It’s been a while since we’ve reviewed any chocolate from Matcha Chocolat, so I was really looking forward to trying this new limited edition Valentine’s Selection.
The day after they were sent, they arrived in perfect condition at my door, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The box follows the same format as previous Matcha selection boxes, although this time the box of 16 contains two of eight different chocolates – in other words, it’s a great box for sharing with your partner.
The chocolates are:
Cardamom & Banana
Banana purée, cardamom and dark chocolate ganache in a dark chocolate shell.
Banana very often doesn’t work well with chocolate, but this ultra smooth puree is just perfect. The flavour is subtle and works perfectly with the spicy warmth of the cardamom. Fantastic.
Chestnut & Japanese Whisky
Single origin São Tomé chocolate blended with chestnut puree and Yamazaki 10 year single malt whisky and decorated with sesame seeds. This one has a very light texture and is packed with flavour. The whisky is strong without being overpoweringly alcoholic, and although the chestnut is more subtle, it does come through at the end.
Madagascan dark chocolate with Vietnamese cinnamon. This one a Great Taste award last year and it’s easy to see why. A perfect flavour balance means you can taste all the fruity notes from the Madagascan chocolate whilst still getting a significant hit of cinnamon.
Matcha & Pistachio
White chocolate ganache with pistachio paste & matcha tea, dipped in dark chocolate and dusted with bright green sweetened matcha tea. Easily the most eye-catching of this selection, and also one of my favorites. The sweetened matcha dusting adds texture and flavour to this deliciously smooth pistachio chocolate.
House Dark Truffle
A simple dark chocolate truffle made with single origina cacao from São Tomé and dusted in cocoa powder. A simple, smooth and delicious truffle that’s packed with flavour. I could eat these all day.
Dark chocolate with jasmine green tea. This one won both Great Taste and Academy of Chocolate awards last year. I’m not a big fan of jasmine personally, but I know many people who simply love this chocolate, and I can see why it has won so many awards.
Ginger & Lemongrass
Madagascan dark chocolate with ginger and lemongrass. A gently warming flavour with a smooth texture. Once again, the natural flavour notes of the Madagascan come through. An impressive feat with a flavour as strong as ginger.
Another Madagascan dark chocolate, blended with yuzu puree in a dark chocolate shell with a textured floral pattern. A beautifully tangy, citrus ganache that melts in the mouth wonderfully.
There are some amazing flavour combinations in this stunning box of chocolates that look every bit as good as they taste. Matcha’s Katie Christoffers makes all her chocolates from her tiny kitchen by hand, yet somehow manages to produce a world class product. In my opinion, she’s one of the most talented chocolatiers in the UK and fully deserves the recognition of the awards she has received.
If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift for a real chocolate lover, then stop looking now. You’ve found it right here.