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chocbloc
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Just wanted to see if anybody else has tried this bar. It says Limited Edition, so I don't know how long it will be out. I have one bar, and I like it a lot. I have only tried a few SB bars, and this one is the best one so far. I think it is in the same league as Amedei, Valhrona, Domori, etc. It might be a little sweet for some, although I don't think it is really that sweet for a 75%. I'm not well-versed enough in the lingo to chronicle the various flavors, but would love to hear from anyone else who has tried it.

Mike (restin' on my laurels and my hardys too)

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hi mike,

monte has tried it. some of his comments are here:

http://www.seventypercent.com/.....PIC_ID=436

i wish i could get my hands on a cuyagua!

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May 3, 2005 - 11:55 am
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Thanks. That thread didn't come up when I searched on Cuyagua for some reason. I will post any other comments in that thread.

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maybe u ran a subject search. go ahead and keep the subject here if u like. it went a bit off topic where it is now.

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Yeah, that thread did go a bit off topic, but that's only to keep in tradition with the rest of them [;)]

But anyway, if you saw that comment I made about Cuyagua, that's basically the gist of it. I think the reason you might associate it with sweetness is its extreme sharp tartness. All of Sharffen Berger's bars have that tone, but it's much more pronounced in Cuyagua.

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According to Mr JS himself, we got the very last of the production, which will go in our May Club edition. Anything left over will go in the shop, or to favoured customers - keep in touch Alex πŸ˜‰

They may make it again though if they get the bean quality, so it's not necessarily the end.

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Now that you mention it, I can definitely "see" the Cuyagua constituent in the 82%. I hope Scharffen Berger is reading this because I would like to see another Cuyagua from a different year [:D]

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May 10, 2005 - 9:15 am
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martin,
if u can, save me a bar or two πŸ˜€

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It's lovely, definitely worth it. Had one bar and regret now not foresee to buy more.

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May 10, 2005 - 5:56 pm
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well, i'm sure you can wangle one out of martin, ellie πŸ˜‰

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Please, Martin..., joining the queue. Volunteering to help with Chocolate week!
Doing lately endlees blind tastings of Bonnat origines, getting good at it - naming game gets done on sight/smell stage, and then just enjoying the taste with smug smile. Of cause, Bonnat's origins quite distinguished from each other...

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It's going in this month's club - I think we will just have enough depending on how many sign ups we get in the next few weeks. Probably there will be some left, and I'll put you first in the list! There may not be enough to actually put it in the shop, but I will let you know if that happens.

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I made the same mistake of only ordering one as well. Although it disappeared rather quickly, I enjoyed it immensely.

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I have tasted all the β€œnormal” Scharffen Berger bars and they are really great, but what you are talking about seems to be ambrosia. I fell that I envy you for having the chance to enjoy it. Perhaps I should try to get one of these as well. Does anyone know whether there will be other bars in this limited edition line and what they will be? It really fascinating how many really great bars are on the market. You have just to wait a little and there are new bars. The chocolate companies are very productive at the moment. The demand seems to increase. Not that long ago it was really hard to find, for example, Domori products. Now it is easier to get what you want (apart from some β€œexotic” bars, mostly products coming from oversees like Scharffen Berger, Omanhene and El Rey).

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Scharffen Berger do have another Venezuelan origin in development - I think they are waiting for the beans, plus an organic and maybe Cuyagua, and the Jamaica bar, will make a comeback. I think there will be others as well, will keep you informed as we hear more.

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Well, Marioh, please keep in mind that this merely reflects my impressions and personal preference. Scharffen Berger is indeed an excellent brand, but sometimes their chocolate is just a tad too sharp and overbearing on the red fruitiness, depending upon my mood. But that Cuyagua really impressed me. It's actually kind of woody with a bit of spiciness, and the tart cherries and dairy tone are also excellent. I think Martin still has some, so if you're interested you should probably ask him to reserve a couple for you.

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Originally posted by Montegrano

Well, Marioh, please keep in mind that this merely reflects my impressions and personal preference. Scharffen Berger is indeed an excellent brand, but sometimes their chocolate is just a tad too sharp and overbearing on the red fruitiness, depending upon my mood. But that Cuyagua really impressed me. It's actually kind of woody with a bit of spiciness, and the tart cherries and dairy tone are also excellent. I think Martin still has some, so if you're interested you should probably ask him to reserve a couple for you.


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May 17, 2005 - 9:34 pm
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Hi there,

I assume you've mentioned this before, but I couldn't find any references... Are there any other U.S. chocolates you consider on par with Scharffen Berger? Thanks!

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Guittard is perhaps a notch better and a bit more representative and diverse in their offerings. Check out the new single origin bars, along with their other chocolate.

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Go here for Guittard:

http://www.eguittard.com

And for Dagoba, another American brand, go here:

http://www.dagobachocolate.com

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