This is certainly not the first, nor will it likely be the last chocolate flavored whiskey to arrive on the market, but Heritage Distilling’s Cocoa Bomb Chocolate Whiskey is the most recent. Starting with Heritage’s own high-corn bourbon recipe and then flavored with chocolate and cane sugar, it aims to satisfy the sweet tooth of whiskey lovers everywhere. Let’s see.
The nose hits with a little bit of vanilla and cinnamon before the baking chocolate notes arrive. The palate is as promised: chocolate all the way through, with some of the expected bourbon-y notes of oak and vanilla arriving in short order. There’s a little bit of heat towards the finish, which lingers for a few moments before diminishing into more chocolate and a little bit of ginger.
Mixing this into an Old Fashioned provided minor complexities to the cocktail, especially with orange bitters, but ultimately served as a novelty to the traditional, and not something I would indulge in with any regularity. Bottling this at a higher proof may have provided slightly more heat, complexity, and adventure. Variations on the theme would be a most welcome experience. As the inaugural bottling, it is a serviceable, restrained divergence from the well-worn path.
B / $35 / cocoabombwhiskey.com