June 5, 2005
I just tried the E. Guittard Quetzalcoatl. I went in with the expectation that it would be good, as I love all of their single origin bars. I hoped to detect the aromas and flavors which I am familiar with from their origin bars.
The bar is a reddish brown color of intermediate darkness. It is significantly lighter than a bar such as Lindt Excellence 70%. Does this color necessarily indicate that bulk beans are not the predominate component of this chocolate?
The bar smells like something which I associate with lower quality chocolate, but is not unpleasant. Several possible labels for this aroma passed through my mind, such as a dutched chocolate aroma, but ultimately I decided that the bar smelled similar to a bar of Hershey’s.
The bar did not taste as I expected. To me it tastes like a s’more: a combination of marshmallow, graham cracker, and Hershey’s chocolate. Although, as one would suspect it is more chocolaty and less sweet. I also note some very subtle flavors of tea, coffee, and perhaps strawberries. I detect no significant level of acidity in this bar. The flavor profile strikes me as somewhat flat.
Smelling the bar again, I think that smells as it tastes: like a s’more.
The bar is not at all bitter, and the texture is not below average, but ultimately this bar fails to please me. This may be simply due to my biases; I do not want a tasting experience as mundane as eating a s’more when I reach for a bar of fine chocolate. My only objective complaint, is that the bar seems somewhat flat, as I mentioned earlier.
I notice that this bar is priced lower than the origin bars. Is this an indication that Guittard intends for this to be a less premium chocolate? Does it likely use beans which are not among the beans featured in the origin line?
June 5, 2005
I just finished a second (and last, I gave the rest to my sister) tasting of this chocolate.
This time I drank a glass of water before tasting (which cleared my mouth of saliva), and chewed more aggressively. This resulted in a dry sensation in my mouth during the initial melt, which I attributed to the lack of the adddition of butter.
I perceived the same flavors, but the flatness seemed more pronouned this time.
I asked my sister if she thought it tasted like a s'more, and she thought that it did. She said that it definately tasted of Graham cracker. I mention this only because she rarely detects secondary flavors, so the Graham cracker flavor must be quite easily noticeable.
Well I just got a chance to sit down and taste Guittards new 72%Quetzalcoatl. The taste is ok but I would say it is my least favorite in the E. Guittard line. The fruity flavors are not there and the flavor is somewhat dull. It is not a horrible bar but definitely not my favorite bar. It's middle of the road.
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