• Our rating: 88.6% (2 reviews)
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  • Cacao solids: 70%
  • Guide Price: $5.75
  • Description by: Seventy%
  • Production: Produced directly from beans by maker
  • Certification:
    • None
  • Ingredients:
    • Cocoa beans
    • Sugar

Rich and inviting with Notes of Luscious Citrus, Red Wine, and Berries

Patric Chocolate has embarked upon an unceasing analysis of each step of the chocolate-making process in order to create a collection of fine chocolate bars whose individual components are superbly interwoven into flavors both unique and magnificent.

As our efforts come to fruition, we are proud to introduce a line of select, micro-batch dark chocolate bars that reflect the results of our commitment: The aroma, taste, and feel that are uniquely Patric.

Patric Chocolate – Madagascar Sambirano Valley—Chocolate Review Rating: 88.6% out of 100 based on 2 reviews.

Patric Chocolate – Madagascar Sambirano Valley

The well-crafted seventy-percent bar, made in “micro-batches” by Alan McClure in Columbia, Missouri, holds a complex bouquet of flavors.

Reviews

Hans-Peter Rot: 15-Dec-2007

Posted: December 15, 2007 by
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Aroma: 10%
Look/snap: 5%
Taste: 35%
Melt: 5%
Length: 15%
Opinion: 30%
Total/100: 100%
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Patric makes it very clear that image is important. The bar itself is just as shiny and gorgeous as any other artisan producer such as Cluizel or Valrhona, with exception for some minor unevenness in the mold. Aroma, meanwhile, is typical for Madagascar but fashionable nonetheless, resembling a Californian merlot with lots of vigor. Hit after hit of dark raspberries, cranberries, then subtle hints of blueberries and prunes make for a wonderfully red and light aroma that implies strong acidity in the flavor.

Right on cue, the flavor is strongly acidic, but not overly so. Patric has controlled it rather well, allowing raspberries (and a hit of blueberries) to glide through inoffensively but with plenty of energy as well. The flavor also gets darker the more it melts, delivering prunes later and ending on a much darker tone than it started with, like hiking deeper and deeper into a cavern. Overall, one could compare this to Domori, but Patric is the winner, hands down, demonstrating much more balance and care with the beans.

Texture, however, won’t stamp an impression of Domori, but it is highly good nonetheless, melting thickly yet with a polished smoothness that reeks of sophistication. The chocolate is very lovely and easy to eat, but the complexities are extremely subtle and require a bit of patience to taste. In this regard, the chocolate is very sophisticated, but the tartness brings the flavor down to a much more accessible and lighthearted level. As such, the bar is versatile but equally impressive no matter how one tastes it.

Emily Stone: 18-Nov-2007

Posted: November 18, 2007 by
SCORES Score/10 Weight
Aroma: 10%
Look/snap: 5%
Taste: 35%
Melt: 5%
Length: 15%
Opinion: 30%
Total/100: 100%
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The tempered sheen on the rogue Sambirano Valley bar from Patric is smooth and unwavering. The cardboard box containing eight easily snappable squares bearing the imprint of an uppercase “P” advertises the fruit flavors contained within, and indeed the taste is far more intense and layered than other that of Madagascar bars (Patric cuts a stark contrast to Theo’s mild, almost creamy version). What the box describes as “red wine and berries” actually overpowers the aroma with a raisiny smell, but in the mouth the deep tannic flavors perfectly balance the chocolate’s refreshing burst of citrus juice. The melt is clean and subtle, an impressive feat for a pure origin chocolate bar that contains no lecithin or cocoa butter from outside sources.

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