Artisan. Handcrafted. Small-batch. Single-grain. Locally sourced. Heritage. This might sound like the beginnings of a joke about current food trends, but the maple syrup these words describe is seriously good. It’s called Noble Tonic 01: Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup. A mouthful—but a delicious one.
When you can get an artisan version of just about any food these days, it’s easy to grow cavalier about the craft behind such quality. But taste is a lot like love. Sometimes you can know in an instant all you were missing before. Next to the complex flavors of Noble Tonic 01—a rich maple syrup carefully aged in charred oak bourbon barrels and spiked with a bit of single-grain bourbon from Tuthilltown’s micro whiskey distillery—Aunt Jemima’s seems like a joke. Even the good grade B stuff at the grocery can’t compete with this pure amber syrup sourced from heritage sugar shacks in Québec’s storied maple orchards.
The beautiful, wax-sealed bottle is the result of Mikuni Wild Harvest’s commitment to the collaboration and craft of our new American food tradition. Mikuni began as a team of wild mushroom foragers trusted by globally renowned chefs like Thomas Keller. Today, Mikuni’s mission has broadened to bring more quality, small-batch ingredients like Noble Handcrafted syrups and vinegars to the world for discovery.
Noble Tonic 01 is quite a treat with traditional breakfast spreads, like waffles or pancakes, but its sophisticated flavor seems particularly suited to post AM preparations, such as finishing roasted vegetables or stirring in cocktails. Its full, round flavor takes homemade hot chocolate from a child’s snack to a grown-up indulgence. But before you add it to anything, taste it alone. This is one syrup you’ll want to savor.
Find Noble Tonic 01: Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup at Caviar & Bananas, 1 N Laurens St, Greenville. caviarandbananas.com
Bourbon Maple Hot Chocolate
2 c. whole milk
¼ c. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 Tbs. Noble Tonic 01 maple syrup
1 ½ Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
Generous pinch of sea salt
3 oz. bourbon (optional)
Warm milk and chopped chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until chocolate melts and mixture begins to steam. Bring to a simmer, but do not boil or you will scald the milk.
Stir in maple syrup, cocoa powder, and salt. Simmer for another minute. Remove from heat and stir in bourbon, if desired. Divide between two mugs and enjoy.