A harmonious fusion of passions; an audacious blend of aromas; a story of craftsmanship and dedication. This is the narrative of the Alchimie Tablet from La Maison du Chocolat and Maison Benjamin Kuentz, a unseen creation that marries the intense flavor of whisky with the rich lusciousness of chocolate.
Nicolas Cloiseau, the mastermind behind La Maison du Chocolat, and Benjamin Kuentz, the French whisky publisher of Maison Benjamin Kuentz, join forces to challenge the traditional boundaries of chocolate and spirits pairings. Their collaboration results in a chocolate bar infused with the boldness of whisky, achieved through a groundbreaking refinement process. It is more than just a confection; it is a testament to their shared commitment to innovation, quality, and the art of taste.
The creation process of the Alchimie Tablet is nothing short of alchemical. It begins with liquid chocolate being refined in oak barrels for several weeks, soaking up the whisky flavor embedded in the wood. As the chocolate is poured hot into a barrel just emptied of its whisky, it absorbs the aromas and becomes charged with the aromatic strength of the spirit. This is no ordinary chocolate; it is a transformative experience for the senses.
In crafting this delicacy, Nicolas Cloiseau carefully selected cocoa from the Island of Grenada and Ecuador to match the smoky taste of Benjamin Kuentz’s whisky. The spicy temperament of Grenadian cocoa perfectly complements the woody nature of Ecuadorian cocoa, resulting in a dark chocolate bar with a powerful and tangy perfume of citrus notes and a whisky impression.
Nicolas Cloiseau and Benjamin Kuentz embarked on this journey with the firm intention of shaking up the codes of chocolate and spirits pairings. They believe in the potential of this chocolate whisky imprint, which contains only a trace (0.5%) of alcohol, to resonate with contemporary tastes and preferences.
Maison Benjamin Kuentz, established in 2016, is known for publishing French whiskies that are contemporary creations revolving around a permanent range and capsule creations. Benjamin Kuentz, in his pursuit of excellence, explores every corner of France to meet men and women, cereal farmers and distillers, who work with passion and ethics. This ethos aligns with that of La Maison du Chocolat, a house renowned for its dedication to quality and innovation.
This creation is not just a tribute to the craftsmanship of Nicolas Cloiseau and Benjamin Kuentz, but also a celebration of the infinite possibilities that arise when two masters of their craft come together to create something truly extraordinary.
The Alchimie Tablet is a pure origin dark chocolate bar from the Island of Grenada and Ecuador, available for €16 per 80g piece, both in-store and online from October 5, 2023.
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