Review: Ballotin Original Chocolate Whiskey
Ballotin Original Chocolate Whiskey is one of four flavored whiskeys launched October 2015 by Saloon Spirits. Ballotin is named for the stylish specialty box Belgian chocolatiers made to protect their fine chocolates. The other flavors include Caramel Turtle, Bourbon Ball, and Chocolate Mint. Saloon Spirits Founder Paul Tuell is a former Brand Manager for Brown Forman. The light whiskey base is made from a traditional bourbon mash of 51% or more corn, with wheat and barley making up the balance. The whiskey is aged for two years in used oak barrels. This light whiskey base allows the taste of the natural flavors infused with the whiskey to shine through. Bourbon must be aged in New American white oak barrels that have been charred. The char and new oak from those bourbon barrels would have created a flavor barrier. Natural flavor and caramel color are infused before bottling at 60 proof in Louisville Kentucky.Ballotin Original Chocolate Whiskey pours to a Coca Cola color. The aroma is oak, cinnamon, chocolate shop, and whiskey. The cocoa flavored entry builds to a fudge brownie peak. Sweet cinnamon influenced whiskey flavor, while present from the start also builds in intensity, but never dominates. Vanilla arrives and gives way to melted chocolate and oak flavor. There is mild warmth, followed by a whiskey sting and burn I would describe as gentle on the finish.
Award: Gold Medal