Review: Bruichladdich and Honest Chocolate Tasting: Woodstock Exchange

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Bruichladdich and Honest Chocolate TastingWoodstock at night is strangely quiet and feels a little edgy. The lights are on, though, at Honest Chocolate in the Woodstock Exchange and the dark chocolate aroma that wafts from it has an almost pantomime magic.

We’re ushered behind the counter and into the ‘kitchen’, where it all happens. It’s full of bearded hipsters standing about sipping Bruichladdich’s Classic Laddie and nibbling on Honest Chocolate’s 72% with Maca.  Known as a source of natural energy, this South American root gives the dark chocolate a delicious malty flavour.

Devon, the head bartender from House of Machines and our presenter for the evening, is so passionate about Bruichladdich whisky that he has a tattoo of the distillery on his arm. Now that’s what I call dedication. He takes us through four of the whiskies, detailing the history of the distillery on Islay (one of the Hebridean islands off Scotland) and its dedication to creating an authentic and characterful product.

Bruichladdich’s whiskies are made from purely Scottish ingredients: all the barley is Scottish, and the water used is from a farm on Islay. There’s a focus on community and on the environment. The tastes that emanate from the whiskies are proof – peatiness, saltiness. Close your eyes and breathe in the Hebrides. Did you know that 80% of the taste of whisky comes from the nose? Neither did I.

We tasted the 88% Honest Chocolate – pure decadence – with the Black Art 1990 whisky as Mike and Ant, the Honest Chocolate team, told their story. Theirs is chocolate that’s made with love, with no artificial additives. There’s no dairy, no processed sugar. It’s handmade from raw organic cacao, sweetened with agave.  Incidentally, they’ve got a café in Wale Street that serves a banana bread bunny chow. No further persuasion needed.

The perfectly peaty Port Charlotte was served alongside Honest Chocolate with coconut oil. This is what love tastes like. Melt in the mouth, they sell it both as a spread and coated, as bonbons. The capped guy next to me announced that the whisky smelt like window putty. He was spot on. Best tasting window putty on earth.

We ended with the Octomore and 72% with Kalahari Sea Salt. A sensorial feast of heavy peatiness and breezes off the wild Scottish seas.

Briony Chisholm
https://navelgazer101.wordpress.com
@shinybriony

The Bruichladdich and Honest Chocolate Tasting at the Woodstock Exchange took place on 27 August 2015.

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Discussion37 Comments

  1. Time to take me husband for a wee taste of Whiskey. With his Scottish blood (from the clan MacDonald – no not Ronald MacDonald) he loves a good good one, and I know it is a bucket list for him to do a wee bitta tastin!

  2. Sounds like there is a whole lot more to eating chocolate and drinking whisky than I realised. I am looking forward to being ‘educated’.

  3. I’ve recently started to submerge myself in the wonderful world of whisky and its fascinating global history. In fact, trying to propose a project at work whereby we promote the culture of whisky. Would be insanely awesome to experience this event. xx

  4. I’ve recently started to submerge myself in the wonderful world of whisky and its fascinating global history. In fact, trying to propose a project at work whereby we promote the culture of whisky. Would be insanely awesome to experience this event.

  5. I have had the pleasure of experiencing Bruichladdich’s whiskies, it is truly an excellent whisky. Combining it with Honest chocolate may just take the experience to a whole new level. I hope I will be lucky enough to find out.

  6. OMW This looks so awesome. Such a good idea and would be such an expirance. who ever gets the tickets is lucky fishes

  7. Nothing I love more than chocolate and whiskey, what better way to experience them both in such a uniquely innovative way… #OnlyInCapeTown #CityLiving #Bruichladdich

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