The perfect balance of fudgey and cake, moist and chewy, these brownies are infused with pure Bourbon Whisky. Hints of Bourbon notes beautifully highlight the bittersweet chocolate flavors. The roasted & salted pecans add a crunch and burst of flavor that can’t be matched.
I received this brownie in my November Knoshbox.
The flavors in this brownie are really intense … you don’t need a tea with flavors that will attempt to compete here. Instead, I found something that helped bring out some of the dimension in this tea. I chose this Unsmoked Lapsang Souchong from Townshend’s Tea. The hint of smoke from this tea accented the bourbon in a really delicious way, and it also helped reduce some of the cloying qualities of the brownie just a tad.
What I Think:
OK, the first thing that excited me about this brownie … besides the fact that it was a brownie … is the SIZE of the brownie! It’s HUGE! Seriously, it is approximately three and a half inches long by two and a half inches wide! It’s almost an inch thick too! Thick, rich, fudge-y goodness!
The brownie is indeed fudge-y. Brownies are usually either cake-like or moistly fudge-y, this brownie is somewhere in between … fudge-y, yes, but there is a certain cake-like texture to this too. It is deliciously decadent and chocolate-y, and so rich that I could not finish the confection in one sitting.
After consuming approximately one-fourth of the brownie, I started to get that “overly sweet/cloying” kind of feeling from the brownie. This enormous brownie is best enjoyed over several sittings – or perhaps shared with someone (or a couple of someones!)
I taste a note of Bourbon here, but, it acts to accentuate the sweetness of the chocolate more than serve as a distinct flavor of its own. Although, I won’t deny that I did feel a little “warm” after I ate it, as if I had just imbibed a wee bit of alcohol (or perhaps indulged in something sinfully chocolate-y). And the pecans added a nice crunch to the brownie, although I found myself wishing that the pecans had been stirred into the brownie batter rather than just sprinkled on top of the brownies. That is to say, I wanted more pecans in this brownie.
In addition, the close up photo of these brownies show flakes of what I am guessing is sea salt, I would have liked a little more of that in my brownie … I didn’t see any sea salt flakes atop my brownie. I think that the extra salt would have helped to cut through some of the sweeter/cloying notes, while helping the flavors to better express themselves. I got a wee bit of a salty note as I ate the brownie, but, there really wasn’t enough of it to call this a salty/sweet kind of treat.
My Final Thoughts:
I absolutely loved this brownie. I love that it was so enormous that it was actually two servings rather than one! It was delicious, I could feel the effects of the Bourbon a few minutes after eating the brownie (seriously, I am having to correct some typos as I may be slightly tipsy after eating this brownie!) and I could also definitely taste the Bourbon but I liked that it wasn’t a strong, protruding flavor that overwhelmed the rich chocolate flavor. And it is indeed a delicious, dark chocolate-y delight. More pecans would have made this brownie a “10” … as it is, I’d rate this an 8.5.