Craft Spirits and Craft Chocolate
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Walk past the glass front of the red brick building on Conover Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and the first thing you notice is the cute little chocolate shop. If you look a bit closer, you can see the vats of molten chocolate, and you know that Cacao Prieto is not just a chocolate store but is in fact a chocolate maker. Once you step inside, you can smell that there’s something else going on here. As you look around, you notice that some of the machines you assumed were part of the chocolate making process look quite a bit more like copper stills. And who barrels chocolate, anyway?
Cacao Prieto is simultaneously one of the most unusual artisanal chocolate makers and unusual distilleries. Of course, this is a great thing. In addition to the fine dark chocolate bars and candies (most of it 72% cocoa), Cacao Prieto uses its chocolate in both a chocolate rum (Don Rafael Cacao Rum) and a chocolate liqueur (Don Estaban Cacao Liqueur). Both are excellent. A coffee liqueur made specially for Brooklyn Roasters is coming soon, and we can’t wait to try it.
Then, of course, there is the Widow Jane Bourbon. We can’t say enough good things about, so we had to offer it to our members on Caskers, starting Friday. This limited edition (only 1,500 bottles) bourbon begins life in Kentucky. After the folks at Cacao Prieto select the best barrels they can find, they bring them over to Brooklyn, where the whiskey meets with water from the Widow Jane Mine in upstate New York, the very same mine whose limestone is found in the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge and the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. This mineral-rich water infuses the whiskey with incredibly interesting, uncommon and uncommonly delicious flavors. Widow Jane is an experience to be savored.
There are some interesting things happening in Red Hook these days, and a whole lot of them are happening at Cacao Prieto.