Patrick Roger 100% Dark Chocolate

Patrick Roger 100% Dark Chocolate

I do love the various Patrick Roger bars that I’ve reviewed so far, but was wary of trying this 100% bar as I found the Michel Cluizel Noir Infini 99% far too bitter for my taste. But I just don’t know how Patrick Roger can call this a 100% bar when there’s not only cacao solids in there, but also sugar, milk powder, vanilla extract and soya lecithin? Theoretically, at most this could be around 99%, but after tasting it I’d say it’s definitely lower in cacao than the Noir Infini.

Patrick Roger 100% Dark Chocolate Mould

My mother loves extremely dark chocolate and I know this bar will go down very well with her. But for me I do like the bitter end to be tempered with some caramel notes or anything to take the edge off the inherent bitterness that cacao has. But here there is a mild underbelly but that’s completed redundant against the bitter, sharp and perhaps, slightly unpleasant top note.

Patrick Roger 100% Dark Chocolate Texture

Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely something sophisticated about the bar. I know it’s refined and made by a master chocolatier. But the whole point of chocolate is to enjoy a sensuous moment. To me this like being forced to listen to unmelodic jazz especially when you could listen to Belle and Sebastian instead.

What I can’t understand is that the second largest ingredient in the bar is sugar but I just can’t pick up any sweet flavour. Apart from the cacao all I could find was the slightest vanilla. The problem is that vanilla historically has been used to mask poor-to-average cacao that doesn’t offer a smooth, characterful flavour. What’s more, this bar doesn’t even offer the sort of variable acidity that other fine dark chocolate bars do. Instead there’s just an all-consuming astringency without any sort of flavour.

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Rating:
  • Taste: 50% – It may not have been the most bitter dark chocolate bar I’ve tried, but there just wasn’t enough flavour to get excited about.
  • Texture: 60% – my mind was so fixated on the flavour, or lack of, that I didn’t really notice the texture.
  • Appearance: 80% – this is the only positive element to the bar.
  • Nutritional Information: 50% – well, there’s not a great deal of information, other than a list of ingredients. I don’t know where the cacao originated or the true ratio of cacao in the bar.
  • Price: 60% – unless you really do like very bitter dark chocolate then I wouldn’t bother.
  • Overall: 60% – not a bar I’ll be seeking out in the future.

 

Nutritional Information:
  • cacao, sugar, milk powder, vanilla extract, soya lecithin

 

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