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So I went back to Xococava to re-try their chocolates because things can change in 2 or 3 years…. While they were nice and used Valrhona, they also use Callebaut and you can taste the difference. I think the Canadian ...
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Today is a celebration of all things chocolaty and boozy but why not treat yourself to the lovely @nineelmsdrinks non-alcoholic cocktail of your choice and some home baked @guittardchocolate brownies (with or without nuts).
Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness - make cocktails for you, bake brownies for you, take yourself out. If your partner happens along, awesome. If not, solo the f**k out of today because you are one-of-a-kind and totally worth it.
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Celebrate a truly poetic feast in the name of Robert Burns with premium award-winning whiskies from @tescofood . From the fruity and floral Speyside to the heartier Highlands, toast a wonderful malt by the fire with friends and family this Burns Night. This is an own brand whisky which have in the past gotten a bad reputation but I feel that the whisky has earned its silver award and deserves some attention.
I got #gifted this bottle of whisky and so both husband and I tried it because I always keep these things for myself and in the interest of balance and fairness I decided to allow him to try a small amount. So he got a sip from my glass.
Hailing from the very north of Scotland, this whisky enjoys extended cask-maturation (with a deck chair and a drink I’m sure) before bottling. Its flavour develops slowly over 12 years (because if it developed more quickly, we’d drink it sooner like some other whiskys on the market) in hand-coopered American oak barrels (as opposed to robotic coopers who just don’t seem to ever get the hang of the thing - humans FTW). Slightly fuller in style than the Speyside, it has layers of rich dried fruit flavours, sweet spice and caramel. A deserved IWSC 2019 Silver Medal winner.
So enough silliness - what was our verdict?
Husband: It was a bit harsh for him. He prefers 18 year old because it is often smoother. He’s not a fan and would probably choose something a little older. (Do note though that husband is a peaty/smoky whisky fan and this is not peaty/smoky)
Me: I enjoyed it. A less challenging whisky and unlike husband, I do not like my whisky peated. I did find this smoother than husband described, it was totally drinkable and light. The barrel comes distinctly through with a gradual build on the palate from sweet notes through to the spice. It’s a straightforward, uncomplicated whisky that would be a good accompanyment to any Burns Night celebrations. I don’t know what he’s on about… even used my @thethreedrinkers @theglencairnglass 🥃
I did genuinely enjoy this whisky. I think I’d likely use it for a cocktail to play in to some of those flavours or maybe add it to a cupcake to make it a super boozy treat!
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