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Bonnat – Apotequil – Martin Christy review

Bonnat cautiously labels this bar “Variété Porcelana” – note the speech marks. Porcelana is a Venezuelan criollo varietal, and though there is white-beaned cacao in Peru, similar in this respect to the Venez...
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Chapon – Chuao – Martin Christy review

When first out of the packet, the aroma is very cheesy, something like a blue bree. After airing a little there is dark tobacco, polished mahogany and a hint of lit matches, which is perhaps an indicator of things to come. On t...
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Grenada Chocolate 71% - low roast gives a light burgundy sheen

The Grenada Chocolate Company – Organic Dark Chocolate 71% Cocoa – Martin Christy

I’ve known and loved The Grenada Chocolate Company since Mott Green first introduced the company to the UK back around 2002. We’ve watched Grenada Chocolate grow up from being a small, innovative homespun chocolate ...
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Valrhona – Gran Couva 2010 – Review – Martin

Gran Couva was the first single plantation/origin chocolate of the modern era, starting a trend that has blossomed and grown into the whole world of specialist origin chocolate. When other bars joined the range though – f...
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Amano Madagascar – Review – Martin Christy

A few biases to declare here before I get going. I’m fond of the Amano style of chocolate and also their general philosophy – that if a particular cacao tastes good, it will make good tasting chocolate. Chocolate ma...
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