Suntory has teamed up with Japanese chocolatier Maison Cacao to launch two whisky chocolates. Based in the historical town of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, the chocolatier specializes in “aroma chocolate.”
The two new chocolate flavors are made with Suntory’s Yamazaki and Hibiki whiskies. The first, made with single-malt Yamazaki, is called Maison Legacy, and it starts with a dark chocolate base that Maison Cacao describes as having a gently tart and spicy astringency with a deep, roasted nut aroma. The subtle sour notes of Yamazaki allow it to creep quietly onto the palate, but as the chocolate melts in your mouth the Japanese whisky’s flavor becomes more pronounced, leading to a finish that the chocolatier promises will have you thinking “Ah, I’m drinking a glass of Yamazaki.”
Meanwhile, the Maison Artisan starts with a milk chocolate base, into which is welcomed Suntory’s Hibiki Japanese Harmony. The smoother sweetness of the milk chocolate lets the Hibiki make its flavor and unique floral scent known the second you pop the chocolate in your mouth.
Both chocolate flavors are on sale now through Maison Cacao’s online shop and physical store in Yokohama, and will also be offered for a limited time at its branches in Tokyo (Jan 26-Feb 14), Osaka (now until Feb 14), and Nagoya (now until Feb 14). Both the Maison Legacy and Maison Artisan are priced at 3,465 yen ($30 USD).