Dark Chocolate Balsamic Truffle infused with an aged Balsamic Vinegar which may make you hesitate when you first think about chocolate and vinegar. These have a dark color with a reflective golden luster that looks a bit like a football or perhaps a cocoa pod. It has a strong dark chocolate scent but no hint of balsamic. It makes no sound when we take a bite simply because the top is thick but the rest of the coating is rather thin; the bulks is the ganache inside which is soft, creamy, and smooth. It has no vinegar flavor but a bit of fruitiness and bitterness when tasted with water. Then we added the Moscato and wow did it change things -- suddenly a sweetness was brought out that countered the bitterness and enhanced the cocoa and fruitiness. Excellent for an end of meal treat with white wine.
Port Wine Truffle made with Brown County Winery's Old Barrel Port. This looks the same as the previous truffle but with a purplish sheen. It has a light chocolate scent but makes almost no sound just like the previous piece. The ganache inside is soft, creamy, and smooth. Our testers varied in their opinions on the flavor -- one felt it was a light chocolate flavor without the bitterness while the other found notes of butter and fruit. Our testers also varied in terms of their opinions of the Moscato with this truffle -- one really didn't like the combination, felt it clashed while the other tester felt that the wine really brought out the port flavor and would be even better with a red wine.
Oliver Vidal Blanc Wine Truffle. These are almond or cocoa pod shaped with a golden sheen. It has a solid chocolate aroma. It makes a soft sound when we take a bite to reveal another soft and smooth ganache center that one tester thought was less creamy. It has a definite white wine flavor that is fruity that the Moscato enhance with some bitter notes that the wine basically erases. Very delightful for white wine lovers but gentle enough for anyone.
Oliver Catawba Truffle, a fully white chocolate truffle with a pink sheen over the tear or leaf shaped top -- our testers differed on how to describe the shape but you can see it in our photo. This has a slight cream and sugar scent that turns very sweet when you take a bite. Surprisingly this makes the loudest sound when we take said bite which is not what you expect from white chocolate. The center is much like the previous truffle but not as soft, it doesn't threaten to spill out. The jelly is very peach in flavor and slightly sour but the Moscato brings out more of a sugary, cotton candy flavor. Really for folks who love sweet, sweet, sweet truffles.
Overall we were very pleased with these truffles in terms of flavor and their ability to change in a positive with with the wine; we're sure guidance on the ideal wine would only improve these more. We also are very happy to see a local chocolate maker turn to other local and state companies to use in her creations. This type of community building benefits all of us in the area in terms of our economy and the quality of our chocolate. For these reasons, this selection of truffles from Peacetree Mountain Truffles earns a Sacrament Status.