Looking at the packaging initially I just loved it. There was the slightest bit of damage to the corners, but that was probably my fault for ordering a tin of chocolate tea to go with it. But other than that I just loved the colours, the design, the embossing, how it opened to most other bars, the bit of a story on the back, event more the inside with an insert, the nutritional information … actually everything about the visual appearance.
The usual paradigm of chocolate squares is that they’re not often actually square, but oblong. I’ve not seen the chocolate pieces this shape for a good while. I think the last time was in some hideous milk chocolate bar with a strange filling that seems to have been wiped from my mind completely. These are over an inch long which means that you’ll be breaking them into smaller pieces to enjoy. And enjoy you will. The snap is fairly crisp but you can tell it’s a well-made bar of chocolate as the crystals are incredibly tight.
The aroma was very strong when I first took it out of the wrapper and reminded me of Paul. A. Young’s kitchen and only had the slightest acidity. But when I actually tried it the texture seemed fairly dry. It didn’t seem too enjoyable. But then it sort of kicked in. In a Top Gear kind of way it just seemed there was no acceleration from a standing start but got going after a few seconds of action. After then was very nice texture, not the best ever, but any conscious thought of the texture was taken over by the flavour.
The notes that emanated from the chocolate varied from salted caramel all the way through a bouquet of roses. This is a very floral bar, but one that’s not at all over-powering. I wouldn’t call it the Dolly Parton or Sarah Bernhard of chocolate. It was neither all razzmatazz nor full of bitterly acidity. It was neither the Sandra Bullock as it did the job well. This bar was more of a Rachel Weisz of chocolate, talented, but no Oscar winner, gorgeous and sophisticated, not cheap and slutty; fairly famous but has never appeared on the Johnathon Ross show (I don’t think).
I’d say that this is definitely a summer-time bar of dark chocolate as it is sweet, but only with a touch of bitterness at the end. In fact, it’s a very similar bar to the Chocolate Trading Co. Venezuela Noir, 72% all the texture isn’t quite as inviting. But I shouldn’t be so harsh. This bar doesn’t use any emulsifiers such as soya lecithin so the texture is more likely to be less smooth.
So my mission was to find out who was right, Louise or Praveen? Now that’s a tough call. I wouldn’t put it at the best bar of all time as I felt the texture does distract greatly. But the flavour is light and flowery with no harshness at all.