I didn’t expect I’d be tasting balsamic vinegar at a chocolate festival; however, Gourmet Blends surprised me. I think of balsamic vinegar as basic, common cooking ingredient.
How much variation can there be in balsamic vinegars? A lot.
I was skeptical. I first tasted their black cherry balsamic. It was so flavorful. The taste of black cherry was very present, but not overwhelming. There were no hints that it came from bland, mass produced extracts (which it did not). You could taste real cherries with an acidic, balsamic punch. It was so good I could picture drizzling it over ice cream — a mixture of ingredients I’ve never thought of before.
So, what brought Gourmet Blends to the Chocolate Salon? A dark chocolate balsamic vinegar!!! It was so weirdly good. This was not for the faint of heart. It’s for the true chocolate lover. There was a subtle taste of a bitterly dark chocolate in an aromatic aged vinegar. So yummy! It immediately put a smile on my face, like other chocolate lovers tasting that epic variation in the photo below.
Then I tasted blueberry, coconut, and raspberry balsamics. The experience was enjoyable. It felt as if I was wine tasting, but more interesting because the flavors varied so widely.
At the end of tasting, my favorite was still their chocolate balsamic vinegar!