Hi, I promised I’d give you feedback once I’d eaten the chocolates. We saved them for my partner’s birthday dinner, and I can now report as follows:

First, I was struck over again by how brilliantly they’re presented: classy but unfussy, beautiful but not showy, as if just quietly confident of themselves. At the end of a really special celebration meal where presentation was almost as important to me as taste, they (both packaging and actual chocolates) looked perfect.

Second, having followed your instruction about not keeping them in the fridge, but with some nervousness during the recent very hot weather, I was dead impressed that they were still in perfect condition visually as well as to eat.

Which, finally, we did. And we both agreed these are amongst the best chocolates we’ve ever tasted. And I can’t stress enough that we’re both really major chocoholics, and while Luke’s a bit of a Cadbury’s fan as well as appreciating good stuff, I’m not, so I’d rather save up and buy the best occasionally than spend a little and often on crap. So I’m comparing with the best. In fact I’d say these are the best alcoholic centres I’ve had. The liquor is really there, in clear and defined flavours even in the more complex mixes; but somehow it manages not to overpower the actual chocolate, so that those flavours come through too. I’ve had excellent alcoholic centres before where one or the other was true – the good clear alcohol flavours even when mixed, or the flavours of really good chocolate still coming through – but never quite both in such perfect balance.

Very, very impressed.

My specialist areas include both consumer and commercial contract, I’m happy to work for chocolates. Provided it’s those chocolates.

Hilary Delamare

Choctails® was founded by husband and wife team Simon and Hilary Delamare. Simon's suggestion of putting cocktail flavours into chocolate took Hilary's chocolate-making hobby to new heights, until in May 2012, the decision was made to turn the hobby into a full time business. The domestic kitchen became a production factory by day, and the dining room was given up to become a place where hand-made chocolate is crafted

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