All of Demarquette's chocolates are of very high quality, yet they have still managed to create a series of Masterpiece selections that go above and beyond what you could ever expect to get from a chocolate.
These masterpieces are very expensive (£32.50 for twelve truffles), so I only buy them when I have a discount code. The price can be understood once you bite into them though.
With my 50% off discount code, I bought a mixed box of twelve truffles containing six 'Imperial China' and six 'Royal Marina'.
Marc Demarquette made the ganace for these truffles using a uniquely divised technique that volumises the ganache to make it extra light and add more flavour.
Imperial China has been awarded a triple gold star and nominated for one of the Top 50 Foods in Britain. The cubed truffle has a chocolate shell engraved with gold Chinese symbols, which is the imperial seal of Emperor KangX. Made using harmonious Vietnamese, Malagasy, and Venezuelan cacaos, it is also combined with white monkey tea, to add a delicate, but highly rewarding note of jasmine.
My favourite, however, is the Royal Marina; also awarded a triple gold star, it uses two single estate cocoas from Madagascar to create a 68% cocoa ganache infused with Madagassy bourbon vanilla. The notes I pick up on, however, are not vanilla, but that of red currents.