May 28, 2005

Pierre Marcolini – Pure Origine Madagascar – review – Anne Bramley

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Written by: annebramley

The beauty of this bar lies in it exterior. The packing is black and white, minimalist and modern for the early 21st century. But I’m not sure the taste has caught up to the sophistication and complexity we expect from fine food in our brave new gourmet millennium.

The bite is somewhat weak, sort of falling apart on the teeth, though put differently, you could think of it as merely delicate. The sweet scent of cherries mingles with a hint of bark, which I almost interpret as licorice, followed by an afterwhiff of hazelnut. This is a sweeter bar with a huge offering of fruit. An undertaste of something I initially wanted to call perfume but thought better of as a grain spirit gives way to a cherry finish, bringing the experience full-circle from an initial cherry scent to a final cherry flavor. The mixture of fruit and spirit, while tempting, isn’t complex enough to conquer the overly sweet taste and create a bar with enough interest for me.

But perhaps what I love most is that this is a great gift chocolate. From the sexy packaging to the designer M-A-R-C-O-L-I-N-I engraved across the individual squares, this is an aesthetically appealing bar that makes you happy someone loved you enough to buy you something so beautiful.

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