Woodford Reserve’s Double Oaked bourbon is the foundation for a recently announced new collaboration with the Jacques Pépin Foundation to produce a limited edition signature box of bonbons, featuring Jacques Torres Chocolate.
Woodford’s Double Oaked bourbon is twice-barreled to create what’s described as rich and colorful flavors. The spirit is matured in separate, charred oak barrels – the second barrel is deeply toasted before a light charring – which extracts additional soft, sweet oak character.
Chef Jacques Torres, meanwhile, created what’s said to be a smooth and silky ganache using the flavorful pairing of 60 percent dark Belgian chocolate with the Double Oaked bourbon. The dark chocolate has floral and vanilla notes that complement the bourbon’s rich flavor profile with dark caramel, nutty, and spice notes.
Each of the signature boxes contains 12 bonbons. Purchasing options include:
- Jacques Pépin Foundation website here ($65): each purchase through the JPF includes a year-long membership to the Foundation at the Commis level. They are only available for purchase until Nov. 12th, since quantities are limited, and they ship the first week of December.
- Jacques Torres website here ($27): available through the holiday season, with proceeds directly benefiting the Jacques Pépin Foundation.
In November of 2020, the Jacques Pépin Foundation launched a virtual membership platform with the first volume of their Cook with Jacques & Friends video recipe book featuring chefs like Ming Tsai, Kwame Onwuachi, Alice Waters, and Thomas Keller.
For the past five years, the Jacques Pépin Foundation has supported community kitchens around the country and provides curricular materials like cookbooks and technique videos, assists in fundraising efforts, brokers relationships between equipment manufacturers and educational providers, and offers grants to community-based culinary training programs.
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