Michel Cluizel Noir Au Grue de Cacao

There are some advantages of being as scatty or unfussy as I am. Whilst randomly adding bars of dark chocolate to my shopping basket this Santo Domingo 60% from Michel Cluizel with fragments of Trinitario cocoa bean found its way in. Back then I was in the mood for pure, unadulterated fine chocolate and wouldn’t have picked this one if I knew what I’m doing, but it’s actually turned out to be one of my favourite bars and most certainly a blessing in disguise.

Generally for a bar to be one I’d rave about it’d have complex, deep, robust flavours with a smooth silky texture. But not this one. The fore-flavour is strikingly of mango and after the crunch produced by the nibs it turns into crispy bacon with maple syrup followed by a touch of coffee bean – it really is a fascinating bar of chocolate. The aroma is dark and musty but is completely overshadowed by these remarkable flavours.

At the 60% level it was never going to be a beast of a dark chocolate bar, but more a ‘treat’ type one, but what does do is provide a nice escape from the serious bars that Michel Cluizel so often produces.

In terms of how I’d place this bar in terms elegance of flavour it wouldn’t be up there with the best of them. But if you just look at how fun and interesting it is then I can’t think of many that can compare. For those of you who don’t like chocolate ‘with bits in’ I suggest you just give it a go if you get the chance.


  • Taste: 85% – not exactly sophisticated, but massively enjoyable
  • Texture: 75% – it’s difficult to notice this when mixed with the nibs
  • Appearance: 70% – nothing really stood out for me
  • Nutritional Information: 75% – some good information
  • Price: 75% – not a bad price
  • Overall: 76% – I’d love to try this again


  • I bought this bar to review, but it is from an affiliated retailer.


Lee McCoy

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