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A regular customer
of Boston Vanilla Bean Company, Albino Tuosto of
a professional chef of 22 years and frequent forum
contributor, since 2001, to winespectator.com
hosted a party of close friends and fellow wine Connoisseurs.
The goal, evaluate vanillas from around the world.
Chef Albino chose Boston Vanilla Bean Company for the variety
and quality of our beans.
As a medium he chose a gourmet vanilla ice cream recipe to
showcase the vanilla bean flavors.
The recipe was designed to enhance the tasting experience.
Seven beans from various origins were used in the same recipe
250 grams of whole fresh unpasteurized cows milk
120 grams of fresh processed whipping cream
1 day old organic egg yolk
75 grams of organic sugar
10 cm of whole vanilla bean seeds scraped out
All ingredients are macerated for 24 hours and cooked to
just short of the boil.
Remove vanilla bean pods.
The mixture is then frozen in a Nemox ice cream machine.
The samples were served in the following order
3. Papua New Ginuea
5. Tahitian BVBC
6. Tahitian purchased in Sweden
Madagascar Results: Nice vanilla tone, fresh, spicey, quite
complex, mid-long after taste,
"The best Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla that I have ever tasted",
said Chef Albino.
India Results: Fresh and flowery, more primary aroma due
to missing terciary aromas, sweeter
than the Madagascar but less complex, floral freshness, mid-long
Papua New Ginea Results: Encompasses the flavor notes of
Madagascar and Indian, nicely complex,
fresh but deeper aroma ala fresh tobaco, Sri Lankan black
tea, long and persistant, "A great vanilla bean"
Uganda Results: This sample really tasted different with
the deepest aromatic structure.
The tasters were spilt. The aroma somewhat like the forest
floor, ceder, a hint of macis, fruity like huckleberry, a
very long, nice after taste " I really like this one for
the special taste" says Chef Albino.
Tahitian: BVBC Tahitian, "The sample from Grower A had a flowery,
more complex taste than the sample from Sweden but not the
incredible fruity flavor and round aroma profile, the BVBC
Tahitian sample had notes that reminded me of peach-blossom
with a sugary sweetness. The sample from Grower B had a stronger
vanilla flavor, more complex and intense, like grand cru
chocolate from Venezuela, the sweetness was more like a blond
caramel with a hint of maple-syrup in the background, longer
aftertaste I would say it was different than the Sweden bean
but at the same level", said the chef.
Mexico: The most complex of all beans sampled. "Truely a
giant" says Chef Albino.
It is very aromatic and floral with a deep fresh flavor.
Combines the best of all the beans sampled, super sweet and
velvety, an extremely long and persistant after taste. All
of the tasters rated this bean tops.
Here are the tasting notes from the others of the Chef's
David's tasting notes: Madagascar: white chocolat, made the
icecream thin, relatively long aftertaste
Indian: richer fatter, less spicy, less of a long aftertaste,
better for icecream
PNG: shortbread, madeline, tobacco, medium plus richness,
medium plus aftertaste length, a good compromise, but litle
Ugandan: peat and wood, cognac like, white and green pepper
and very long aftertaste, very interesting indeed, very unlike
Tahitian BVBC: Grower A had a flowery, more complex taste
than the sample from Sweden. Grower B had a stronger vanilla
flavor, more complex and intense Tahiti "Sweden", rich no
edges, butter-fat, very good, though not competly persistent
length, less spicy and subtle than the best, excellent for
Mexican: makes the ice cream taste as if there is more egg
yolk, yet shows off more of the great milk quality, more
citrusy, finess notes of caramelised sugar, tobacco and coconut,
most complex and subtle,
it was the only vanilla bean that did not cover the high
quality of the other ingredents rather the Mexican Vanilla
2) Uganda Tahitian "Sweden" BVBC Tahitian Grower B(tie)
4) Madagascan Indian (tie)
1) Mexico, had by far the most power in taste
2) Uganda, loved the different but extraordinary aroma (Rainer
adds an exra point for everything that has an uncommon aroma)
3) Madagascar, flowery sweet, bees wax aromas
4) Tahiti "Sweden", the roundest, BVBC Grower B (tie)
5) India, for it's sweetness
6) Papua New Guinea, the most common taste
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