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The last course is a tour of whiskies around the world with what are essentially gummy bears in the shape of whisky bottles. England, Scotland and even Tennessee are represented, and not being a drinker of scotch I really liked experiencing the subtle flavors of the different whiskies. A nice tour of taste without too many calories and all that alcohol. Terrific!
On the way out you are given a small bag from their sweet shop (saved for later).
There is a small chocolate puff with mandarin jelly, a caramel with the flavor of apple pie inside an edible wrapper, and an envelope containing caramelized coconut with a slight infusion of black Cavendish tobacco. Best of all is an intricate, tiny playing card. The queen of hearts is white chocolate with a light jam on the inside. It's all perfect for eating later that day or the following day to revisit the magic of Chef Blumenthal's great restaurant.
It should be said that this occurs without any stress. The staff is engaged and knows their roles perfectly, delivering the service and theater flawlessly. The kitchen seems too tiny to pull all of this off with a full house of diners but they do.
Next week, back down to earth with great ethnic food from the streets of London - without all the theater but with equally great food.