Noticing that a new shop opened on Westbourne Grove, I popped in to see what Alexeeva and Jones is all about. I quickly knew that lovely, familiar smell – chocolate!
It must have been my lucky day because they had invited one of the chocolatiers in from the range they sell and were offering a wine and whiskey tasting.
The chocolatier was Iain Burnett, The Highland Chocolatier. He has an extensive culinary background and offers chocolates with various interesting flavours and combinations made from Scottish ingredients. Alexeeva and Jones is the only retail shop in England where Iain’s chocolates are available. I was fortunate to meet him and learn more about the fresh cream chocolates he produces using 2 local herds of cows and how the flavour changes over the seasons depending on the weather, environment, and where the cows are kept. As this is true of the local dairy I purchase weekly, it made sense though I had never considered that the taste of fresh chocolate would be altered.
Upon entering, I was greeted by an excited staff member, Sean, requesting that I take a seat so that he could offer me the chocolate and whiskey tasting. I did as I was told and was presented with this beautiful platter of chocolates, each accompanied by a shot of scotch. Though I protested at being offered so many, it was explained that each had been paired with a chocolate and should be enjoyed together. What a lovely experience this was!
The tasting was per the below.
1- Nigerian Ginger Truffle paired with
Cragganmore 12-year old 40%
2 – Cocoa Dusted Velvet Truffle with
Dalwhinnie 15-year old 43%
3 – Lemongrass Truffle with
Glenkinchie 12 year-old 43%
4 – Cinnamon and Clove Praline with
Lagavulin 16-year old 43%
5 – Assam Tea & Green Cardamom Truffle with
Oban 14 year-old 43%
6 – Raspberry & Black Pepper Truffle with
Talisker 10-year old 45.8%
I did enjoy all of the chocolates and some of the pairings were really nice and something I never would have put together on my own. My favourite pairing was #1. But the chocolate that was by far the best was #2, the cocoa dusted velvet truffle. It melts in your mouth and is utterly delicious. Iain explained to me that because it is so pure, it must be kept in the refrigerator until it is to be served so if you go in Alexeeva and Jones, be sure to ask for it. The next best in my opinion were #4 and #6. I am a sucker for cinnamon and having it combined with chocolate and clove made it even better. The raspberry and black pepper combination was unusual.
Alexeeva and Jones offers many great package gift options
Or great fresh chocolates to enjoy.
Alexeeva & Jones
297 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill W11 2QA