I bought this Talamanca Chocolat Lait Noisettes 37% bar during my less than rapturous visit to the La Maison Du Chocolat store on Piccadilly. I went for milk chocolate even though it wasn’t my favourite as I thought I should be trying the opposite spectrum of chocolate that they offer. Sometimes it doesn’t pay off to step out of your comfort zone, but in this case it did.
The packaging is simple, but effective. Its sophisticated but not a huge part of the enjoyment process as the Askinosie San Jose Del Tambo Dark Chocolate Nibble Bar is. If I said the packaging was underwhelming I think I’d be doing it a disservice.
And the elegant experience continues as you disrobe it from the foil as you see the “M” birthmark barely visible on its chocolate complexion. This is certainly a late night, bit of guilty pleasure whilst no-one looks.
The flavours are similarly relaxed, the noisettes is kept to a minimum and just gently massaged by the slightly sweet flavour. You can just about notice the flavours, which has its advantages. Some milk chocolate can be over-laden extras such as sugars, but this bar is more milky than sweet – and that’s to the bar’s credit.
The texture is just as understated as the flavour. The ‘crunch’ is kept to minimum as just acts as a bit-part player to the gentle splashing of flavour. All-in-all this bar is nothing out of this world, it won’t prove to be a threat to the great chocolatiers that make exceptional chocolate, however, as milk chocolate goes, it’s one of only few bars I’ve actually enjoyed a great deal.