Virginia Experiment (Tonka/Blackberry)

Virginia Experiment (Tonka/Blackberry)

So found out I can get tonka beans on Amazon and thought let's give this a go!

It is some quite fragrant stuff! To me it smells like white cake with cream cheese frosting!

So made up the sauce:

  • 150g Water
  • 150g Sugar
  • 1 Tonka Bean
  • 1 cap full of distilled white vinegar

Put in a sauce pan and put on medium heat. Let it boil until sugar dissolves. Let stand and cool.

So I did 100g Bright Virginia with the blackberry casing (0.5oz) and 100g Bright Virginia with tonka casing (0.5oz). I will let these sit in air tight bags all night and drop in the press tomorrow.

After sitting all night I combined the two batches and dropped in the press. The tonka cased Virginia smells amazing.

After compacted I pulled the form and put a C-Clamp on it. I will keep it pressed for about a week and then maybe stove.

After a week I stoved it for 3 hrs at 200F. The result is beautiful . . .

Smoking the burnt ends now, which were quite dry, and getting heavy rye bread and a little something in the background that will likely develop nicely with a little age.