Bar: Peru 70%
Maker: Sol Cacao (New York City, New York, USA)
Price: $7.50/52.7g (Chelsea Market Baskets)
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Munch Factor: 4/10
Ingredients: Cacao Beans & Cane Sugar.
Appearance: 12-block pre-broken mold with a lighter brown color and nice temper.
Smell: Sweet and smoky with powerful fruit; think pineapple, or even the pulp of the cacao fruit itself.
The Melt & Snap: beautiful melt & good snap.
Taste: Smokiness hits first in a big way, and then some chalky cocoa, and fruitiness accompanied by tannins and a pleasant heft. Slight acidity on the long fruity finish.
Complaints & Complements: I really enjoy this bar, and would buy it again if I saw it, but there’s a graininess to it that is hard to get over. The cacao must be magnificent, however, and I applaud the Maloney Brothers for having sourced it.