Whilst I was at Paul's Heal store trying out his Salted Caramel Cream Tea I also got the chance to pick up a range of some of the chocolates he has on offer at the minute, a selection of 9.
Rum & Raisin
It looked very elegant from the exterior with it's gold dusted shimmer - there was quite a strong alcoholic flavour emerging from this chocolate, with definite notes of rum, I didn't however pick up a lot of raisin. Not really my cup of tea because I'm not a huge fan of alcoholic chocolates but I can imagine if you were then this would definitely be one for you!
Cigar Leaf Caramel
I was really intrigued to try this chocolate; I was told by a couple of members of staff in the shop that this was their favourite chocolate and I can see why. A deliciously smoky caramel in a dark chocolate shell it's exiquisite. If you've tried Paul's Sea Salted Caramel then you know how good his caramels are and this is no different, the caramel is almost spicy. Definitely something a bit different in terms of your take on a normal caramel but delicious nonetheless.
An olive oil truffle; something that at the forefront sounds a bit peculiar and not something you might naturally tend towards. Once eaten you realise how well this works; the olive oil creates a ganache so beautifully creamy and smooth that it melts in the mouth instantly. The flavour has a slight savoury note to it, a bit like Paul's Marmite chocolate, just not as intense.
Any readers of this blog will know that I absolutely love a good praline chocolate; this one was absolutely beautiful. Just the right balance between sweet and nutty with a lovely creamy smooth praline texture. Rich and delicious.
Another take on Paul's classic caramel, this time using rhubarb. The flavours work so perfectly well here, the sweet caramel paired with the tart and vibrant rhubarb; its fresh, fruity and tart yet sweet at the same time.
In the same mould as Paul makes his Sea Salted Caramel chocolates we have the Lemon Cheesecake; this was right up my street. The lemon cheesecake centre was gorgeous both in terms of texture and flavour, zingy, fresh and packed with lemon flavour, with a gorgeous light cheesecake texture. I could quite easily have eaten another couple of these.
I had quite high hopes for this chocolate; such a quintessentially British product the idea of Pimms in a truffle, I thought, was great. I think it may just boil down to me not being a huge fan of alcohol in chocolates again, or maybe it was the fruity Pimms flavour in chocolate that I just didn't feel worked. Others may enjoy it but this one wasn't for me.
I love passion fruit as a flavour profile and this definitely didn't disappoint; a gorgeously creamy smooth texture. Sweet, vibrant and tropical. This added a great contrast to some of the deeper, richer chocolates in the box.
A delicious, fresh, fruity vibrant chocolate. This was lovely and refreshing and had just the right amount of sharpness.
Taste - 8.5/10 - A great, interesting selection of chocolates.
Texture - 8.8/10 - Delicious, the olive oil chocolate was of particular mention.
Appearance - 8.2/10 - All of the chocolates look stunning.
Price - 7.6/10 - I believe a 9 piece box is priced at £15.50; great for a special treat or gift.
Overall - 8.3/10 - Something for everyone.
WHO FOR?Great for a gift or if you fancy treating yourself to some higher quality chocolates.
WHERE TO BUY?Any of Paul's stores across London.