Demarquette is an artisan chocolate maker, so you know that whatever chocolates you buy from them, the quality is going to be high. But even amongst the highest quality products, there are some chocolates that go one step further, and make for something truly special. Demarquette's Imperial China & Royal Merina fall into this category.
At £30 for a box of twelve, they certainly don't come cheap, but it is no surprise considering that they are both triple Gold Star winners, including accolades such as 'Best Speciality' and 'The Top Fifty Foods in Britain'.
Imperial China is lovingly handmade and decorated with the stenciled Imperial Seal of Emperor KangXi. The cacao is sourced from Vietnam, Madagascar, and Venezuela, and infused with white monkey tea, which gives it a subtle, yet distinctive herbal flavour, with notes of jasmine.
The ganache in both of these chocolate truffles is amazing. They are extremely rich, but very light at the same time. If you squeeze one between your fingers, it slowly bounces back.
Out of the two, the 68% Royal Merina is my favourite. It uses two Madagascan single origin cacaos, and although the vanilla flavour is less prominent than the tea in Imperial China, the texture is out of this world.
You can buy these chocolates in a mixed box, with six each, or if you have a preference over the two, then you ca buy them individually.