Huh, this was very different tasting that I expected it to be.
Not bad, though! Definitely not bad. It’s crazy how clearly the aroma and taste remind me of the sweeter liqueur soaked lady fingers that make up the base of Tiramisu. That’s so not the element I would have thought to focus on with this profile. I would have absolutely expected there to still be a more liqueur like element but either chocolate or coffee to be the main flavour. Both of those are present. Barely. It’s like an ethereal whisper or thought of coffee/chocolate.
The overall body is lighter too, from the base choices. I wish there was more hojicha, not necessarily for taste (though I like the gentle golden roast) but for depth. This feels almost “fragile” for such a decadent concept.
Without a name to guide my interpretation, I probably would have called this some kind of generic chocolate pastry. Not sure what. The boozier notes likely would have thrown me for a loop, truthfully.