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Chocolate Makes Everything Better—Even Cigars
Written by Megan Gordon

Wednesday, 04 March 2009

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The Sticks—Fruit & Spice

 

The Sticks—which are just that—are filled with Sri Lankan Cinnamon, Turkish Star Anise, French Raspberry and Italian Lime. The raspberry and lime varieties have a liquid center that allows the flavors to slowly cover the tongue. The spices are infused into the chocolate. The Sticks are designed specifically to capture the fruit and spice essences in various cigars and do so very well. The flavors are light and bright.

The Rings—Leather, Musk & Wood

The Rings are disks of pure white, milk and dark chocolate with nothing added. Each disk features chocolate from a different region of the world, which have slightly different characteristics and background notes. This is a pure chocolate experience that somehow manages to, once again, recall a fine cigar. This line also features a palate-cleansing ring infused with mint to reset your taste buds for the next experience.

The chocolate is smooth, creamy, melts slowly on the tongue and is not too sweet. The flavorings are strong, but blend well with the chocolate and never overpower it. The Leaves are the most exotic tastes in the collection and may be better for the more adventurous palate. But one of the mixed collections should offer a taste to suit almost everyone.

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Each piece in each line has been prepared carefully and thoughtfully. The ingredients have been chosen to compliment each other perfectly, the right chocolate with the right flavor. And only the best will do here. This isn’t just fine chocolate, it’s luxury chocolate that should be savored one piece at a time. They would make an interesting addition to your smoking ritual. Certainly they are worth trying at least once.

Included in each box is a guide to help you discover the possibilities of pairing cigars with chocolate. Each variety is made to compliment or enhance the quality of certain types of sticks. For example, the guide suggests that the Bee Pollen Leaf should be enjoyed with full-bodied, spicy, earthy smoke. Think of the guide as a jumping-off point for experimentation.

Do you have to smoke cigars to appreciate these chocolates? Not at all. This is luxury Swiss chocolate that will please both the cigar aficionado and the chocolate aficionado.

There are six Grauer collections to choose from: three mixed collections, which feature all the flavors and three line collections, which feature each of the three lines—Leaves, Sticks and Rings—individually. Prices range from $65 to $275.

Grauer chocolates can only be ordered online at grauerchocolates.com or by phone or fax, but the company packs each collection in boxes made especially for shipping and offers a freshness guarantee. They will retain their freshness for between four and six weeks.






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