October 10, 2009

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

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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.

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