What intrigues me about Valrhona’s Guanaja, a much-commented upon bar, is the intelligent blend of characteristically distinct tastes and smells. Rather than a cacophony of competing flavors, this bar plays a delightfully elegant symphony crafted from floral notes and a supporting baseline of tobacco, coffee, and cherries.
Almonds and dates emerge in the taste, but floral undertones still keep playing on pianissimo. In the background, I continually detect a hint of lingering acid, almost like green grapes or a fine Pinot Blanc. And while it pulls ahead with a wonderful melt, itâ€™s the herbal aftertaste that really surprises.