Sake no Hana’s bar in St James’s in London has introduced flights pairing chocolate with Japanese whisky.
The £29 flight features three whiskies chosen to tell the story of Masataka Taketsuru, who spearheaded whisky in Japan and founded leading producer Nikka with his first distillery in 1934.
The blended Nikka from the Barrel is paired with Alto el sol chocolate from Peru as both have a rich aroma and matching fruity notes.
Hibiki 17 Year Old is paired with spiced kumquat and nutmeg ganache, a Venezuelan 72% chocolate that matches and enhances the strong, spicy notes of the whisky.
Nikka’s Yoichi single malt is paired with a smoked salt ganache – a milk chocolate chosen to balance and not overpower the smoky flavour of the whisky.
The bar stocks over 30 Japanese whiskies including some of the rarest releases in the world. Coinciding with the flight, it is serving four Japanese whiskies that are not on offer anywhere else in the UK.
The whiskies are Ichiro’s Hanyu The Joker, Karuizawa 1983 Geisha, Karuizawa 1989 and Hanyu (Silent) Ichiro’s Final Vintage.
Due to the rarity of the whiskies, Sake no Hana will have only one bottle of each for serving and, once each bottle has been emptied, no more will be available.