My co-worker Michael K. went on a trip to the United Kingdom and picked up this box of chocolate for me while in London.
While I have had Hotel Chocolat chocolate once before, I have never tried their dark chocolate bars. This box contained four of them, each from a different country.
I decided I wanted to try the 85% cacao bar from Ghana first.
Wow, this bar was delicious! Very dark and rich, the chocolate had a deep roasted flavor that was quite prominent. The label said it should have a warm sourdough flavor, but I couldn’t taste that, and neither could my co-workers. But everyone loved this bar, and several people asked for seconds.
My friend Lucy H. gave me this pack of six dark chocolate tablets from France.
Each tablet was a square of 70% cacao from Ghana. I broke each one in half, yielding a dozen pieces to share with my co-workers. We found the chocolate to be rich with a bitter single origin note, so very pleasant.
My co-worker Dini M. gave me this box of eight single-origin chocolate tablets.
I have had Marcolini chocolate before, both as tablets and a single-origin bar, but never single-origin tablets.Inside, the tablets were marked by country, including one from Cuba, my first ever Cuban chocolate.
Robert and I split each tablet, and they were great! The ones from Madagascar and Ghana were the most chocolatey, with Peru and Brazil being less so, and Cuba and Ecuador were somewhat grainy, as if they had been conched less than the others. I am not sure where the Pierre Marcolini chocolates were from, but they didn’t have any single origin notes to them. All of the tablets were very good though.
I bought this bar in Sydney, at the same grocery store where I bought the Old Gold bar.
This bar was HUGE! At 200 grams, it was almost half a pound of pure dark chocolate, like the Old Gold bar, and cheap like that bar too. I really like how dark and yummy it looked.
It was made in New Zealand out of beans grown in Ghana, and while I could not taste any singular notes in this bar, it was still pretty good, and for the price, it was probably the cheapest bar I bought in Sydney by the gram. I let people take seconds and thirds at work, and I still had a quarter of the bar to take home!
Alas, this was my last bar of chocolate from Sydney. I really would like to go back, armed with the past few weeks of taste tests. I would probably buy some more Josophan’s and Haigh bars, and then a whole bunch of Old Golds. You are so lucky Down Under to have those chocolates, you hear me?
I found this Tcho bar at CostPlus. I haven’t had a Tcho bar since the variety pack that my friend Lucy sent me last year, and those were very good!
This bar was delicious! It tasted MUCH darker than 70% cacao, more like and 80 or 85% bar. And it was very fudgey tasting, in that it had a chewy chocolatey flavor that I associate with brownies or fudge. Despite being single origin, I didn’t really taste any high notes in it. But I loved it, and so did my co-workers. Like the movie, it was gone in 60 seconds.
My friend Tiff C. came over for lunch last Sunday and brought this box of Royce goodness.
The box contained little individually-wrapped tablets of single origin chocolate from Ghana and Venezuela. The tablets looked like this.
True to their names, Ghana was very sweet and smooth, while Venezuela was darker and less sweet, with an astringent aftertaste. I loved them both (of course, it’s Royce!), but I think I liked the Venezuela tablets a little more. They seemed richer tasting, and the chocolate flavor was more pronounced.
In August of 2011 on my birthday, I was in Seattle in Chocolopolis, a small chocolate shop in Queen Anne Hill, where I found this package of ten small chocolate bars, a tasting pack of chocolate.
These were delicious, all of them. I must admit that my memory of the day is a bit hazy, as birthday libations followed my visit to this store, and I misplaced these and a few other labels after the trip, which is why they are appearing out of date order in my blog. But I remember tasting each bar and finding them all to be exquisite. All of them are single origin, and all were 75% cacao. I will need to try more bars from Pralus.
BTW, the Chocolopolis store was really amazing too. They have a wide range of unusual and rare chocolates, at least here in the States. They are worth a visit if you are in Seattle.
And speaking of libations, I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year’s Eve tonight! I’ll see you back here in 2014, with a whole bunch of new chocolates.