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?