I’ve had a terrible week work-wise. I’ve got an office full of dead computers and a chocolate storage room full of boxes and anything the world and his wife could put in there to prevent me from reaching my chocolate collection. Luckily I had this Chapon Columbie ready to review before all the nasties were released on me. Seeing as the Chapon 75% from Cuba was quite possibly my favourite dark chocolate bar of the year so far I was so looking forward to this bar. I left feeling it was almost perfect.
What can you say about the packaging? Well I know that a good number of people won’t like it because its not made out of thick card or has the air of luxury that the Beschle bars have, but I don’t care. I just love the Carribean colourfulness of the designs. This time it appears that the picture is of explorers reaching the shores of Columbia and meeting the local tribes. What’s more, there’s a good story on the back about Patrice Chapon’s ethics and views of chocolate – if you can read french. There’s also a nice list of nutritional information, ingredients and how to store the bar. For me, the whole packaging aspect would be hard to improve.
I’m sure most people wouldn’t have a hundred or so bars piled up in a spare room, so they wouldn’t have the problem of the bar getting warn a bit like an old pair of shoes. My bar was scratched but I’d expect for most people the bar would keep a remarkable shine. In fact the bar looks like mahagony formed by an artisan woodworker. But what about the other senses? Are they suitably satisfied?
The aroma is intesnly wonderful. There’s aromas of honey, and crispy chicken skin (I know!), there’s also raisins and a delightful, soft, earthy note. I’ve not even tasted it and I feel intoxicated!
So what about the flavour? It’s rich and perfect.There appears to be a hazelnut character with a slight marmite edge. This subsides into a velvety perfection. I think I’m lost for words. The whole of my mouth is filled with the utterly sensational texture with whisps of chocolatey vapour emminating for the chocolate mush and reaching into my nose. It seems every sense is catered for. It looks good, tastes great, feels out of this world and even the sound of the snap is excellent.
I implore everying to get one, unwrap it, soften it up in your mouth and then push it to the front of your teeth and just witness the flavour. If that doesn’t make you melt in pure enjoyment, I don’t know what will.