Bar: Lanquin, Guatemala 70%
Maker: Dick Taylor (Eureka, CA, U.S.A.)
Price: $10/57g (The Chocolate House in D.C.)
Overall Rating: 9/10
Munch Factor: 4/10
Ingredients: Organic Cacao Beans, Organic Cane Sugar.
Appearance: personalized branded mold with designs that remind me of a fancy curtain; light reddish brown color compared to the other 70% bars I have tried.
Aroma: dark cocoa and dried cranberries and musky earth, in a surprisingly appealing combination.
Melt & Snap: okay melt & strong snap.
Flavor: sweet dried fruit and then earthiness and a hint of astringency, all of which comes in at different times but blends together beautifully for a short and flavorful finish.
Complaints & Complements: this bar is very satisfying. It has some subtle complexity to it that I’m finding difficult to identify with other flavors, and I like that. It’s unique, and I’d definitely buy it again.
Context: sitting in my office in Korea, with nothing else I really have to do.