• Our rating: 79.0% (18 reviews)
  • Company:
  • Cacao solids: 75%
  • Guide Price: £2.95, $6.95
  • Description by: Seventy%
  • Production: Unknown
  • Certification:
    • None
  • Ingredients:
    • Cocoa beans
    • Sugar
    • Cocoa Butter

As vivid, imnpetuous and sunny as the Antilles island from which it originates. Its flavour develops on the palate. One of THE great cocoas.

Bonnat – TrinitéChocolate Review Rating: 79.0% out of 100 based on 18 reviews.

Bonnat – Trinité

Is this really an Ecuador Arriba? Certainly it seems like it – with a flavour profile matching Arribas almost right down the line. What does this mean? A good powerful bar, lots of character, lots of kick. Also, possibly Bonnat isn’t exactly on top of quality control in packaging, especially when one notes that an Equateur bar sampled at the same time resembled a trinitario.

Reviews

Hans-Peter Rot: 28-Oct-2005

Posted: October 28, 2005 by
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Bonnat’s bars aren’t the most flattering around, and Trinite doesn’t falter in this trend. Lots of scoring, lack of decorations, an unpolished sheen, and an uneven surface all scream “Bonnat” upon unwrapping. Even the dark color—tinted with rich ochre—and the aroma are Bonnat as well, the latter being authoritatively dark, with a heavy molasses veil overshadowing apples, grapes, and coffee. This is definitely a brooding scent, implying dark skies in this Caribbean paradise.

The flavor here doesn’t necessarily stray from the aroma and doesn’t hesitate with its delivery either. Immediately, it slams you with bitter coffee and a potent acidity, which is an attack that may catch you off guard. The tone is dark, much darker than what you would expect from a Caribbean chocolate, but the acidity here does a good job at lightening it up a bit. The attack proves to be a quick and initial release of anger as the chocolate quickly takes on a calmer demeanor with flavors ranging from melons to tropical fruits to bread, which are then replaced by grapes. However, this is merely the calm before the storm, and the length suddenly shifts to the same audacious bitter coffee tone that opened it, but this time it never leaves.

Texturally, the bar glides by smoother than expected for Bonnat; with such a rowdy flavor, this is good since anything rougher would have been disastrous. Trinite is basically a bipolar and bemused chocolate that doesn’t know its place or where it wants to go. It seems torn between finesse and force, teetering between the two but ultimately assuming the forceful route since this is where it spends the most time. Basically, it’s the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of chocolate. While outwardly powerful and forceful, it still bears moments of gentleness, signs of its once humble and lighter demeanor before it transforms back into something stronger and more aggressive. In short, it can roar like a lion and purr like a kitten.

Alex Rast: 5-Jun-2005

Posted: June 5, 2005 by
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Upon unwrapping, this bar looks somewhat the worse for wear, with bits of chocolate “”dust”” and tiny chips flaking from the edges. It’s also pretty dark, a burnt-umber colour hinting at either a dark roast or a lower-grade bean. With all the dust it’s hard to get a good look at surface finish – although it’s clear that the bar is somewhat irregularly moulded.

The aroma is powerful and immediate, very dark, with molasses prevailing, along with traces of coffee and grape. Obviously this bar has taken a dark roast and that explains the colour. As with many dark roasted bars, you can simply waft in the aromas for several minutes – they are very alluring without being overly sharp. At first the flavour suggests a Carenero bean, with a suggestion of tropical fruits, before shifting into a floral note.

One is set up, then, to expect a light chocolate. But then abruptly the flavour shifts again, to powerful, bitter coffee, probably at least partly as a result of the roast but making for a stark contrast between the light, refreshing opening notes and the heavy, brooding finish. It’s a study in counterbalanced extremes. The texture is very smooth but quite dry, again a study in extremes, so that it’s a little like a pastel mint in texture. The point to pay attention to, however, is that the flavour and aroma are almost archetypal Arriba, so much so that it makes one seriously question the origins of the chocolate. That said, it’s quite good – like a good Arriba would be.

Martin Christy: 2-Feb-2002

Posted: February 2, 2002 by
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Taste: 35%
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Sweet, strongly flavoured chocolate with a deep old, musty tone. Deep fruit – maybe prune – leads to a bitter but not unpleasant length. Slightly muddy look, a bit sticky in the mouth, but otherwise wonderful chocolate that might not be to all tastes.

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