Bar: La Masica 70% (Honduras)
Maker: Letterpress Chocolate (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Price: $12/65g (gift from Trish)
Munch Factor: 3/10
Ingredients: Organic Cacao Beans & Organic Unrefined Cane Sugar.
Appearance: Letterpress does its name justice with its postcard-like packaging; each bar is a different hue and ode to the origin of the beans. The bar is in a plain blocked mold and obviously struggled during the journey to Korea, based on the bloom along one side. The color is a plain medium brown.
Aroma: dried red berries and earthy cocoa, both overwhelming in their own ways, the berry being the more striking of the two. The berry is stronger as yousnap the bar in half (or just break off a little piece).
Melt & Snap: hard melt & beautiful snap.
Flavor: earthiness which blends with a distinct cocoa flavor before the berry slides right in. It’s like freeze-dried raspberries were dipped in very dark chocolate, then the tannins come in, soft tannins, a flavor rather than a puckered facial expression. The finish is rather short and not very sweet, but it makes you want to grab a glass of warm milk and then go in for another bite.
Complaints & Complements: I swear I didn’t read the maker’s tasting notes before biting into this bar. The raspberry flavor is just that strong— but other than that, this bar is good. Just good. Earthy cocoa with raspberry and tannin on the finish leaves me satisfied enough to try another bar, but otherwise: just good.
Context: a few hours after lunch and just before leaving work for the day; it’s about 17 degrees in my quiet office.
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