Scotch & Scones

Scotch & Scones

We recently sent some samples to a blogger in Boston who owns the blog “Scotch & Scones”.  Tammy writes about her Scotch musings and reviews, as well as baking stories and recipes. She alternates every week, with the occasional pairing of the two.     We became friendly, ended up chatting, one thing led to another and the next thing we knew we were expecting scones in the mail.  Being a Scotch reviewer, they came with tasting notes:   “Nose: Cream dominates, then a touch of caramel and vanilla sneaks in.   Taste: Flaky and soft, slightly crunchy from the topping, not overly sweet, chocolate slips in from behind. Finish: Chocolate lingers on the tongue with a gentle sweetness that slowly fades.   Comments: These scones begs for some strawberry jam or lemon curd with clotted cream alongside a cup of tea…a lovely afternoon snack! (See my posts “Time for Tea” and “I’ll Have That On The Side – Part I & II” for recipes)”   Well, I had a little tasting myself, and here are my tasting notes Nose: It starts out with a reminder grandma baking in the kitchen.  Hints of hugs, love, and repeated stories.  I also kept whiffing a baked-in parmesan cheese that was never there, which I attribute to a pleasant yeast in her mix, and a distinct but welcome lack of excess sugar.     Palate: The palate starts with a soft, buttery crumble that seems like it’s going to fall apart, but holds together just enough to give you a clean bite, and a gentle wrestling with the tongue, which is to be savored.  Melting in...