Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Chocolate Tree Peru Chilique 70%
First tried this chocolate back in October 2016, and it became the ultimate highlight of the Chocolate Show that year, for me. It wasn't exactly ready for sale back then, and was only available to try on request - kinda like on a if you know, you know basis

A year later, and this Chocolate Tree Chililique 70% was again the highlight of the Chocolate Show for me, as well as the Gran Nativo chocolate they crafted (though this one was not for sale, more to showcase the Gran Nativo cacao to chocolate makers)

Aroma was at first not too loud, a little wheat and biscuity, some prunes. I go at it again, and bam! Sour sauce, peppery, herbaceous (oregano, thyme), um... Monster Munch crisps, MSG (monosodium glutamate), woaaaaah

It's a toasted bite, smoked. Then when on the tongue, it's sweet and sour, with the sour balancing with savoury notes. There is a strong acidic kick, like a squeeze of lemon juice. Nearing the finish, it's a smooth chocolate-y flavour that gets attention, a flavour that was probably always there, as the foundation

An avant-garde chocolate I feel. Good stuff

Dormouse Guatemala 72

Dormouse, micro batch craft chocolate, use Muscovado sugar, this being maybe my favourite sugar, and always they get their hands on really great cacao beans. This bar, as you can see, is a Silver award winning bar. Many people have mentioned the Gatsby-esq pattern of the packaging...
A strong aroma as soon as. A little ferment-y, very bright. Root beer spices. The flavour's richness is molasses and toffee, with acidity like lemons and fruitiness of blueberries. It becomes fairly tannic and oaky in the finish. I also picked up on milkiness and raisins a couple times

Strong aroma, strong flavour. I really love Dormouse craft chocolate 

Friday, 8 September 2017

Omnom Tanzania 70%

Following Omnom Chocolate on Instagram is beautiful, when I check in on all their new flavour trials and general chocolate making

Cacao from Tanzania, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter. It was the first time seeing the new mould in real life, it looks good

The taste starts woody, much like other Omnom bars, then flow in red currants, with raspberry! Then the sweetness of a 70%. It succumbs to a "perfect" acidity

A really good chocolate, really amazing

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Solkiki Marañón 70 Unroasted

This post is well overdue, having been given the bar at last years Chocolate Show (London 2016) and then finally opening it the following Easter

Bob and Iris are the two chocolate makers behind Solkiki, and when we met for the first time, this friendship meant they wanted to gift me a chocolate bar of theirs. Tasted all, listened to Bob give a little background into each bar, and my choice had to be the UNROASTED Maranon
Solkiki's Marañón was smoky, astringent on tongue, a little metallic, black tea. The melt was somewhat gummy. And overall, it left me thinking: I like that

Both Solkiki and Chocolate Tree have mentioned how delicate the Marañón is when it comes to roasting the beans, so it's a Peruvian region worth trying 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Palette De Bine 70% Guatemala

PALETTE DE BINE is a Canadian chocolate maker. The face behind the chocolate is Christine Blais. 2016 was the year of Canadian craft chocolate, I feel, so what a great year for me to have visited Canada and try lots of untested makers, PALETTE DE BINE being one of them
The 70% Guatemala: flavours of rooibos tea, wood, black currants, and overall very sharp. First impressions were that is was heavy on apple cider vinegar, but with subsequent tastes, it calmed down

In the International Chocolate Awards 2016, PALETTE DE BINE was immensely recognised for its quality