Woodford Reserve recently partnered with award-winning chocolatier Phillip Ashley Chocolates to celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday.
The Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon paired with chocolate is what the two feel is a great holiday pairing. The twice-barreled bourbon is known for its rich flavor profile full of sweet aromatic flavor notes and three different chocolate pairings are said to accentuate different characteristics of the bourbon, master distiller Elizabeth McCall noted. These include white chocolate, milk chocolate with almonds and sea salt dark chocolate.
The Kentucky distillery worked with Ashley Rix, a chef out of Memphis, Tennessee, who specializes in crafting custom-made chocolates.
“Chef Phillip is a true master. He did an extraordinary job bringing all of the flavors found in Woodford Reserve Double Oaked to life,” McCall said in a prepared statement. “By focusing on the non-sweet aromatic notes in the bourbon – wood, grain, spice, and fruit and floral – he provides an elegant way to train the palate to taste these nuances.”
Phillip Ashley’s Double Oaked-inspired offerings include white chocolate with a strawberry smashed, milk chocolate with orange and vanilla bean, blonde chocolate with caramel apple finished with sea salt, and maple-infused dark chocolate.
The chocolates will be used in special bourbon tasting events around the country. A limited number will be sold at Woodford Reserve Distillery in February along with a special Double Oaked and chocolate tasting experience. Additionally, Woodford Reserve will launch a sweepstakes on the brand’s Instagram page (@woodfordreserve) to give away two boxes of chocolates to 20 winners. The winners will also be invited to an exclusive private virtual tasting experience with McCall and Rix.
“Woodford Reserve Double Oaked has long been a favorite drink of mine,” Chef Ashley said. “These chocolates I created highlight the incredible flavors in the bourbon and transform the tasting experience.”
Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.