Thursday, December 22, 2011

Whiskey and Chocolate? What's Not To Like About Prichard's Double Chocolate Bourbon

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 5:55 AM

We always love it here at Bites when local artisans team up to create something new and different. And delicious. Over the summer at the Atlanta Wine and Food Festival, I was fortunate to try a few sips of a beta project between Corsair Artisan Distillery and Olive and Sinclair Southern Artisan Chocolate. The result of this holy union was a very intriguing chocolate-infused whiskey, but I knew at the time that it was probably just something they were playing around with rather than a potential production release.

In the end, that wonderful product was fleeting, and Corsair has moved on to some other really exciting projects which I'll tell you more about soon. However, Scott Witherow and his crowd of mad scientists at Olive and Sinclair have partnered with another nearby distillery to create another incarnation of this choco/whiskey hybrid. Prichard's Distillery in Kelso, Tenn., is best known for their specialty rums and they have just recently moved into the whiskey business. Starting with their Double Barreled Whiskey, which is distilled and initially aged by another distillery and then finished in new charred oak barrels in Kelso, Prichard's has now progressed to making their own Tennessee Whiskey, a fine 5-year-old spirit.

Continuing with their quest for innovation, Prichard's has now created a 90 proof Double Chocolate Bourbon. Although the exact process remains a secret, it's clear that Prichard's was seeking the essence of the cocoa bean rather than the buttery chocolate creaminess that you might expect out of say, a Godiva liqueur. Don't expect to make any chocotinis with Prichard's, thankfully.

Instead, the innate vanilla, nutmeg and brown sugar flavors and aromas that are already apparent in Prichard's whiskey are subtly complemented by the hints of cocoa on the nose and on the tongue. Really, the chocolate character is most noticeable in the aromas hovering over the glass after taking a sip instead overpowering the flavor of the actual whiskey. This is a drink best enjoyed neat, so the warming effect of your hands on the glass and some gentle swirling can stir up the aromas of Olive and Sinclair's contribution to the party. Damn, now I'm making myself hungry (and thirsty) just by typing this.

This product is brand-new and was just released to liquor stores this week, so I'm not even exactly sure of the retail price yet, but I imagine you could probably trade a portrait of U.S. Grant for a bottle. (That's a $50 bill.) I do know that the man himself, Phil Prichard, was at Frugal MacDoogal's yesterday signing bottles, so they're sure to have a few if you want to pick some up for the holidays.

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