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Valrhona – Chuao 2002 – review – Hans-Peter Rot

Without seeing the light of day for five years, the bar is very pretty, delivering much more visual awe than what we see from Valrhona today. (Not even a trace of bloom is present.) It’s encouraging to see, then, a dark ...
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Askinosie – San Jose Del Tambo – review – Hans-Peter Rot

Right from the get-go, Askinosie chooses to convey a certain theme with their packaging, one that is supposed to have grassroots appeal but looks more like a police criminal file, complete with paper bag material, typewriter fo...
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Askinosie – Soconusco – review – Hans-Peter Rot

Once the epicenter of quality in cacao, but now a place shrouded in history, Askinosie revives Soconusco and produces a superb looking bar. Temper and mold are as mentioned excellent all over, with only a single bubble on the b...
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Patric Chocolate – Madagascar Sambirano Valley – review – Hans-Peter Rot

Patric makes it very clear that image is important. The bar itself is just as shiny and gorgeous as any other artisan producer such as Cluizel or Valrhona, with exception for some minor unevenness in the mold. Aroma, meanwhile,...
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República del Cacao – Manabi Province – review – Hans-Peter Rot

Sliding the bar from its wax paper reveals a very urbane and sleek surface, showing excellent sheen and slight bubbling, a scheme that for an in-country producer rivals the best of any European. Another surprise is the red (not...
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Green & Black’s – Dark 85% – review – Hans-Peter Rot

Green & Black’s has done an excellent job with appearance, leaving very little room for criticism even if one were to spot check for trivial specks. Continuing, the color and aroma are perfect matches, both being ve...
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