There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think gin tastes like their grandfather’s aftershave and thus would never imbibe even a sip and those who think gin tastes like their grandfather’s aftershave and find that oddly appealing. And now the latter group can make the rest of us even more sick with the addition of chocolate to their botanical booze of choice.
In recent years, many craft gins have appeared on the market that add more complex flavors to the simple juniper profile of classic gins. Cucumber, elderflower, ginger and coriander are just some of the flavors that have helped bring gin to a wider audience. And those flavors make sense with the herbal flavor of gin, but they’re just not that exciting.
Belgian chocolate maker Xolato is making gin more interesting than ever with X-Gin, which not only includes juniper, but also more exotic ingredients like cocoa beans from Colombia, Pietmonte hazelnuts, Avola almonds, wild Madagascan chili peppers and vanilla pods. And the result is supposedly surprisingly light, as hard as that is to believe.
Even Xolato director Stieven Victor had reservations, telling the Martini Whisperer:
“We wanted to make something different from everything that was out there and were already into chocolate with our Belgian chocolate brand Xolato.
“So we decided to try if a cocoa infused gin could work. Our first thought was that it would taste horrible. We ended up with more than 20 different versions and found something really delicate and special about the final version.”
Even the gin lovers here at RSVLTS HQ don’t know what to think of it, so we’ll have to order a 500ml bottle for $40 (yikes!) and let you know. In the meantime, we’ll just try eating M&M’s while sipping Beefeater.