Monday, 1 May 2017

Something a Bit Special #21 Getting the Scoop on the Icesmith

You’ll know what a goldsmith is, a locksmith and a blacksmith, but I’ll bet you’ve never heard of an icesmith?! No, didn’t think so. Well that’s exactly what Jake Gadsy is; he is an icesmith whose craft is in ice cream.

Prior to launching, he invited a few of us over for a tasting menu of ice cream. Who knew that was even a thing?! But it is, and a bloody good thing at that!

We taste-tested 13 ice creams and sorbets, so I shan’t talk about every single one of them here, I’ll just pick out a few of my faves.

The evening got off to a great start with Prosecco and Wild blackberry, followed by strawberry sorbet and then a mango & lime sorbet. Jake uses the ripest fruits and there’s nothing synthetic at all about the flavours, they are all real, and my God does it make for a tastier experience. Plus, because the fruit is so ripe, less sugar goes into the mix, which surely means these ice creams are healthy, right?!

My personal favourite of the evening was French Toast which is caramelised brioche, a vanilla ice cream base and a hint of cinnamon. This ice cream had great texture and I could have eaten a whole pot of it – a big pot.

The one that surprised me the most was Black Garlic. I took a whiff and thought, crikey no! I took a lick, and still thought the same. But a couple of seconds later after the flavour had had a chance to reach my taste-buds, I went back for more. Then more and more. Although it smells rather strongly of garlic, the taste is similar to coffee. In fact, this would be great served at a dinner party.

Jake sent us away with a goody bag of more to try at home. I tucked in as soon as I walked through the door. The Mint Chocolate Cookie is like an ice cream sandwich with the mint ice cream between two chocolate cookies. This is like no other mint ice cream gone before, it is made with fresh mint and really stood out.  I also loved the Chocolate, Sea Salt & Bay, which is odd for me as I don’t like chocolate ice cream, but turns out I do as long as it’s made by a proper icesmith!

Jake is all about making small batches, so the flavours will be constantly changing and evolving, seasonal and experimental. You can even commission him to make a bespoke flavour; something I suggested was dark chocolate and caramelised bacon! The ice creams will be available online and in certain shops. Something he mentioned that piqued my interest is a collection of ice creams made with flavours of the Cotswolds!

Jake lives in Chipping Campden and the Icesmith will be open for business as of April.

What would you commission Jake to make?

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