Charbonnel Et Walker chocolates, Mayfair, London
Beautiful golden flavour in the champagne truffles. Textbook stuff. However, the chocolates lack the snap and texture that comes from proper tempering. I'd go there for these champagne truffles, once in a while, although they're no match for the versions at La Maison du Chocolat.
Rose flavoured choc bon bon were only pleasant as were the gernaniums one. Sweet and flowery, with less emphasis on the choc.
Decent caramel truffle but nothing special.
I had some marvellous truffles at William Curley Mayfair (in Shepherd Market), the earl grey was particularly good - though the green tea one lacked any kind of tea flavour. The hot chocolates are also pretty excellent as well - rich without being overly sweet and cloying.
I really like the truffles at Wiliam Curley too!
And agree about the hot chocolate at William Curley - just had some recently. As you described, I like the fact that they let the choc speak for itself. Have you tried the hot choc at Paul A Young? They let you add our own spices. I like it a lot, but it's a different style from the plain hot choc at William Curley (how are the other versions there?).
I'll have to check out Paul A Young - I hear he also adjusts his method depending on the weather...crazy! I tried the spiced hot chocolate at WC, which was absolutely divine. I liked how it was lightly spiced and not in-your-face, so the deep dark chocolate flavours still shone through without it being WOAHHHH CINNAMON!! I'm quite curious to try the chilli one...
A great find Limster. I don't know if you've tried Cocomaya yet, but if not I would love to have you review it! I was walking by a few months ago and wandered in. It's a like a jewelry store or fashion boutique, with beautiful vitrines and antique mirrors. The chocolates themselves are tiny jewels made with a range of subtle flavors. The staff are very friendly. I was thinking of reviewing it myself but there's no way I could do as good a job as you!
35 Connaught St, Paddington, Greater London W2 2, GB