This limited edition spirit was created in collaboration with Taza Chocolate of Somerville, MA. We started with an extra fiery batch of our chipotle pepper-infused vodka, which went into a used bourbon barrel. We then we added Taza’s cocoa nibs and shells to the barrel and allowed the spirit to mature. The result is a spicy, rich spirit with layers of smoked chile pepper and dark chocolate. Fire Puncher Black is not sweet. Like a tightrope walker, it balances the naturally complex flavors of roasted chiles and cocoa beans as it deftly navigates the line between vodka and whiskey. First impressions are of roasted poblano and coffee, the palate is quickly awakened with a burst of spice from the chipotles that fades into a nutty, dark chocolate finish.