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January 23, 2005

Ampamakia 2004

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Written by: Martin Christy

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?



About the Author

Martin Christy
Martin Christy is Seventy%’s editor and founder and is a leading voice in the chocolate industry, promoting the cause of fine chocolate and fine cacao and those who produce them. With twenty years’ experience of fine chocolate, he has travelled extensively visiting cocoa plantations and meeting the world’s top producers and is a consultant to the fine chocolate and cacao growing industries worldwide. Martin is Judging Director of the International Chocolate Awards, which he founded in the UK with Kate Johns of Chocolate Week. He is also Acting Chairman of the new fine cacao and chocolate industry association, Direct Cacao and is a member of the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative Tasting Panel. He is also a freelance writer about fine chocolate, contributing to UK magazines and several books about fine chocolate.




 
 

 
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