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Valrhona – Le Noir 68%

Is this an attempt by Valrhona to move towards a more “mass-market” product? Certainly the way it’s being distributed and described makes one wonder. Unfortunately, the taste makes one wonder too: this is a ch...
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Amano – Jembrana Milk

Having achieved spectacular success in mild milk chocolates with the Ocumare, Amano this time stumbles equally spectacularly with a chocolate that just never gets going. With a taste that hovers barely on the edge of perceptibi...
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Amano – Ocumare Milk

Possibly the ultimate chocolate for lovers of mild milk chocolates. A bar with amazing complexities, although it must be said, all variations on a sweet theme. It’s perhaps too bad that Amano chose such a mild formulation...
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Bonnat – Marfil de Blanco

Bonnat again confound on manufacturer origin with an entry into the crowded Porcelana-type field with a name exactly matching one from Coppeneur. Are they both producing bean-to-bar? Impossible to tell. Whatever the case, Bonna...
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Guittard – Waialua Estate

Perhaps not the very first, but one of the earliest entirely U.S. bean-to-bar chocolates, this one makes its country proud. A superb exposition of a complex chocolate, hitting all the notes with clarity and interest. Rather rem...
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Scharffen Berger – Tome-Acu

Scharffen Berger introduces, with their “chocolate maker’s” series, a fairly clear indication of where they are going. This bar is so markedly superior to previous S-B offerings that it appears clear they̵...
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