Monday, August 15, 2016

Unboxing our new favorite treat: the TWG Tea mooncake

The weekend was full of sweet things. It was my eldest boy's birthday, and my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and brother-in-law also celebrated theirs. So we had a lot of glorious sweets to indulge in! But we started the weekend sinking our forks into TWG Tea mooncakes.

Okay, just so you know, my husband and I love tea. I like coffee more than tea actually but my husband can't stand coffee. He likes a beer but I don't drink alcohol. So the only drink we agree on is tea. And Coke haha. One of my favorite dates with Vince is sharing a pot of tea over smoked salmon sandwiches at TWG. The warm light, the dark wood, the white linens, the muted clink of forks on porcelain, and the fragrant aroma of teas... Vince and I must go on a TWG date soon. However, since that hasn't been possible in a while, we had a TWG breakfast at home instead! Let's unbox:
I love that orange box!
Pretty and mysterious.
Gorgeous really!
Okay, somebody got impatient!
Oh, that sweet glaze! 
That vivid green! 
We got two cakes: the Constellation from the Traditional Collection and the Jade from the Moonskin Collection. 
I love the crunchy melon seeds embedded all over the soft sweet brown filling, which surrounds the salted egg heart! 
It's soooo soft!
And so chocolatey!

Since it's the Mid-Autumn Festival (that's exactly today, August 15), we got to try the special TWG Tea mooncakes. TWG Tea has two new collections of four special mooncakes each—eight exquisite mooncakes for you and your family to enjoy.

Here's how TWG Tea describes each mooncake:
TWG Tea Traditional Mooncakes 
Constellation This iconic signature of the mid-autumn festival holds within a golden crust a smooth and elegant Singapore Breakfast Tea infused brown lotus filling, a scattering of roasted melon seeds and an embedded salted egg yolk heart. A timeless favourite.  
Jewel Encased in a rich chocolate brown crust, this exclusive TWG Tea mooncake boasts a luxurious dark chocolate orb surrounded by a white lotus paste scattered with decadent Amarena cherry chunks and infused with Paris-Singapore Tea.  
Ruby Wrapped in a perfectly baked bold red crust, this surprising TWG Tea mooncake features lemon zest and dried mango chunks in an Ivory Palace Tea infused brown lotus paste contrasted by a unique kaffir lime and almond paste heart.  
Midnight Wrapped in a sumptuous baked crust as dark as the night, this exclusive TWG Tea mooncake showcases an aromatic almond paste centre with crunchy blackcurrants cradled by a white lotus paste infused with Blue Lotus Tea and scattered with dried cranberries. 
TWG Tea Snowskin Mooncakes  
Flame Emanating the warm glow of a lantern, a brilliant orange snowskin mooncake embellished with a precious gold leaf, conceals a Festive Night Tea infused citrus mousseline that cradles a lavish heart of cherry ganache.  
Jade Decked in a skin of creamy celadon, this grand mooncake features a lustrous Sencha infused mousse ornamented with chocolate crumble pieces encasing a milk chocolate ganache centre.  
Pure An ethereal satin white snowskin mooncake encases a smooth dark chocolate mousse inflected with the fruity and flowery notes of 1837 White Tea, revealing a heart of tangy blackcurrant marmalade and white chocolate.  
Illumination Concealed in a black snowskin, this exquisite mooncake reveals a brilliant composition of a light, nutty praline infused with 1837 Black Tea and an oriental burst of glowing orange marmalade in a white chocolate heart.
My little Piero loved the Jade mooncake. He destroyed it with satisfaction!

TWG Tea says it's best to enjoy their special mooncakes with their Festive Night Tea, a green tea blended with cherry blossom, red fruits and rose petals. Must definitely visit a TWG Tea salon this week!

A set of four Mooncakes retails at P1,840 for Traditional and P2,140 for Snowskin. Individual mooncake gift boxes retail at P475 for Traditional and P550 for Snowskin. Prices may vary in Cebu. Available at all TWG Tea Salons & Boutiques in the Philippines.

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