One of the best of Amedei’s blends, a smooth, intense chocolate with a kick of liquorice at the end. Perhaps not for all tastes, but curiously interesting and well worth trying.


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Hans-Peter Rot: 5-May-2007

Posted: May 5, 2007 by
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Aroma: 9 10%
Look/snap: 8.5 5%
Taste: 8.5 35%
Melt: 8.5 5%
Length: 8.5 15%
Opinion: 9 30%
Total/100: 87 100%
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Despite the lack of lecithin, Amedei seems to be handling molding rather well since only a few air bubbles and trace swirling are present in an otherwise nicely molded tablet. Color and aroma meanwhile seem inextricably connected, since both are pinkish-tan in character and needless to say, light as a feather. But the aroma digs deeper, first presenting flowers and almonds, then a faint spiciness similar to dates, and finally a buttermilk-like sourness with faint notes of licorice that hang low in the background. This doesn’t necessarily have the same power as the 70% but it is, however, perkier and more complex, dizzying with its arsenal of fragrances, and needless to say, highly unique and promising.

Continuing this beautiful momentum, the chocolate bridges olfactory and gustatory by delivering a delicate floral wave that immediately but gently sweeps the tongue. Along with it comes a supportive acidity and spicy dates/raisins, in addition to a wisp of raspberries for a soft but intriguing contrast. Tropical fruits then figure themselves into the profile–unexpectedly but definitely appreciated–and fizzle away as coffee closes off the length in a sturdy finale.

To suit this gentle and peaceful flavor, Amedei’s newly smoothened texture provides a corresponding creaminess that was long overdue but certainly worth the wait. A new sense of refinement has now been bestowed to this chocolate, one that has reduced the emphasis on the raisin component of the final flavor and created an unimpeded flow without any sort of distractions that at one time prevented this chocolate from reaching greatness.

Alex Rast: 9-Oct-2005

Posted: October 9, 2005 by
SCORES Score/10 Weight
Aroma: 8 10%
Look/snap: 8.5 5%
Taste: 8.5 35%
Melt: 7 5%
Length: 7.5 15%
Opinion: 9 30%
Total/100: 83.75 100%
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An excellent mid-percentage bittersweet that successfully masters one of the most difficult flavour classes, the dark, tannic bar that so often comes out harsh and brutal. Amedei has tamed the strong nature with enough sugar to mellow out its rough edges without wiping out the flavour completely, and in fact the result is the most successful of Amedei’s blends.

Amedei does a lot to make their bars look good and look good this one does, a smooth, uniform brown with a good sheen and no rippling beyond the very most minimal. The aroma is pronounced and strong, a woodiness reminiscent of hickory, perhaps a bit monotonous. There are a few slight hints of currant in there, but again it’s along the same sort of lines, tannins prevailing.

It’s very pleasant, then, to bite in and discover that, with those same woody characteristics prevailing, the taste isn’t bitter and off-putting like virtually all chocolates with those characteristics seem to be. Rather it’s that same pleasant hickory smoke flavour of the aroma, mixed now with blackberries at the start, now to a buttery middle, then to a coffee finish. There’s even a suggestion of tropical fruits. It’s commendable how Amedei has brought this flavour to fruition, demonstrating that indeed a tannic chocolate can still be made to shine.

Like most Amedei chocolates, this one isn’t really perfectly smooth, and in this case it’s also a bit fudgy in consistency, and in this case perhaps a slight roughness is in keeping. It’s really a textbook example to the chocolate community of how to wring the best taste out of beans predisposed to bitterness. Those who would work with Forasteros, especially, should stand up and take notice. The chocolate that shows that there are no (or at least very few) “”bad”" flavours, merely flavours done badly (or well).

Martin Christy: 7-Jun-2002

Posted: June 7, 2002 by
SCORES Score/10 Weight
Aroma: 9 10%
Look/snap: 9.5 5%
Taste: 9 35%
Melt: 9 5%
Length: 7 15%
Opinion: 9 30%
Total/100: 87.25 100%
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Very smoothly blended and almost perfect looking, this chocolate has strong flavours of raisins and cherries, which compliment the fine vanilla. A fantastically evolving taste turns into burnt almond, liquorice and molasses. Good sharp aroma, but the length is almost too strong.

A curious effect of this chocolate is that it is so fulfilling in flavour, I find myself needing eating less and less of it with each bite, so a small amount goes a long way!



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