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June 5, 2005
I tried a single origin Sao Thome 70% today.
To me it tasted fairly simple. It was not bad, but at the same time it was not at all exciting. Other than the simple chocolate flavor, I noticed only a trace of a sour (acidic?) taste, and some bitterness.
After a second tasting, it reminds me a little of Scharfeen Berger (which I dislike).
At the price I paid, I probably wont try any more from Nirvana.
Has anyone here tried Nirvana chocolate? I did a quick search, but I could not find anything, so I went ahead and started this thread.
August 1, 2006
Nirvana uses Cacao Barry/Callebaut, hence the similarity in origins. It’s an excellent way to taste these couvertures in less formidable formats. I have not tried the Nirvana bars, but I have tried other company’s versions, namely the Sao Tome, and wasn’t exactly impressed. Read the Chocolove Chocolatour Sao Tome 2004 review here for comparison. Maybe there’s a similarity.
August 1, 2006
Let me also add that Sao Tome chocolate is not going to be the most complex or impressive either. It is commonly noncomplex and often quite bitter and acidic, but sometimes, if masterfully handled, it can be transformed into something of good quality. Cluizel’s now defunct Ilha Toma was perhaps the best Sao Tome chocolate, but unfortunately, it was replaced by the more appropriate single plantation chocolate, Tamarina.