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Premium chocolate created in local collaboration with distillery

A limited-edition, premium chocolate bar has been created in a collaboration between two craft enterprises located in the Mourne Mountains.

The two companies are Killowen Distillery and NearyNógs Chocolate Makers, both located near Newry in Co Down.

NearyNógs is Northern Ireland’s only producer of bean to bar stoneground fine chocolate, while Killowen is a producer of Irish whiskey blends finished in rare casks sourced from across the world.

The chocolate, which is already being enjoyed in Denmark and Norway, uses whiskey matured in Solara dark rum casks by Killowen’s Master Distiller Brendan Carty for the rum and raisin flavour.

The premium chocolate, a 68% cacao from growers in Peru’s Ucayali region which links with the Amazon, was sourced by Shane Neary, who founded NearyNógs with wife Dorothy in 2011.

“We are both neighbours in the Mournes and had been talking about linking up to produce something quite different for some considerable time,” said Shane. “Brendan suggested we could produce a limited-edition bar using Killowen’s recently launched whiskey from the dark rum cask.

“This led me to start researching a suitable supplier of premium cacao beans from our network of contacts in South America. I settled on the Peruvian beans because of their fine and flowery flavour which I reckoned would blend perfectly with Killowen’s rum cask whiskey.”

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