How many of us can recall offhand the full name of TCC? Prior to the act of writing this review, I couldn't. Anyway, The Connoisseur Concerto offers its selection of eight snowskin mooncake flavours to keep your sweet tooth sated this season of joy.
Majestic Mini Snowskin Box S$65.00
There are four non-alcoholic and four alcoholic flavours offered this year. In alphabetical order, the former are Choco Hazelnut, Crème de Oreo, Osmanthus Yuzu and Yuki Kuro Goma, while the latter are Baileys Amore, Caramello Whiskey Truffle, Earl Grey Kirsch and Rum 'V' Raisin.
As the first flavour that I tried, the choco hazelnut mooncake didn't disappoint at all. I enjoyed the adequately rich chocolate paste, which wasn't exceedingly sweet, made even better with crushed roasted hazelnuts that provided a nice contrast in terms of texture.
Crème de Oreo
As exciting as its name might sound, it wasn't a particularly good choice. The combination of lotus paste with Oreo bits was neither here nor there. Having said that, the cream cheese centre was pretty delectable, providing a nice balance to the overall sweetness of the mooncake.
I saved the osmanthus yuzu (a species of aromatic Asiatic citron) flavour for the last, and was certainly glad that I did. There was indeed that floral hint that could be detected from the lotus paste, but the highlight was definitely the citrusy truffle. Had I known earlier, I'd have got another one of this in place of the Oreo flavour.
Yuki Kuro Goma
I kinda like the name of this particular flavour: yuki (lit. snow) refers to the snowskin dough, juxtaposed in colour with the kuro goma (lit. black sesame) paste inside. The latter was pretty rich, nice complemented with the creamy white chocolate truffle in the middle.
As someone who loves Baileys Irish Cream, I certainly couldn't find any faults in this particular flavour. The smooth and rich Baileys truffle was hidden in coffee-flavoured paste that was fragrant enough for my liking. BTW, it's said to be TCC's best-selling mooncake.
Caramello Whiskey Truffle
I had such a high expectation of this selection, only to feel a little bit disappointed after one bite. The caramel paste was neither adequately thick nor perfectly rich and creamy. To be fair, it wasn't bad actually, especially referring to the beautiful whiskey truffle.
Earl Grey Kirsch
Smoky bergamot and citrus notes were indeed present in the paste of this mooncake flavour, although they could certainly be heightened. Similar to the one described above, the paste could be thicker. As for the fruit brandy, the Kirsch truffle went pretty well with the tea aroma.
Rum 'V' Raisin
The 'V' stands for Valrhona chocolate. I was hoping for a "divine blend of rum and raisin", as described in the brochure, but apparently the mooncake didn't live up to its name. The dark chocolate could also be richer. Overall, it tasted somewhat decent.
The non-alcoholic varieties were certainly less disappointing than their alcoholic counterparts. All in all, I prefer those I've had in the previous years. Pika's advice: I'm not sure if you've noticed, but it seems like there are less vendors at the mooncake fair at VivoCity this year. The one at Takashimaya is of a larger scale, so you may want to go there before it ends tomorrow.
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