October 10, 2009

Scharffen Berger – Bittersweet 70% – review – Hans-Peter Rot

More articles by »
Written by: Hans-Peter Rot

Aroma can be smelled from several feet away. I’d say it’s got a spunky character, gushing redness in heavy doses, mainly tart cherries and grapes with a countering ash as well, but unlike similar bars, it works quite well, melding seamlessly with the fruit so the two components become one. The balance, in other words, is executed in good taste.

Tasting a lot like a cherry cordial and then simply cherries, the flavor is, you guessed it, an explosion of cherries, with some burnt notes occasionally that—like the aroma—blend in with the fruit seamlessly. There’s also a moderate acidity that makes the flavor pleasantly sharp, not prickling or assertive, just tart enough to leave your mouth watering once the chocolate is gone.

Texture is thick and smooth somewhat like peanut butter but not too bad, actually, probably slightly below average, which in fact is exactly how I feel about this chocolate in general—it’s a good effort but not a world-beater. It reminds me of Lindt’s Excellence 70% but not nearly as good, falling short on the intensity contained therein, as well as possessing that burnt quality that still suggests careless roasting regardless of how well blended in it is. So, while it could be better, it could also be much worse. Quite simply, it is what it is: an average chocolate.

About the Author

Hans-Peter Rot


Drinks and Specials Hamper, Duffy’s

Seventy%’s 2013 Chocolate Christmas List

Short of Christmas gift ideas? Choose from our chocolate gift list or buy a last minute tasting course gift certificate.
by Seventy%


Chocolate Tasting Certificate

Sign up for our new Chocolate Tasting Certificate courses - your route to expert taster in 3 levels.
by Seventy%


An evening with Maricel Presilla

A Chocolate Week special tasting with Maricel Presilla, author of 'The New Taste of Chocolate' and Award-winning Cuban-American chef.
by Seventy%



The Chocolate Tree – Madagascar Raw 70%

The Chocolate Tree ventures boldly into territory formerly almost the exclusive domain of Pacari with a raw chocolate that one has reason to believe may be classified as “fine”. It’s even more refreshing to se...
by Alex Rast

Seventy% supports the International Chocolate Awards
Askinosie Del Tambo Ecuador 70pc & nibs enrobed Cru Sauvage Bolivia Felchlin

Directly Traded collection from Geert Vercruysse

Belgian chocolatier Geert Vercruysse creates a unique collection of ganaches using directly traded chocolate, just in time for the birth of new industry organisation, Direct Cacao.
by Martin Christy


Latest reviews

  1. The Chocolate Tree – Madagascar Raw 70% Alex Rast, 15 Jun 2013
  2. The Chocolate Tree – Ecuador 82% Alex Rast, 14 Dec 2012
  3. Friis-Holm – Chuno Double Turned Alex Rast, 3 Dec 2012
  4. Friis-Holm – Chuno Triple Turned Alex Rast, 18 Nov 2012
  5. Chapon – Chuao Alex Rast, 18 Nov 2012

@Seventypercent Twitter feed

Search site