• Our rating: 77.5% (2 reviews)
  • Company:
  • Cacao solids: 74%
  • Guide Price: £1.75, $2.75
  • Description by: Seventy%
  • Production: Produced directly from beans by maker
  • Certification:
    • None
  • Ingredients:
    • cacao liquor
    • sugar
    • cacao butter
    • soy lecithin
    • natural vanilla

From the wrapper: ""This premium chocolate has been manufactured with only the famed Carenero Superior Cacao Bean from the north-central region of Venezuala. This area traditionally called Barlovento has been producing this classic world-sort-after bean since the early days of the colony in the mid 1600’s. The concept of 'Appellation Controlle' denomination of origin in use in the wine industry around the world, together with the very high quality of the raw material with its distinctive taste and aroma have been blended to produce this rare delicacy.""

From the El Rey website: ""Earthy and toasty with a hint of spice. We took our Gran Saman chocolate and added just the right amount of extra cacao butter to enhance smoothness and fluidity without compromising flavor. The results are out of this world.""

El Rey – ApamateChocolate Review Rating: 77.5% out of 100 based on 2 reviews.

El Rey – Apamate

Dry, earthy, unique origin chocolate from El Rey with some interesting fruit tones – the strongest of the range from Carenero Superior beans. Makes an interesting variation from European style fine chocolate, though some may find it lacking in smoothness.

Reviews

Alex Rast: 13-Oct-2005

Posted: October 13, 2005 by
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El Rey’s alternative 70%-class chocolate, not as memorable as Gran Saman because it doesn’t deliver the ICBM-like impact. A study in contrasts, delicate in some ways, sturdy in others. Not the most complex chocolate around, and perhaps in that sense squandering the potential of the Carenero Superior bean. Those who are put off by overly forward fruity flavours, however, will be happy.

This bar appears somewhat rustic out of the wrapper, a bit uneven, and with chocolate dust in evidence. Temper might not be perfect, inasmuch as the chocolate possesses a medium-brown, matte finish with a hint of red. The setup doesn’t exactly promise an elite chocolate.

The aroma has characteristic Carenero fruitiness in the beginning, cherry scents taking the lead, before it softens into vanilla and caramel. One might almost be convinced this were a dark milk bar. In the flavour, the cherries come on again, but it’s a subtle, smooth movement, not the massive explosion of Gran Saman. Very quickly thereafter the dominant flavour asserts itself and doesn’t let go, rich earthy, like good topsoil. A very slight hint of brown sugar might be present, however, this might simply be variants on the earthy theme. You feel as though you’re eating a bar dug out of the ground.

Texture is definitely an improvement over Gran Saman, but it’s not great, merely average in smoothness and a bit waxy as one would expect with the high cocoa butter content. It’s that feature that exerts the restraint on the flavour as well, and gives it that strongly earthy nature, smoothing out higher flavour notes so that only the deep ones survive. On the whole the impression is of a chocolate subdued, unlike Gran Saman which presents the same chocolate in its wild form. It’s the “”domesticated”” Carenero.

Martin Christy: 26-May-2003

Posted: May 26, 2003 by
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With its gritty, dry, earthy sweetness this is very different to fine chocolate produced in Europe, lacking the high ‘acid’ overtones prevalent in chocolate from companies like Valrhona.

A deep burnt umber in colour – glowing with reds from Criollo – with an even, gritty texture. The aroma is a mild basic chocolate one with floral hints – the effect is rather like walking into a (good) chocolate shop. The melt is smooth, though with a definite sense of grit in the texture. The flavour is of light citrus, dried mango, the odd flash of banana and milky malt, always with a damp, earthy ‘off’ undertone. There are also spice hints (cinnamon) and perhaps ash and cigar smoke. Length is clean if waxy, the chocolate flavours dying away quite quickly, leaving just a faint trace of lime that lingers on the palette.

May not appeal to those unsure about ‘strong’ chocolate, but is actually dry rather than too bitter, and very munchable with interesting flavour notes.

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