Chocolate & Liquor Tasting On The Disney Dream

The enrichment series on the Disney Cruise Line is one of my favorite things about taking a Disney Cruise. Every time I show up for a class or seminar I know that I will come away with some new piece of knowledge to tickle my Disney loving heart. A couple of weeks ago I posted about the fun Mixology Class my daughter and I participated in, but we didn't stop there. We had so much fun at Mixology we decided to sign up for a second seminar and headed to Guest Relations to book our spot for the Chocolate & Liquor Tasting.

Chocolate & Liquor Tasting On The Disney DreamChocolate & Liquor Tasting On The Disney Dream

Like Mixology, this seminar was also held at one of the bars in Level 4's adult-only entertainment area known as The District. We walked into the chic and pretty Pink cocktail bar about 5 minutes prior to the starting time for the seminar. Tasting stations were set up on the small tables scattered around the luxuriously decorated room. Tori and I took a seat on one of the comfortable velvet love seats and checked out the elegant spread before us. The seminar would consist of four beverage tastings, each paired with a different type of chocolate or cheese. The tasting followed an obvious progression from the lighter flavors, to the most rich and dense.

Each Exceptional Drink Was Paired With ChocolatesEach Exceptional Drink Was Paired With Chocolates

After introducing herself, the host started us off with the lightest of the chocolates & liquors, which were also my favorites of the night. A silky smooth caramel and white drinking chocolate gave the perfect counter texture the bright, refreshing Taittinger Prestige Rose. The sumptuousness of the chocolate was a pleasure on the tongue, the unique blend of cocoa may have been some of the best I've ever tasted. The fruity Prestige Rose embodies the spirit of Pink and has been one of my favorite champagnes for years.

Next up was the 2011 'Paysage' Red Wine from John Lasseter's Family Winery, which was paired with three types of chocolatier's pieces to show us how different percentages of cocoa in the chocolate interact differently with the beverage. The Paysage was a lovely blended red wine with plum notes backed in spices and a a bit of wood on the finish. It's wasn't overly fruity, and didn't have a that drying tannic finish that turns many folks away from red wines. I'll be looking for this one to enjoy at home.

Taittinger Prestige Rose An Exclusive for PinkTaittinger Prestige Rose An Exclusive for Pink

The third tasting was a sweet Port Wine fortified with Brandy. The Port, which was my daughter's favorite offering, was paired with sharp parmesan cheese cubes. The cheese was a nice break from the chocolate and really helped to clear our palates for the more substantial liquors. At this point we were also happy to put something with a little substance and less sugar in our tummies. Though, unlike at Mixology, we had been smart enough to grab a late afternoon meal before heading off to this tasting.

Our last indulgence was the Glenmorangie Signet. A Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, blended from whisky's distilled over 30 years ago and aged in bespoke American Oak barrels. The Glenmorangie Signet is normally served on the Disney ships for $36 an ounce. The whisky was paired with a very thick, rich, and dark, drinking chocolate that we delicately scooped out of a demitasse with a tiny spoon. The gentlemen in our session were very excited to give this one a try and they were not disappointed.

Glenmorangie Signet: Highland Single Malt Scotch WhiskyGlenmorangie Signet: Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Overall I found the experience to be worth the $35 we paid for the Pink Champagne and drinking chocolate alone, but the fact that we got to try so many lovely drinks that I wouldn't normally have ordered made the experience phenomenal. I would absolutely do this one again when looking to spend a relaxing afternoon at sea.

Have you enjoyed the Chocolate & Liquor tasting on any of the Disney Cruise ships? What was your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

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