Sunday, 5 January 2014

Charbonnel et Walker Dark Marc de Champagne Truffles

I received these Charbonnel et Walker Dark Marc de Champagne Truffles as a Christmas gift. The fancy packaging is very traditional and distinct of Charbonnel, "Purveyors of fine English chocolates since 1875" parading their prominence... especially with the gold embossed font

When opening the packaging I was greeted with a fine alcoholic aroma and 8 truffles! They were far from small, but only having 8 suggested quality over quantity

Each truffle looked and smelt luxurious in their petit four cases. The perfectly spherical truffles were lightly dusted with cocoa powder. I loved the hard chocolate coating contrast with the truffle filling. The coating had a nice thickness too however that made it a little challenging to eat. The ganache filling was creamy, smooth and not as dark as I was expecting which was a nice surprise

The dark chocolate was of 77% cocoa solids. The ingredients of these truffles were quite minimal (to an extent) which was reassuring of the quality, but also I saw that a little white rum was infused into them

Overall, the taste of the Marc de Champagne is subtle, dominated by the dark chocolate. The aroma, on the other hand, was a lot louder when it came to the alcohol which paired superbly with the high cocoa content

My favourite thing about these truffles would be the feel of the bite. Also, the fact that the added flavours (Marc de Champagne, vanilla & white rum) didn't give an artificial taste

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