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aguynamedrobert
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February 20, 2007 - 10:39 pm
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Any opinions on Felchlin? I just tried 2 of their bars and I really like their 74% from Dominican Republic...any opinions?

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I have tried their 49%(?) milk couverture. It was a while ago now but it wasn't my favourite - lacked the creaminess I associate with a good milk chocolate. That said, I have only read good things about their dark chocolates. I would also be interested to hear other people's opinions as I do have access to their chocolate here in Australia.

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I've not tried their 74% from Dominican Republic. Maracaibo Classificado (65%) is my Felchlin favourite.

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Hey Masur,
You gotta try the 74% when you get a chance. I enjoyed both of them but I thought the 74% had a very nice flavor to it...

This is my first experience with this brand and I am enjoying it...

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Originally posted by aguynamedrobert

Any opinions on Felchlin? I just tried 2 of their bars and I really like their 74% from Dominican Republic...any opinions?

Robert
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Whether you take the wild cacao claim of the Cru Sauvage on face value or not it is an excellent chocolate. It's got a beautiful delicate strawberry flavour, but also other interesting fruits like blackberry and blueberry. Balancing that it has an interesting earthy finish, but the centre flavour is pure chocolatey. Outstanding in virtually every respect, I would rate this as one of the great chocolates of the world. There is a review awaiting a picture on-line for this.

I've also tried the Maracaibo and Arriba chocolates. The Arriba is quite good, however, I've always had the sense that this is a bean that has never reached its full potential. The Maracaibo suffers somewhat from a flat bitter finish, although in most respects typical of its varietal. Nonetheless, I wouldn't call that one a world-beater.

Overall they seem to be respectably good as a chocolate manufacturer but somewhat in the peloton - lots of good chocolate manufacturers exist in this category. The Cru Sauvage is not to be missed, but other efforts, while acceptable, hover between promising but flawed and solid but a little dull.

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the maracaibo 65% is quite pleasing and i'm looking forward to working with it. i personally feel that this chocolate will lend itself rather nicely to a backdrop for something with chile japones. can't wait to get to work with it, i just got a case in today.

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Alex

I agree with your statement that the Cru Savage is one of the great chocolates of the world. Now, what about that review? I can do without the picture on-line and would be interested to see how you stack it up against the other top bars in the review section.

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Alex

I agree with your statement that the Cru Savage is one of the great chocolates of the world. Now, what about that review? I can do without the picture on-line and would be interested to see how you stack it up against the other top bars in the review section.


Yeah, the review is sitting on the server waiting to be published as soon as someone provides a picture. I agree with your statement, btw, if for some reason after every effort has been made no picture can be found perhaps reviews should go on-line anyway. I exhort everyone who can contribute, however, to look at Monte's appeal (in the "Reviews" forum for pix.

I also think I might ask Felchlin if they might be willing to contribute the photo. They know that my review is very positive, so from their POV I think this would be good free advertising and media relations. Hopefully something'll be up soon.

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No more worries! With the assistance of Masur, I finally secured a photo, and the review is now live. As you can see, it sits rather cozily at the #10 position of the site's top bars. (I'm working to get those other pics, Alex, but I'll talk with Martin if he'll allow a picture-less review.)

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Alex and Monte:
Thanks for responding so quickly. I get a lot of personal enjoyment from the review section of the website. With all the fine bars you have reviewed I had believed the Cru Savage was deserving of a positive review such as Alex's as well as a place among some of the finest!

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I just tried the 64% wild cacao which was fantastic. I also have a bar of the 74% which I am going to sit down and enjoy soon given all the comments above.

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Yeah I would love to hear your opinion on the Organic 74%. I thought it was a lot better than their 65%(which was good as well). But their 74%, I thought, was very well done...especially for that high of a percentage...

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I enjoyed seeing a new bar in the top ten and the review for the Cru Sauvage was exciting to hear about. Does anyone know where i can find some in London? I've never seen it in any shops.

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I would also be interested in getting a hold of some Felchlin. Chocosphere doesn't carry it. Not sure how I could go about getting some. Oh, woe is me... 😉

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Don't know if this will help but here is a list of distributors

http://www.felchlin.com/e/fram.....utors.html

Click on your region of the map at the top. I have no idea if this will work at a retail level, so you may have to buy couverture blocks dealing in kilos rather than 100g blocks. Although that may not be a bad thing :-)

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Just tried the 74% from Dominican Republic and was very impressed. I like a bar with fruity notes and I found a slight berry note as Alex mentions above. A fantastic "chocolate" flavour came next without overpowering the other flavours. A nice aftertaste that lingers as well. Up there with the Cluizel 72% for my mind.

PS: it had a snap like I have never seen/heard/felt before.

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Eshra:
You can purchase Felchlin retail through Clay Gordon. He is located just outside NYC and ships in the U.S. I don't know about shipping outside the U.S. He runs chocophile.com. He sells the full line of bars including the DR and the Cru Savage through his website.

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I have recently talked with Chocosphere.com, and they stated that they will soon (matter of weeks) be carrying Felchlin bars. On another note, it looks like Clay is out of the Cru Sauvage on his website. I'm not sure if Chocosphere will carry it or not, but it is something to keep an eye on.

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Alan,
When are you going to be on the market?

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Alan,
When are you going to be on the market?


Hi Deb,

The first bars will be available pretty soon locally (i.e., within 2 or 3 weeks). However, the new Patric Chocolate website with on-line store and the first wave of Patric Chocolate products, including a few single origin bars, and a few other special chocolate-related items, won't be available until autumn, probably around October. I'll be sending out a note to everyone who has signed up on the mailing list once things are available, so if you haven't done so already, signing up on the list will make sure that you won't miss the debut.

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Alan

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