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Amano – Jembrana Milk – review – Alex Rast

Out of the box, Amano’s bar looks very impressive: dark brown entirely unlike most chocolates at this percentage, flecked with even darker brown notes, and with a good finish with no bubbling or rippling. The aroma is eve...
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Scharffen Berger – Porcelana 75% Cacao – review – Alex Rast

Is this pure Porcelana? It seems a little doubtful. Here is a bar with most of the characteristics of fine Porcelana, but overlain upon an alarming harsher background – as though some other bean had been mixed in. Neverth...
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Dagoba – Prima Materia – review – Alex Rast

Dagoba’s bar looks archetypal for them out of the wrapper, that is to say, somewhat rustic. A dark colour isn’t exactly promising, although there are no glaring manufacturing defects. Aroma, however, is a different ...
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Valrhona – Caraïbe – review – Alex Rast

Compared to its Guanaja stablemate in the Grand Cru line this one will seem passive and withdrawn but it remains superb chocolate. This is the quiet one of the Grands Crus – a chocolate that does its job effectively and e...
by Alex Rast
 

 

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Valrhona – Le Noir 68% – review – Alex Rast

Valrhona doesn’t falter on appearance, even in a bar presumably more aimed at cooking: it’s nicely finished and more or less defect free, save some swirling, and although a dark colour is apparent it’s usual f...
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Valrhona – Araguani – review – Alex Rast

A welcome addition to the Grand Cru line, if for the moment only available in an irritating format. A total departure from the rest of the Grands Crus stylistically, emphasizing subtlety and refinement over complexity and power...
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