Maison Angelina‘s featured bûche de Noël this year was born of an encounter between the celebrated tea room and the luxury perfume shop Annick Goutal, both based in the elegant Tuileries neighbourhood.
Camille Goutal recalls that when she would visit her mother Annick in her laboratory on rue Castiglione, the two would often head to nearby Angelina to enjoy a hot chocolate and Mont Blanc. Today, the result of Camille’s meeting with Angelina’s pastry chefs is a unique sensory experience: the reinterpretation through taste of Annick Goutal’s emblematic Eau d’Hadrien perfume.
To recreate the fragrance’s symphony of citrus aromas, orchestrated by Sicilian lemon and nuanced by woody notes of cypress, Angelina chefs paired a shortbread biscuit with a compote of lemons, limes and yuzu-basil. A Madagascar vanilla mousse and a touch of orange blossom soften and round out the blend of flavours.
This striking bûche de Noël is decorated with golf-leaf-covered dark chocolate delicately sculpted into butterflies, Annick Goutal’s signature emblem.
Annick Goutal, a pianist and model turned perfumer, launched her first fragrance collection in 1981. Since her passing in 1999, her daughter Camille has followed in her mother’s footsteps and continues to create fragrances for the house along with perfumer Isabelle Doyen.
Founded in 1903 by Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmeyer, Angelina’s Belle Epoque tea room on rue de Rivoli has long been a favourite meeting place for Parisian high society. (Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel were regulars there.)
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