Lately my coworker JN and I have been talking about macarons a lot, especially since my visit to Leonidas last week. The other day, when I came to work I saw this little package on my desk. Immediately I recognized the logo and knew that they were macarons from Soirette. Turns out JN bought me a couple when she stopped by the shop the night before. How sweet of her!
According to JN and based on its website and Twitter/Facebook, Soirette has a very interesting collection of macaron flavours. And they continue to introduce new flavours so customers will keep coming back for more. Examples include Pink Peppercorn, Rose, Malibu, White Truffle and Pink Himalayan Salt. The store also specializes in tea, so there have been a few flavours that are infused with tea leaves. Knowing that I enjoy fruity flavours and am willing to try new things, JN picked out two vibrant-coloured macarons (which also happen to be the colours of our company logo haha!), and they were two very interesting flavour combinations.
First of all, the blue one is Earl Grey Cassis, mixing the fruity, black currant flavour in Cassis and the fragrant Earl Grey tea together. I could definitely taste the sweetness from the berries. The earl grey taste was quite prominent — you won’t miss it.
The green one is Chocolate Guinness, which is a seasonal item specially created for St. Patrick’s Day. The chocolate ganache filling was creamy and not overly sweet. There’s yeasty taste in the cookies, a bit subtle so I couldn’t tell if it’s Guinness flavour.
Overall, the two macarons were more on the sweet side. They were not very chewy but were light, and quite nutty in flavour and texture.
Also priced at $2 each, Soirette’s macarons are a bit smaller than Leonidas; therefore on my book, Soirette’s would be considered expensive. At the same time, I admire their ongoing creativity in bringing new flavours to the market. I especially want to get my hands on the egg-shaped ones for Easter, only available until Easter Monday. Would also like to swing by the store one day to check out the space.
Soirette Macarons & Tea
1433 West Pender Street, Vancouver