difficult to identify defining characteristics of its whiskies, covering as it does a broad spectrum of terrain from coastal to high mountains and southern foothills. That is what makes this group of whiskies so interesting! Compared to some, Highland Malts, are recognised to be smooth and floral. This is supported by the pairings to Chai Truffle, Rose Truffle and exquisitely smooth Velvet Truffle Classic.

Aberfeldy 12 year old from Aberfeldy, Perthshire pairs with Raspberry Truffle

Aberfeldy 21 year old from Aberfeldy, Perthshire pairs with Milk Velvet Truffle

Clynelish 14 year old from Clynelish, Sutherland pairs with the caramel-filled Heart of Gold

Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve from Alness, Invernesshire pairs with Dark Velvet Truffle

Dalmore King Alexander III from Alness, Inverness-shire pairs with Dark Velvet Truffle

Dalwhinnie 15 year old from Dalwhinnie, Perthshire pairs with Dark Velvet Truffle

Deanston 12 year old from Doune, Strirlingshire pairs with The Velvet Truffle - Classic

Deanston Spanish Oak Limited Edition from Doune, Strirlingshire pairs with Orange Truffle

Deanston Virgin Oak from Doune, Strirlingshire pairs with Ginger Truffle

Dewars 12 year old from Aberfeldy, Perthshire with Orange Truffle

Dewars 18 year old from Aberfeldy, Perthshire pairs with Lime Truffle

Oban 14 year old from Oban, Argyllshire pairs with Chai Truffle

Signature from Aberfeldy, Perthshire pairs with The Velvet Truffle - Classic

Tullibardine Baniels Finish from Blackford, Perthshire pairs with Rose Truffle

Tullibardine Sovereign from Blackford, Perthshire pairs with The Velvet Truffle - Classic

Tullibardine 20 year old from Blackford, Perthshire pairs with Ginger Truffle 

Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish from Blackford, Perthshire pairs with Lime Truffle 

Speyside Malts

In general, Speyside malts are lighter in colour and on the palate, tending to deliver honey and vanilla notes just like the Milk Velvet Truffle. Depending on the age and the type of cask used, deeper spicy notes emerge as demonstrated for example by pairings with dipped candied cherries. 

Benrinnes 1976 from aAerlour, Moray pairs with Strawberry Truffle

Benromach 10 year Old from Forres, Moray pairs with Raspberry Truffle

Benromach 100% Proof from Forres, Moray pairs with Milk Velvet Truffle

Benromach Peat Smoke from Forres, Moray pairs with Cinnamon Praline

Benromach 30 year old from Forres, Moray pairs with Espresso Truffle

Cardhu 12 year old from Knockando, Moray pairs with Strawberry Truffle

Cragganmore 12 year old from Ballindalloch, Banffshire pairs with Ginger Truffle

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask from Dufftown, Moray pairs with Milk Velvet Truffle

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Madeira Cask from Dufftown, Moray pairs with Ginger Truffle

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask from Dufftown, Moray pairs with Raspberry Truffle

Glenfiddich 12 year old from Dufftown, Moray pairs with Milk Velvet Truffle

Glenfiddich 15 year old from Dufftown, Moray pairs with Orange Truffle

Glenfiddich 18 year old from Dufftown, Moray pairs with Cinnamon Praline

Glenfiddich 21 year old from Dufftown, Moray pairs with Lime Truffle

Glenfiddich 30 year old from Dufftown, Moray pairs with Dark Dipped Cherry

Glentauchers Exclusive from Mulben, Keith pairs with Orange Truffle

Linkwood 15 year old from Elgin, Moray pairs with Rose Truffle

Macallan Gold from Craigellachie, Moray pairs with Dark Velvet Truffle

Macallan Amber from Craigellachie, Moray pairs with Lemongrass Praline

Macallan Sienna from Craigellachie, Moray pairs with Orange Truffle 

Macallan Ruby from Craigellachie, Moray pairs with Ginger Truffle

Mortlach 15 year old from Dufftown, Moray pairs with Dark Velvet Truffle

Mortlach 30 year old from Dufftown, Moray pairs with Raspberry Truffle

Mortlach Exclusive from Dufftown, Moray pairs with Cinnamon Praline

Knockando 12 year old from Knockando, Moray pairs with Dark Marzipan

The Signet by Glenmorangie from Tain, Ross & Cromarty pairs with Dark Velvet Truffle

Singleton 12 year old from Dufftown, Moray pairs with Orange Truffle 

Smiths Glenlivet 15 year old from Ballindalloch pairs with Milk Velvet Truffle

Island Malts

Island malts are distinctively peaty and smoky in flavour with a strong aromatic nose. They are typically balanced by warm strong flavours of dark chocolates such as Raspberry and Black Pepper Truffle or spicy Cinnamon Pralines, although fresh citric notes can be enhanced by pairing with a fresh Lemongrass Praline. 

Bunnahabhain 12 year old from Isle of Islay pairs with Lemongrass Praline

Caol Ila 12 year old from Isle of Islay pairs with Espresso Truffle

Caol Ila 2001 from Isle of Islay pairs with Lime Truffle

Caol Ila Moch from Isle of Islay pairs with Lemongrass Praline

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2013 from Isle of Islay pairs with Raspberry Truffle

Caol Ila Unpeated Stitchell Reserve from Isle of Islay pairs with Lime Truffle

Highland Park 8 year old from Orkney pairs with Passionfruit & Mango Truffle

Lagavulin 16 year old pairs with Cinnamon Praline

Laphroaig Select from the Isle of Islay pairs with Dark Velvet Truffle

Ledaig from Isle of Mull pairs with White Raspberry Truffle

Talisker 10 year old from Isle of Skye pairs with Raspberry Truffle

Tobermory 15 Year old from Isle of Mull pairs with Cinnamon Praline 

Lowland Malts

There are fewer Lowland Malts and they are acknowledged to be gentle and light. Imagine the fresh, light flavour of lime with the warm finish of a hint of chilli. 

Glenkinchie 12 year old from Glenkinchie, East Lothian pairs with Lime Truffle

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