Bar: Indonesia 70%
Maker: Francois Pralus (Paris, France)
Price: $5/50g (Caputo’s)
Overall Rating: 6/10
Munch Factor: 2/10
Ingredients: Cacao Beans, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, non-GMO Soy Lecithin.
Appearance: a rather dark brown color in a sectioned square mold alongside a sleek large rectangle inscribed with the maker’s name in their signature font. I have always been a fan of Pralus’s branding, though the wrapping for the bars given in the Single Origin Pyramid are a plain, colored paper wrapper.
Aroma: smoky and rubbery with undertones of cocoa and muted tea & berries. Sweet nougat. The smokiness is sweet and pleasant, like candied bacon.
Melt & Snap: soft melt & strong snap.
Flavor: cookies and creamy sweetness pop before smoke leads the charge once again and acidity tickles the back of the throat. Strong bitter coffee jumps in, and then a touch of astringency on the long, sweet smoky finish.
Complaints & Complements: I’m not sure how intentional the strong smoke flavor is, but it’s pretty overpowering. I like this bar, but the cacao may have been improperly dried by fire, and I’m thinking that it covers up more underlying complexity in the cacao. But this flavor certainly rounds out Pralus’s extensive line of single origins, and not every bar will be a hit with everyone.
Context: my climate-controlled apartment in Korea.