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A taste sensation... but it's hiding something.
on 17 July 2016
I first bought some of this after my mother had been banging on about it and asked for it for Christmas. I then bought some to try for myself. After a small transaction hiccup that was quickly and professionally resolved by Truffle Hunter, I got to taste this for the first time last night. So... bear in mind I've never tasted truffle before. I eat a very clean diet, follow my macros etc, so I have a fairly conservative taste: Chicken and vegetables mostly. I dabbed the smallest amount of this oil onto some chicken and the taste was... completely transformed. It's like NOTHING I've ever tasted before, and I really like it. I put some more on the rest of the chicken, and it was delicious. Having developed a taste for it, I went looking for other things to try it with. I tried some on a peice of protein cheese. Again: Amazing. It's a taste sensation. Tonight I'm going to bake some fresh bread and try it on that, maybe with some butter. I want to try it as a salad dressing, drizzled on a pizza... popcorn... I'm going to need to buy more of this. So my point is that it's a great product, I just need to work out a way to not get fat and bankrupt!
<Added a few months later> So.... what are they hiding? Well, I got curious about the tiny fragment of truffle floating in the oil. Is that really enough to impart all that amazing flavour? Their website claims that 'Our passion is sourcing the best quality fresh truffles, from the best locations, so that we can sell them directly to you', and 'all of our truffle products are produced in small batches at our Cotswold base'... so I asked them about the mysterious 'Truffle Flavour' they mention on the ingredients. They emailed straight back to say that they 'use a nature identical product'. I asked some more specific questions, to which they haven't replied, but some further probing reveals that the flavouring used in truffle oil is '2,4-Dithiapentane', which is the 'dimethyldithioacetal of formaldehyde, prepared by the acid-catalyzed addition of methyl mercaptan to formaldehyde' (Source: Wikipedia). Doesn't sound like the 'fresh truffle products, produced in small batches' that they would have you believe you're buying. Not something you would find growing in a country forest and cook up with fresh ingredients in a farmhouse kitchen, but something that a scientist in a white coat synthesises in an industrial laboratory... But I stand by my original paragraph - the bottom line is still that IT'S DELICIOUS AND REASONABLY PRICED.