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Maille Mustard Boutique

sgordon | Dec 17, 2014 03:50 PM

Ventured uptown today to check out the new Maille flagship store - if you're into mustard, it's fun. Tasted a bunch, bought a few. There's only so many mustards one can taste in a row, though.

It's a little pricey - the special varieties (jarred) are $9 for a small, but they're mostly good - everyone's tastes will vary so I'm not gonna describe them all. Then there are the FANCY fancy mustards, on tap, where you have to buy them in refillable crocks. They ranged from $25-$45 for the small crocks.

Those were - with one exception - really good, very wine-forward, the Sauternes one borderline boozy. The one exception was the Black Truffle. Now, of course one should always assume the worst when something just says "Truffle" without any geographic modifier - what kind of black truffle? Of course, It turned out to be none (or if any only shreds) of any kind but in fact my old nemesis, 2,4-dithiapentane instead. Which gives no validity to the $45/crock price tag. Feels a little shady to charge that much for the same chemical additive that's in the $12 bottle of Roland "Truffle Oil" on the shelf at Gristede's. Heck, even the Urbani sauces (which also use 2,4-d) are about half that price for an equivalent amount. Not that I'd pay anything for any of them since I think they all taste like kerosene fumes crossed with that weird two-week-old sprouted garlic head you forgot was in the bottom drawer of the fridge, so I dunno why I even brought it up...

But the Sauternes mustard is really good.

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