Monday, 21 March 2016
Taylor’s 2010 Late Bottled Vintage with Green & Black’s 70% Dark Organic Chocolate
I generally find the best matches for chocolate are whiskey and an espresso; if table wines struggle to match chocolate's bitter-sweetness, fortified wines hold the best chance of standing up.
Chocolate-based deserts are usually a good match for port, but does chocolate itself work?
There was only one way to find out.
Taylor’s Late Bottled Vintage (£15 Asda, The Co-Op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose) black cherries, eucalyptus and spice, followed by a blast of pure blackcurrant with mouthwatering sweet-sharpness - cool mint and a peppery spice. Complex, supple and expressive.
Green & Black’s 70% Dark balanced, aromatic and smooth, with some dried red-fruit and a supple waxy texture.
Somewhat unexpectedly, the wine actually overpowers the chocolate - the fruit and menthol flavours of this youthful port are just too strong in this case.
But don't let that stop you from enjoying either of these separately - or from trying them together to make your mind up for yourself.
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