Chocolove’s venture into origin chocolate yields a bittersweet we’ve all taste before, one that only crowds the already congested Sao Tome scene by not offering anything to make it stand apart. Just like finding hay in a haystack, there is nothing new or sensational to warrant attention.


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Hans-Peter Rot: 19-Oct-2005

Posted: October 19, 2005 by
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Aroma: 8 10%
Look/snap: 8 5%
Taste: 8 35%
Melt: 7 5%
Length: 8 15%
Opinion: 8 30%
Total/100: 79.5 100%
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Chocolove’s venture into origin chocolate yields a bittersweet we’ve all taste before, one that only crowds the already congested Sao Tome scene by not offering anything to make it stand apart. Just like finding hay in a haystack, there is nothing new or sensational to warrant attention.

The aroma is very noncomplex and unassuming, simple and straightforward, with a dominant chocolaty fragrance accented by barely tart red fruits and vanilla. Color is pretty darn close to black here, but if held at a proper angle, it’s easy to detect a shimmering maroon tint. Bar has a glossy sheen and appears to be well molded, displaying an even surface and no air bubbles, even despite the lack additional cocoa butter.

First on the scene is a flat introduction, but things quickly shape up as a soothing chocolaty presence arrives accompanied by a round body, both of which successfully fill out the deflated nature of the opening act. The chocolatiness is quite strong yet subtle in impact, perhaps not as forceful as it could be, as if it were withholding its full power. This is somewhat surprising considering its Forastero heritage and the fact that additional cocoa butter was not included. However, it still provides the necessary backbone here and avoids the droning flatness encountered previously. Mild red fruits emerge, perhaps strawberries or even to some degree passion fruit, and then soft vanilla notes appear for a more cookie-like effect. Traces of cedar can be tasted as well but are short-lived and fade gently away, yielding to the persisting red fruits/vanilla tone. Texture-wise, it melts somewhat thick, and unsurprisingly so since additional cocoa butter is a bench player here, a factor of which is further noticeable as the length draws to a close. As such, the chocolate slowly shifts to a considerably drier mouthfeel, but in so doing, a more intense chocolaty sensation slams the taste buds and remains in the long finish as a strong bitter reminder of the chocolate’s presence.

This chocolate is similar to a surfer idling on the ocean, patiently awaiting the perfect wave to elevate him to the sky, and then send him hurdling violently beneath the water’s surface. Here, the beginning of the length is the moment of anticipation, and then the great wave appears and elevates the chocolate to a round and pleasant height. Then, almost as suddenly as it appeared, it crashes to a rough-and-tumble finale as you’re finally hit with a stronger impact of chocolatiness and dry texture. When all is said and done, you’re left washed up on the shore, face-down and covered with sand, pleased with the overall experience but still unfulfilled as you realize there are better, higher waves out there.



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