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Hotel Chocolat – Chuao – Martin Christy

You wait five years for a new Chuao bar to come along, and suddenly there’s not even three at once, but a whole plethora. Now that this most famous and highly touted of Venezuela’s origins is being freely traded, al...
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Pacari – Los Rios – MC

In daylight, you can really see the bright redness and lightness of this chocolate, indicating a light roast, though this does also reveal some bubbles in the moulding. The aroma is strong, full, perfumed, with honey, molasses ...
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Sprüngli – Grand Cru Criollo de Maracaibo 65% – review – Martin Christy

A light looking bar with some burgundy notes, suggesting a medium roast. The thin 50 gram ‘half’ bars snap with a thud rather than a click, but appear well made and moulded with an elegant, if fancy, design. Aroma i...
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Valrhona – Ampamakia 2010 – review – Martin Christy

Ampamakia has always been a personal favourite – the typical citrus notes of Madagascar always appealed to my palate. Added to Valrhona’s fruity acid style this makes, for example, Manjari almost always a winner. Am...
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Original Beans – Beni Wild Harvest

A thin bar in an attractive mould with a ‘starburst’ design, each piece elegantly curved, giving some thickness on eating. Snap is a thick click. Very lightly coloured, could be easily mistaken for a milk bar to the...
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