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Patric – Madagascar 67%

Under the bold and individual new packaging design is a bar of real intrigue; the colour offers the first clue. Madagascan bars can sometimes be quite light but this is more so than any other I have seen, a medium brown with so...
by Stuart Robson
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Bonnat – Apotequil 75%

The colour starts things off well here, being quite deep brown but with subtle red highlights. The finish is as close to perfection as one could hope for; a high gloss shine and a loud, clean snap. There are no defects worthy o...
by Stuart Robson
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Patric - Madagascar 67%

Patric – Madagascar 67%

Alan Patric McClure is another key player in the vibrant chocolate movement currently building in the United States and has been since 2006. There are three Madagascan offerings in his range displaying the differences inherent ...
by Stuart Robson
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Valrhona – Gran Couva 2010

Valrhona’s annual release from Trinidad has seen some highs and lows over the years but things look pretty good at the start here. The colour is somewhat dark but has some touches of mahogany set against a typically well-temp...
by Stuart Robson
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Mast Brothers – Grand Cru 81%

The first thing that grabs you upon peeling back the gold foil is the colour- a beautiful soft red-brown with a pleasing sheen. The mould on this example is very uneven however, with one side being at least double the thickness...
by Stuart Robson
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Mast Brothers - Grand Cru 81%

Mast Brothers – Grand Cru 81%

A chance to see how the Mast Brothers approach beans that clearly display strong Criollo characteristics, particularly interesting given that they have chosen a much higher percentage than is more often applied with such stock....
by Stuart Robson
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