Light fruity chocolate – very palatable for a 70%.


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Hans-Peter Rot: 17-Feb-2007

Posted: February 17, 2007 by
SCORES Score/10 Weight
Aroma: 8.5 10%
Look/snap: 8 5%
Taste: 8.5 35%
Melt: 8 5%
Length: 8.5 15%
Opinion: 8.5 30%
Total/100: 84.5 100%
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Without lecithin, the air bubbles seem to be rather mountainous in their height but luckily not as numerous in their distribution. Other than that, the bar looks great, glistening with a darkened purplish-red shade that fits the aroma perfectly. Raisins first jump out, but underneath this the tone is decisively purple and red, as plums and raspberries contribute fruitiness, while a darker stream of molasses and coffee undercuts with a noticeably austere counter. This is a delightful fragrance, which is fruity yet at the same time assertively masculine, similar to Chuao in effect but certainly not in greatness.

Just as the aroma implied, dark is the name of the game. First raisins and coffee pronounce themselves boldly as the backdrop flavor, and then dark red fruits begin to emerge and fully blossom as plums and raspberries. But with them develops a fleeting acidity that creeps along leisurely — gradually increasing — and then finally culminates into a subtle spike towards the end of the length, thus emphasizing the fruitiness. Coffee and molasses close things off in a strong but bitter finish. Texture is smooth but also thick and even fudge-like, which although is undoubtedly an improvement over Amedei’s graininess of yore, still needs a little smoothening out to reach perfection.

When I first tried this bar years ago, I remembered more bitterness and less control over the balance of flavors. But now, there seems to be more coherence and harmony in the profile, less bitterness, and of course, a smoother texture. Collectively, these factors allude to an increased sense of sophistication, and that Amedei is perhaps reaching the top of their game, slowly but surely. One aspect has not changed, though, by which I mean the intensity level. This blend is still intense and certainly not recommended for those who prefer gentler chocolates with coy expressions of flavor and intensity.

Alex Rast: 9-Oct-2005

Posted: October 9, 2005 by
SCORES Score/10 Weight
Aroma: 8.5 10%
Look/snap: 8 5%
Taste: 7.5 35%
Melt: 8 5%
Length: 8.5 15%
Opinion: 8 30%
Total/100: 79.5 100%
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A somewhat aggressive offering in Amedei’s range, reflecting, it seems, more a deliberate choice than an accidental result. Somewhat overwhelming in its dark, attacking flavour, this is a bar some will like but others will find just too much. Here is a chocolate that is stern and uncompromising, chocolate for the Stoic.

The black wrapper on this chocolate is appropriate for the black tablet inside, a very dark colour, but more of a burnt umber than the risky purple-black. A few bubbles appear but they are nothing severe and on the whole the bar looks excellently well-finished. Aroma, too, is inviting, if a little mild: a warm, tobacco and teak scent with currant hints. It’s really quite mellow and gets you relaxed going in.

However, the first taste instantly dispells any relaxed tone. It immediately hits you with a bitter coffee, woody punch, not necessarily a low-quality harshness but certainly a challenging, take-no-prisoners statement. This flavour stays firmly in charge until right near the end when it finally relents a bit, revealing cherry and almond notes. These, it seem, relate to the underlying beans where the primary flavour appears more related to the roast. The take-home message: dark, dark, dark.

Texture is actually rather smoother if anything than what Amedei typically delivers (which is usually a hair shy of the ultrasmoothness of firms like Cluizel and Domori), however, it is perhaps also on the firm, dry side. In many ways it continues the challenging theme, which the taste delivers in spades, and this is where this chocolate really finds its niche. It will be a great fit for those who favour and expect that strong, powerful, rather bitter dark flavour in a 70%, but others, particularly those not necessarily fanatical or familiar with 70%-class chocolates may not be thrilled with it.

Martin Christy: 2-Feb-2002

Posted: February 2, 2002 by
SCORES Score/10 Weight
Aroma: 7.5 10%
Look/snap: 8 5%
Taste: 9 35%
Melt: 9 5%
Length: 8 15%
Opinion: 8.5 30%
Total/100: 85 100%
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Refreshing, light flavour; sweet, with delicate tropical fruit – almost minty in tone. Not dissimilar to Valrhona’s Manjari. Milk and coffee evolve in the length. Slight sign of bubbling and a hint of cheese in the aroma. A very easy chocolate to eat.



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