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Old 12-16-2012, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default What should I use for fortifying a chocolate mulberry port?

I made a chocolate mulberry port a few months back. Upon its most recent racking, I noticed that the chocolate flavor wasn't quite up to par. I've decided to add about 8 oz of cacao nibs. I'll need to sanitize them in some kind of hard alcohol first, so I figured I'd do something that complemented the flavor of the port. I was going to just do plain old brandy, but then I figured I'd ask here and see if anyone has any other recommendations.

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Old 12-18-2012, 04:43 AM   #2
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I did a choc cherry port and fortified with double distilled shine mixed with Godiva liqueur. At 20% the Godiva was too low to fortify on its own without having to use an excessive amt. if you don't have shine, use everclear or a neutral brandy. That Godiva stuff is awesome, but super chocolatey and sweet, so use moderately.


Mine will be ageing for a couple years, it is fiery hot right now at about 18 %

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:32 PM   #3
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I ended up just going with a neutral spirit. I was worried about ruining the taste of the existing port.

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Doug....how did the port turn out for you? Glad to see you are at this stage, and the time to pick mulberries again will be here before we know it!!

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Ask me in a few months. I want to see what it's like with the extra bit of chocolate flavor. I might want to backsweeten it a bit, too. I hit the FG I wanted, but the acid is a bit high, so I'm thinking of adding some additional sugar.

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