There’s whisky in the bar.
Just once a year, chocolate makers Foundry Chocolate throw caution to the wind and release a special edition whisky infused bar. And when two huge personalities meet, you can expect fireworks.
This year, Foundry has introduced their Ucayali River, Peru single origin chocolate to Thomson South Island Peat Single Malt Whisky and the result is a sensorial sensation.
Together this dynamic duo erupts in a rock opera of boisterous berry notes and melodious smoke, building to a spectacular crescendo of exuberant spices.
This limited-edition 70% bean to bar chocolate began with cacao beans from family-owned farms alongside the Ucayali River, Peru. David from Foundry then drenches these exquisite cacao nibs in a heady ocean of New Zealand’s own Thomson South Island Peat Whisky. Then he gets to work in his little chocolate factory to create a bar absolutely bursting with bravado.
Janelle, the other half of Foundry, designed the limited edition packaging with swirls of melodious smoke silhouettes threading through bold rivers of pink and red hues, that represent the berry notes of Ucayali River’s cacao.
It’s only once a year Foundry Chocolate releases their limited special edition whisky infused delights, with each bar and micro-batch numbered by hand, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Foundry Chocolate information:
Foundry celebrates the remarkable personalities of the world’s finest cacao by crafting and ageing micro-batches of two ingredient chocolate, but just once a year they throw caution to the wind to create something wildly different in their little foundry in Mahurangi, New Zealand.
Thomson Whisky and South Island Peat information:
Thomson Whisky, based in Riverhead, Auckland, seek to satisfy the treasure hunter within. Committed to quality over volume Thomson Whisky release only a limited number of hand- selected whiskies each year and is proudly 100% NZ owned and operated.
Thomson love what they do; making craft whisky for the modern enthusiast. Artisan. Premium. Progressive. By traditional methods for contemporary ends – it’s all about a passion for the spirit, creativity, and respect for the process.
South Island Peat is an update from the barrel. Made from 100% New Zealand grown malted barley, smoked using South Island Peat, and distilled through their copper pot still, it’s their peated release in its youth.
Ucayali River Cacao is a central fermentary that works with cacao farmers along the Ucayali River – one of the headwaters of the Amazon River - outside of the Peruvian city of Pucallpa.
Working with around 400 smallholder farmers with one to three hectares of land each, Ucayali River Cacao buys wet cacao at a premium price, then centrally ferments and dries it.
Cacao Beans, Organic Cane Sugar, Thomson South Island Peat Whisky.
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free and 100% Plant Based.
Also alcohol free, as the way Foundry make the chocolate ensures all alcohol is evaporated off, while still retaining complex whisky flavour notes.