Ever heard of an aged Balsamic?
This tiny little bottle from Florence, Italy costs 70 euro.
One drop is enough to send you to heaven and back. It's fragrant, sweet with strong raisin flavour. Definitely not your typical balsamic vinegar.
Yes it's tiny isn't it?
As usual I was hanging out at Tasting Room on one of our dinner and wine night, Ron whipped out this little gorgeous for us to sample.
One of the recipe suggested from the recipe manual (yes there is an eating manual that came along with the bottle) was to pair it with some fine vanila ice cream. So we decided to venture into that.
It's not your typical fusion but then again, this is not your typical cooking vinegar either. At RM350 per bottle, you have to be insane to use it in your kitchen. It's more expensive than a bottle of Chivas.
What you do is spoon a teaspoonful onto one scoop of vanilla ice cream, and savour it.
Sweet, tangy, fragrant and not too powerful (sweetness of the ice cream was actually toned down by the balsamic). It was beautiful.
I know it's odd saying this, but Balsamic Vanilla Ice Cream is one of the best dessert I have EVER tasted! :D