I don’t know about you, but there is nowhere in the world I find more inspirational for food than Japan. It’s their astonishing palate of ingredients and obsessive perfectionism. Of all the Magnificent Creations that I have made in the last year, it is the Japanese ones in the first Tasting Box that have given me the most pleasure. This month I couldn’t resist returning to that theme.
Gen Yamamoto’s cocktail bar in Tokyo opened my eyes to so many Japanese flavours and ingredients. It is quite an experience. There’s space for just 8 people so you book your place as you would in a restaurant and sit back and watch as magic is conjured. He has a set menu of perfectly conceived cocktails. This sounds daunting but it isn’t about the alcohol, the alcohol is simply there as a carrier of flavour. Spices are ground, juices are squeezed and there is barely a whiff of anything as prosaic as vodka or rum… rather fresh Sake or Shochu. It’s like a Michelin star menu in liquid form.
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This letterbox sized Tasting Box contains 10 x 50g chocolates, including 2 Magnificent Creations which are limited edition chocolates made specially for my Tasting Boxes
4 x single estate dark bars: Sambirano 71, Rio Caribe 72, Las Trincheras 72, Chulucanas 70.
2 x flavoured dark bars: Ginger Lime and Luscious Orange.
2 x 100% cacao naturally sweetened with fruit and nuts: : Pistachio Date, Orange & Almond.
2 Magnificent Creations
– Yuzu & Almond, Baracoa 66 dark chocolate with yuzu and roasted almonds. An aromatic Japanese take on the Mediterranean classic orange and almond. When I came to make this chocolate, I naturally turned to the Baracoa bean with its soft honey notes. Beautiful.
– Miso & Mirin, Awajun 70 dark chocolate with miso and raisins soaked in Mirin. Salted caramel has become so incredibly popular because it is that wonderful combination of salty and sweet. Here the barley miso provides an umami take on salty and the mirin soaked raisins bring bursts of floral, fruity sweetness. This is one joyful bar of chocolate.
The Flavour Map and Tasting Notes explaining why I make the chocolates as I do.
Only Natural Ingredients
Suitable for vegans
Free from dairy products, alcohol, gluten and soya
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