February 14, 2006
Upon viewing the bar, it is obvious that this is a criollo chocolate. The bar is perhaps the lightest red/tan that I have ever seen on a 'dark' chocolate bar, being lighter than even some milk chocolates. No swirling present, but lacking of a great finish. Very sharp snap, with little grain being visible.
The aroma is immediately sweet, with notes of fermented red fruit. The smell somewhat reminds me of cherries jubilee: a combination of vanilla, brandy, and cherries.
The taste is immediately criollo flavours of blueberries and cream. The taste is very close to blueberry cheesecake, as some light cheesy (mascarpone?) note is present. Flavour of blueberry cheesecake evolves into tangerine, giving an indication of this chocolate's Madagascan origin. Although flavour is complex, there isn't much to balance the sweetness.
The melt is lovely, melting seamlessly. The melt is probably one of the best melts I have ever experienced. Aftertaste is somewhat of a let-down. The flavour of tangerine fades quickly, lasting a mere 4 minutes or so on the palate.
This is very much a 'dessert' chocolate, being generally sweet with nothing to counterbalance it. I will say, however, that I love this chocolate...but I really gotta be in a certain mood for it.
Aroma: 8/10 8/100
Look/Snap: 8.5/10 4.25/100
Taste: 8/10 28/100
Melt: 9.5/10 4.75/100
Length: 7/10 10.5/100
Opinion: 8.5/10 25.5/100
Total: 8.1/10 81/100 My favourite Guittard offering.
May 8, 2006
I recently tried this chocolate. It was interesting, extremely fruity. The fruitiest chocolate I've ever tasted, though I'm still not very experienced with good chocolate. My first thoughts were cherries or raspberries. I agree that the melt is wonderful. It somehow feels warmer than other chocolates, like a warm ganache slowly dissolving in the mouth... very nice! Fruit notes may be just a little too strong for my tastes though.