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August 7, 2006
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alex_h
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August 7, 2006
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Hans-Peter Rot
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What happened to the other eye, alex? Did Odysseus poke it out with a wooden stake? ;)

August 7, 2006
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damn odysseus! )

August 14, 2006
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Favoritye Chocolate
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See's Candy

February 24, 2007
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I have now tried all of Guittard's, Michel Cluizel's and Valhrona's origin bars, and quite a few bars from Domori, Pralus, and Bonnat, so I finally feel educated enough to post a list of favorites.

My top five in order:

1: Valrhona Guanaja, Amedei Chauo, Guittard Chucuri
4: Valrhona Caraibe
5: Valrhona Gran Couva.

February 24, 2007
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How would you describe the Guanaja...I actually have a piece of it in my mouth at the moment and was wondering your thoughts...

It has the deeper notes that I taste first off...not a light light bar but not dark either. I have only had a half of one piece now but the only way I can describe the flavor is a little grassy and woody with hints of fruit as I go along...

Robert
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February 25, 2007
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I mainly remember fruity flavors and the strong influence of vanilla, which produces an experience which reminds me of chocolate chip cookie dough.

March 1, 2007
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Wow! This discussion has been going on for a long time! I'm finding my way in the world of premium chocolate, so I'd like to mention my top 5.

1. Domori Carenero Superior
2. Cluizel Los Ancones (was my #1 for a few months)
3. Bonnat 75% Chuao
4. Cluizel Maralumi
5. Marquise de Sevigne 70%
6. Amedei Cioccolato Fondente Extra 66%

I still have so many to taste, though! Suggestions?

March 1, 2007
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Crispyfrank,

Not sure what youve already tried but I would say do not miss:

Amedei Chuao
Amedei Porcelana
Amedei Madagascar
Domori Porcelana
Domori Puertomar

I'd also recommend:

Domori Carupano
Domori Rio Caribe
Domori Sur Del Lago
Bonnat Puerto Cabello
Bonnat Asfarth 65% dark milk
Valrhona Aruguani
Valrhona Gran Couva
Valrhona Ampamakia
Pralus Colombie
Pralus Bresil

The following have been rated highly by others but I don't particularly like:

Michel Cluizel Noir de Cacao 72%
Valrhona Guanaja

Christine

March 3, 2007
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quote:


Originally posted by crispyfrank

Wow! This discussion has been going on for a long time! I'm finding my way in the world of premium chocolate, so I'd like to mention my top 5.

1. Domori Carenero Superior
2. Cluizel Los Ancones (was my #1 for a few months)
3. Bonnat 75% Chuao
4. Cluizel Maralumi
5. Marquise de Sevigne 70%
6. Amedei Cioccolato Fondente Extra 66%


This is pretty indicative. You like strong, spicy flavours most of all - cinnamon tones in particular - and also dark, deep fruits like blueberry and prune. Nice balance, btw: these are complementary flavour components. Anyway, one you therefore must not miss is Malagasy Mora Mora 2006. It's almost exactly the flavour profile that these bars suggest. It goes virtually without saying that you must try the Amedei Chuao given that the Bonnat ranks so well. The flavour profile overall that your preferences imply is characteristic of Madagascar, so in addition to the Malagasy it'll be worth trying all the principal Madagascars : (Cluizel)Mangaro, (Valrhona)Ampamakia, (Domori)Sambirano, Amedei Madagascar, Pralus Madagascar, Lindt Madagascar, Guittard Madagascar.

Since you liked Los Ancones (and really, who doesn't?) also try Domori Chacao Absolute. It's another Dominican Republic of similar profile overall.

Once you get through those, plenty more to try. It depends, though, on whether you are more interested in experimenting with radically different profiles or homing in on your favourites.

Alex Rast
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August 9, 2007
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Nicholas Zukin
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Amedei Chuao
Valrhona Chuao 2002 (they're still out there!)
Valrhona Manjari
Cluizel Concepcion
Pralus 100%
Mayordomo with Cinnamon

I rarely buy the Amedei because of the relative price. I don't enjoy it that much more than others yet it's at least twice as expensive.

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