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The Fish River Truffles, truffle tasting grid.

In this blog post we are pleased to release our very own truffle tasting grid. If you recall from our post two weeks ago where we outlined some of the thinking that was going to the grid's development this week we are not only releasing the grid but happy to provide it in two different formats so that you are able to use it in a way that is most convenient for your situation.


I have included a copy of the grid below so you can have a quick look but I suggest that a more efficient way to view it might be to download the word version which is just below this paragraph. The word file can be printed if a paper version works best for you and has a bit more detail about some of the information about the specific bits of information in each field.


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Finally we have also have an excel version which I think is the best version. It has drop-downs and conditional formatting built in which better visualises how the truffles performs based on its aroma characters to its final paring to ingredients in the plate. There is a catch with this version however, you you are going to have to join us in our truffle group to get access to it. Becoming a member is an easy process which you can start by following this link.


Finally, before you go to the the grid below, just to let you know we also are intending to keep updating and refining the grid. The next version will have more detailed descriptors of the characteristics for each field to help you better understand what you are looking for in the truffle and how to document it. Lastly, you should note that the Fish River Truffle truffle tasting grid only relates to black winter truffles (tuba melanosporum), OK, with all that done, onto the grid.


The truffle tasting grid


Recipe used:

Purchase Location:

Date:

 

Truffle tasting grid

Visual/Physical

Gleba

White, grey, brown, black flesh with white veins

 

Skin

Intact, water, insect, dog, other damage

 

Weightiness/density

Heavy, medium, light for its size

 

Firmness

Firm, slightly squashy, soft

 

Condition

Presence of rot (yes, no)

 

 

Lively aroma indicating freshness (yes, no)

 

Nose

Overall Intensity

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Fruity

Banana

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Fermented

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Winey

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Fresh baked fruit cake

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Treacle

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Apple

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Pear

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Plum

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Apricot

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Pineapple

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Molasses

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Sharp

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Caramel

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Vanilla

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Green fruity Cacao

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Citric acid

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Floral

Green/sweet

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Honey

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Violet

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Marzipan

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Hawthorn

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Balsamic

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Spicy

Vanilla

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Clove

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Aniseed

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Nutmeg

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Rum

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Maillard

Cold roast meats

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Roast beef

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Warm baked bread

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Malt

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Dark chocolate

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Caramel

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Raisin

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Aldehydic

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Cacao

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Ground coffee

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Seaweed

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Smokey

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Buttery

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Creamy

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Cheesy

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Nutty

Cashew

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Pistachio

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Almond

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Walnut

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Oak

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Earthy

Woody

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Dry yeast

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Mouldy

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Leather

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Fungal

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Field mushroom

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Forrest floor

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Soil

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Compost

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Rotting leaves

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Damp wool

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Raw chicken

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Fish

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Vegetal & Herbal

Rotten eggs

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Burnt

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Onion

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Asparagus

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Garlic

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Seaweed

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Tobacco

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Straw

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Damp hay

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Cut green grass

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Leafy

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Minty

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Pine

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Sweet corn

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Leek

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Potatoes

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Cooked vegetables

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Cabbage

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Chemical

Ammonia

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Resin

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Acrylic paint

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Kerosene

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Gasoline

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Phenolic

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Camphor

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Metallic

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Acetone

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Cognac

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Alcoholic

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Solvent

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Acidic

 

Lemon

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Sour

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Vinegar

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Animalistic

Other animal

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Wet dog/fur

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Underarm

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Sweaty socks/feet

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

 

Origin

State

NSW, Vic, SA, WA, Qld, NT, ACT, Tas

 

Region

The region from which your truffle comes from.

 

Farm

Name of the farm your truffle comes from.

 

Tree

French Oak, English Oak, Hazelnut

 

Climate

Moisture

Wet, Normal, Dry

 

Temperature

Cool, moderate, warm

 

Age

Days from harvest

Number of days

 

Pairing (On the Plate)

Physical Incorporation

Grated, Sliced

 

Intensity

Delicate, Moderate, Powerful

 

Complementarity

List the notes picked up from the list above and their intensity.

High, Medium, Low

 

Conclusion

Quality

Your personal rating out of five on the overall performance of the truffle

5 = Loved it – 1=Disliked it

 

Aromas you missed

Are there any aromas you missed detecting in the truffle’s aroma that have become apparent in the plate. Use the aroma list above as a guide.

 

Your notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


And that’s a wrap, I hope you find the grid useful, we would love to hear about your thoughts and experiences if you use it. This is a bit of an experiment so if you have any suggestions or comments I would love to hear them as well.


If you liked this post, please go ahead, and share it with your friends and fellow truffle enthusiasts. If you've got any truffle stories or questions, as always, we're all ears.


Ciao for now truffle lovers.


Carmine

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