September 13, 2008

Scharffen Berger – Semisweet – review – Hans-Peter Rot

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Written by: Hans-Peter Rot

Like most Scharffen Berger bars, the aroma is highly fruity, emphasizing raspberries, but it’s also got some coconut and brown sugar, which softens the fruit and makes the scent as a whole warm and inviting, like a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

Flavor is very pinkish, like a pastel version of the 70%, very much muted and bled into the canvas with brown sugar and sweet spice, notably nutmeg. The bean blend appears to be almost exactly the same (but I could be wrong), the difference here being higher sugar content, which highlights the caramelized tones and mollifies the flavor, making it soft and affable.

Compared to the 70%, this one is painted in subdued colors, with gentle strokes in the early Rembrandt style, as opposed to thick and dramatic like Van Gogh. It’s a very fruity yet caramelized flavor with an artificial density courtesy of the fudge-like, almost chewy texture, which really should be corrected to bring the flavor up to a more urbane level. Still, with a pleasing intensity and soothing flavor, the chocolate is probably more accomplished than its 70% brother and definitely a worthy contender in the semisweet category.

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