This is one of only a couple of review samples I picked up at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair earlier this week. Zotter had their full range on display, so picking something to take home was tough. I think it was probably the alcohol that grabbed my attention.
The bar follows the same format as the other Zotter ‘Hand Scooped’ range. It’s a thick block of filling with a thin chocolate coating, and it’s more about the flavours crammed inside than the chocolate itself. As you’d expect from Zotter, all the ingredients are either organic, fair trade, or both.
If you break a chunk off, the filling has a similar colour and consistency to a brownie, but on the tongue, it’s deliciously smooth and creamy with a strong alcohol hit. Of course there’s no artificial whisky flavouring here – in fact, it’s made with a whopping 9% real scotch whisky. It’s perfectly matched with the 70% dark chocolate.
There’s not enough of the chocolate to get a strong sense of flavour on its own, but when combined with the whisky filling, you end up with something that’s chocolatey, warming and incredibly addictive. I had to physically restrain myself from eating the whole bar in one go.
I have no idea if true whisky aficionados will like this. I suspect there are those who would not take kindly to it being combined with chocolate, just as there are those who don’t think chocolate should be combined with other flavours. For the rest of us, this is the perfect warming chocolate treat for a cold winter’s evening.