August 1, 2006
Dagoba New Moon 74%
mahoganny-purplish color with few bubbles; clean, hard snap; very mellow and mild flavor at first; slight fruitiness emerges halfway through and lingers throughout (very mild); flavor of toasted almond and hazelnuts, slowly giving way to coconut; somewhat bitter aftertaste, with not much lingering; smooth and long melt; good mouthfeel and texture
Chocolove organic 73%
dark brown color, no bubbles; smell is sweet with hints of coffee; not a hard snap, more of a "thud" than a "snap;" instantly fruity flavor with hints of candied orange peel; fruitier than Dagoba; quick melt (almost too quick) and quite smooth; aftertaste slightly tannic and not too long; flavor mellows quickly
In a taste test, I prefer Dagoba New Moon 74%'s long length, better mouthfeel, and more flavor complexities; otoh, I enjoy Chocolove's stronger fruitiness more, although the length in mouth is too short to enjoy it fully.
If I were to choose one over the other to eat: Dagoba.
Chocolove took down the anticipated re-stock date for the bars and the organic bars are still out of stock. Does that bar have any malt flavors? The 65%, 70%, and 77% all have very distinct malt flavors and all use some Carribean beans as does the organic ones, I believe. The organics are Carribean origin bars, right? Malt flavors are good, but they're something that I tire of quickly.
August 1, 2006
I tasted no malt in Chocolove's organic 73%, and both organic bars are of Carribean origin. I haven't tried the 61%, but I have another bar of organic 73% for re-testing and a bar of 77% to try (which I heard was disappointing). If you don't like the malt flavor in chocolate, then perhaps you should avoid Cluizel's Ilha Toma after all and try Concepcion. The latter is rather fruity but not acidic at all.
Their 77% is pretty dissapointing. It's awkwardly gritty and fudge-like with a rather weak taste for the strength. The 70% is their best that I've tasted. It really discribes the term "bitter-sweet" with its bitteress and strong malt and caramel flavors. I still want to try the Ilha Toma even if it is malty. It's not like I don't like the taste, I just tire of it quickly. I'll check out conception, also... The list grows...
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