Match of the week
Chocolate and Cognac
I’m not a great spirits drinker but last night after a day sorting out dusty bookshelves we just fancied indulging ourselves in a small glass of Cognac as a nightcap. It was admittedly a good one - a Hine Antique Cognac which has all the hallmark rich vanilla and spicy notes you look for in a top quality brandy.
With it we had a couple of squares of plain dark chocolate - a Venezuelan bar of 70% cocoa solids from Michel Huvelin in Niort - which perfectly mirrored the smooth richness of the drink. Sometimes simple pleasures are the best.
Offering a selection of really good artisanal chocolates with a glass of Cognac is a great way to finish off a meal, if you haven’t - as we hadn’t - the time or inclination to make a dessert. And it’s a great treat to have to hand for unexpected visitors during the forthcoming holiday season.
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