Ampamakia 2004

All this talk of Madagascar has reminded my how good this year’s Ampamakia vintage is (released October last year, from 2004 beans). The first year’s (2002) bar was so good I made it my third best in the reviews. Whereas 2003 was a little darker and smokier, I believe with the 2004 Valrhona may have topped them selves. This time it’s much paler, more delicate and I think quite remarkable. Either they changed the production treatment, or the beans got better. I think this could be one for next month’s club edition.

On a more disconcerting note, the last bar I opened in an Ampamakia was actually Gran Couva! Now that was disappointing (not that I don’t like Gran Couva) – I wonder if this has happened to anyone else?

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