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Issue 43 - TheultimateChristmasindulgence

Whisky Magazine Issue 43
October 2004

 

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TheultimateChristmasindulgence

Wethoughtitwouldbefuntomatchsomefavouritewhiskieswithcigars,coffeeandchocolateforaChristmastreat,sowecalledontheexperts.Thisiswhatwegot

SimonChase,Hunters&Frankau–cigars
GerardColeman,masterchocolatier,
ArtisanduChocolat–chocolate
DominicRoskrow–whiskies
JeremyTorz,roastmaster,UnionCoffeeRoasters–coffee

GlenfiddichSoleraReserve

Coffeeselection:

JT:“ThefairlylightbodyofthiswhiskybutsweetyetboldcitruscharacteristiconthepalatemeansourNicaraguaEstatecoffeefromtheHaciendalaIlusionworksbesthere.Bright,zestywithapunchoflemon,thelargerthanusualsizedbeansalsoimpartanintriguingapricotlike
quality.

“Thecoffeebuildsonthesweetnessofthewhiskythroughitsbrightcitrusnoteswhichbuildverysatisfactorilyonthesoftercandidpeeltoneintheglass.”

Chocolateselection:

GC:“Forthispairing,theLemonCandidPeelfrommycollectionworkswell.Usingmilkchocolateinsteadofdark,thesweetnessiscontrastedwiththeboldercitrustone.Thisactsasabridgebetweenthezestinessofthecoffeeandthemelonqualitywhichisohsoapparentinthewhisky.Forme,thisisareallyenjoyablecombinationwhichislightandfragrant,notchallengingandenjoyableinthelateafternoon.”

Cigarselection

SC:“Myinitialinstinctwastolivenupthisratherlightlookingcombinationbyintroducingacigarwithareallybig,boldcharacter.Mychoice,theCohibaReservaisfullbodiedbutalsohasanintenselydeepsweetness,somethingIfeltwouldcomplementthemelonqualitywhichso
definesthewhisky.

“Yetwhenitcametoactuallysamplethemtogether,Ifeltthatitsdepthofflavoursomewhatoverpoweredthewhisky–althoughitdidcomplementtheNicaraguacoffee'sbrightcitrus-apricotnotesverynicely.

“Nonetheless,theboldnessoftheCohibawasforcingthecombi...

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