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Vanilla Extract - Tahitian

Biscuits's picture

Ha!  I get to christen the new baking folder!


Anyway - was buying some more vanilla extract today.  My favorite is Neilssen-Massey, of course.  But I saw that now they are selling not only Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract, but now are selling Tahitian vanilla extract as well.


Now, I've tried the vanilla BEANS of both Madagascar and Tahitian, and appreciate their differences, but have never seen the extract.  So - of course - I had to get some Tahitian as well and will compare the differences.  I think I'll do a simple cookie to test the difference.


Anyone else see this?


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APonKP's picture

(post #63278, reply #1 of 10)

I just picked up a 4 oz bottle of N-M the other day.  It is organic, but still Madagascar Bourbon.  Was there a difference in price?  I think this bottle was $13 at Berkeley Bowl.  Wish I could find a few bottles in the back of the cupboard, like Charlotte.  After getting two bars of Sharffenberger unsweetened chocolate and one of Callebaut, and my other groceries, my bill was $175 when I checked out! 

It wasn't more expensive because it was organic, though.  The regular was the same.  Have you tried the vanilla from Penzeys? 

It is appropriate that you were the first to the Baking section, your being a pastry chef, after all.

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One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
Biscuits's picture

(post #63278, reply #6 of 10)

I have tried Penzeys vanilla extract, and I may be in the minority, but I thought it was blah-tasting.  Even the double-strength - it just didn't have any umph, you know?  N-M vanilla is my favorite vanilla extract.  Lots of flavor and scent and richness.


I love my Tahitian vanilla beans - very fruity and bright tasting.  Can't wait to see the extract.


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APonKP's picture

(post #63278, reply #7 of 10)

It sounds like I would be well advised not to mess with perfection.  N-M is really delicious.  I keep thinking I will order some of the beans on e-bay, and then forgetting before I get the job done.  Thanks. 

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
Biscuits's picture

(post #63278, reply #8 of 10)

I just received the two bottles of extract.  I opened them and did the sniff test.  Surprisingly, the are very different in scent.  As different as the beans are.  The Tahitian has a bright, floral, almost peppery scent, while the Madagascar is rich, mellow, smooth.   Think day and night, literally.  One reminds me of a bright, brisk day, the other dark, soothing night.


I'm going to enjoy experimenting with them. 


One downside - not inexpensive.  Not at all. 


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APonKP's picture

(post #63278, reply #9 of 10)

The differences sound intriguing!  Your descriptors are great.  I'll bet you'd make a good wine taster.


One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  A.A. Milne
doyenne's picture

(post #63278, reply #2 of 10)

I had some Tahitian vanilla last year and I like it. I think the best way to determine its flavor is to make custard.  The Tahitian is a little fruitier than the Madagascar. but when it comes to N-M vanilla, what can be bad?

 

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MadMom's picture

(post #63278, reply #3 of 10)

I've gotten hooked on making custard using my Tahitian vanilla beans from "The Vanilla Man."  Absolutely delicious.  Of course, does nothing for my perpetual quest to lose half a Sally.  (On my tombstone, it will say "she never did lose half a Sally.")

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soccermom's picture

(post #63278, reply #4 of 10)

No, it will say "She was a woman--and then some." :)

 


 

 

 

MadMom's picture

(post #63278, reply #5 of 10)

Ahhh...a much better way of putting it, I agree.

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

ArtPollard's picture

(post #63278, reply #10 of 10)

A real good source for vanilla that I have found is the website (of all things) http://www.vanilla.com/ I have been very happy with both my extract and beans that I have gotten there.  You can order the extracts in most any quantity up to gallon size (for distributors, bakers, etc).


The lady who runs it (Patricia Rain) seems to be good friends with David Lebowitz and if he likes her stuff it has got to be good.


-Art

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