As part of “Taste of Yaletown”, local gourmet chocolatier, “Xoxolat” will be offering those stopping by between October 11th to the 27th, the ability to enjoy three whiskey tastings each partnered with eight pieces of their chocolates each. This $25 tasting for two will only be available the duration of the event, Wednesday to Saturday from 4 pm to 6 pm. Reservations are recommended, and given the timing, this will make a great happy hour or pre-dinner option. A great way to set the mood for the rest of your evening to follow. They also so happened to be the converging spot for our “Taste of Yaletown media” tour launch. So with whiskey to start, and a cheers to begin, our night sure started off right.
When it comes to a media tasting: plating and portion size may be gussied up and/or paired down, and the service will usually be top notch. Though I can at least paint you the most accurate image when it comes to the food and the setting, as how I interpret it. But as always, these are my opinions and you need not take them as fact. Unless you have my exact background, have lived my exact experiences, and we possess the same tongue; no one can truly taste and appreciate as you do.
Despite its spelling, the name of this shoppe is read as “sho-sho-la”, a point they make on their awning and again anywhere their logo is presented. And like their product, the name adds a sexy twist to things. Their chocolates are inspired by European chocolatiers, and created for everyone. From those who appreciate a good cocoa bean; to ones such as myself, who want to learn what’s the difference between a bar at the grocery check out, and their imported and locally made products that are produced with quality in mind. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to fully explore their selection or learn more about their chocolate making processes, which is a good enough reason to return.
Their black and white shop had a counter by the door for purchasing their chocolates by the drop. This led into the rest of the room with a wall of shelves and serval makes and flavours of chocolates in bags and packed in boxes to pick up and go. The other side of the room had a counter with glass jars and metal tongs, I reckon that this is where the regular tastings and lessons in chocolate are held. And today centring it all was long table clothed in white. And on it a flute of whiskey and three chocolates for each of us in attendance.
I am honestly not a big fan of chocolate, but maybe it is just that I haven’t found one I truly enjoy. However, I find when you pair chocolate with spirits it is a whole other story, as it takes the experience to a whole other level. The bitterness of the whiskey transforms when followed by chocolate. And the chocolate garners spicier notes when taken after a sip. We only had one whiskey to taste and three chocolate drops to enjoy, so don’t refer to the photo above as a reflection of what you will actually be getting, instead reference the ones below. One chocolate had ginger, another a creamy mousse like milk centre, and the third a nice dark chocolate in its smokey form.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
For all the chocolate lovers out there, this is the unique one to try when downtown, and even more so during the Taste of Yaletown event, so don’t deny your cravings.