Disclaimer: For this review I was sent samples of the chocolates, Templeton Rye and Four Roses Single Barrel for pairing purposes.
Father’s Day is coming and you could do a lot worse than getting Dad a box of the Mash Bill Truffle Collection from Vosges.
The Collection contains a dozen truffles:
- 2 Whiskey: Templeton rye whiskey + tart cherry + tobacco + 62% cacao dark chocolate
- 2 Bourbon: toasted pecans + Four Roses single barrel bourbon + 45% deep milk chocolate
- 2 Scotch: coconut & cocoa nib caramel + Bruichladdich Port Charlotte scotch + 45% deep milk chocolate
- 3 Stout: Rogue chocolate stout + 62% cacao dark chocolate
Pairing the Whiskey truffle with a pour of Templeton Rye is fantastic. The cherry and tobacco flavors in the truffle come through first before giving way to a creamy dark chocolate. The rye elevates these flavors in the way great pairings do.
Four Roses Single Barrel is a fantastic bourbon on its own, but the pairing is not quite as successful. The 100 proof bourbon is a bit dry on the finish compared to the sweetness of the truffle. Surprisingly, I found the dark chocolate of the rye truffle to be sweeter than the milk chocolate of its bourbon counterpart.
While I didn’t get to try pairings with the Scotch or Stout truffles, they were delicious on their own. As a dad myself, I know I’d appreciate whiskey and chocolates for Father’s Day.
Or really any day.
Thomas Fondano has been drinking bourbon and trying every bottling he can get his hands on since last century. While he enjoys all types of whiskeys, bourbon remains his go-to whenever he says, “I need a drink.” He lives with his wife and two children in Portland, Oregon where he makes cocktails every day at 5pm. Read Thomas' full profile.