Review: Tea Infused Mooncakes
It is the Mid-Autumn Festival weekend and even the haze won’t stop us washing down our mooncakes with tea – even if we can’t see the moon! These days we are spoilt for choice when it comes to mooncake flavours. From the traditional baked mooncake of lotus paste with or without salted egg yolks, we can get a whole gamut of fillings.
As I really hate the yolk, now I can choose from baked mooncakes without yolks to snowskin mooncakes with a whole variety of flavours.
A few days ago, I decided to try TWG Tea’s snowskin tea-infused mooncakes. Tea to me is what coffee is to other people. Rather than the usual traditional mooncakes, I got my hands on some of these interesting flavours and am here to share with you about them!
Tea Infused Mooncakes
TWG Tea released a collection of 8 tea-infused traditional and snow skin mooncakes entirely hand-crafted by TWG Tea’s Chef Pâtisser. For this review, I will be covering the 4 snowskin mooncake flavours; Pure, Illumination, Dragon, and Celebration.
An ethereal satin white snowskin encases a smooth dark chocolate mousse infused with fruit and flowery notes of 1837 White Tea, revealing a heart of tangy blackcurrant marmalade and white chocolate.
Concealed in a black snowskin, this exquisite mooncake reveals a brilliant composition of a light nutty praline infused with signature 1837 Black Tea and an oriental burst of glowing orange marmalade in a white chocolate heart.
Embark on a journey of wonder and discovery with this scarlet snowskin mooncake embellished with 24-carat gold leaf, filled with Red Balloon Tea-infused nashi pear mousseline and crunchy crumble encasing a refreshing blueberry marmalade white chocolate heart.
Crowned with resplendent purple snow skin, this grand mooncake is filled with a dainty chestnut mousse infused with Autumn Celebration Tea around a mango marmalade white chocolate heart.
For those who do not like the taste of egg yolks like me, you will thoroughly enjoy this range of mooncakes because they have replaced the yolk with tangy marmalade. When I first cut the moon cakes, I thought there were yolks in it and got quite disappointed until I realized it was the orange marmalade.
It is an interesting play of visuals as it gave off the vibe of a real mooncake but it was all different. Same same but different as we Singaporeans love to say.
One of the plus points of TWG Tea’s range of snow skin mooncakes is how soft they are. I have eaten many other snow skin mooncakes and they are mostly quite hard when first out of the refrigerator, having to leave to settle to room temperature before consuming. But amazingly for TWG Tea’s, you don’t have to wait. It comes out of the fridge soft and creamy.
My favourite had to be Illumination, black tea with nutty praline and chocolate filling. I’m not a fan of foods that are too sweet and I felt that the illumination black tea had just the right amount of sweetness that doesn’t make you sick and a slight bitterness from the tea. However, although there might be a tinge of bitterness, you would not be able to distinctly taste the black tea in it. it was more chocolate-y than it was tea. You can keep on eating it as you don’t feel sated
One of the most popular flavours is the Dragon red balloon tea that was sold out before I managed to get some. Coated with 24 carat gold leaf and red in colour, no wonder it’s the favourite.
A set of 4 mooncakes retails at $60 at any of their retail stores or at Takashimaya’s Mid-Autumn Festival mooncake fair at B2. Do get it soon because everything is selling fast!
Republic Plaza, 9 Raffles Place, #01-22
ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #02-21
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, B2-89/89A
Takashimaya Singapore, 391 Orchard Road, Level 2/B2
Singapore Changi Airport, Transit Halls of Terminals 1, 2 & 3