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A taste of Burdick's

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A taste of Burdick's

Limster | Jun 20, 2002 03:57 PM

I recalled feedme's thread a while ago (as well as several other recommendations), and stopped by Burdick's this afternoon after a very garlicky but otherwise undistinguished falafel sandwich around Harvard Sq.

Got a 4 piece tasting: (and an ice tea to cleanse the palate a bit)

Lapsang Soochong - hard to catch the tea here, but the chocolate was very smooth and eloquent. It likely to be just me, but I think tea flavors can be very ephermeral. From past experience, teas seem to have lovely effect of subtly smoothing out the darker flavors of chocolate without announcing their presence, so it's likely that this was at work here.

Clove - a clever and even hand with the dark spice. Just enough to get things interesting.

Ginger - Sweet airy pipes from the candied root blended well with the chocolate.

Cognac - a small taste-sized handshapped truffle. Cognac is subtle but it's there. Wish there was a more pronounced crackle from the shell. Comes side by side with another truffle radiating warm from caramel (I believe).

I do profess a very personal preference for handshaped truffles with a bittery coat of cocoa, but these small molded chocolates seem just fine.
The chocolate is very refined, smooth and well tuned, as are the flavors which complement instead of overwhelm. There's none of the mild soury aftertaste that one sometimes encounters. At $1 a piece, it's an extravagance, but a very pleasurable one indeed.

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