Dormouse Chocolates Kablon Farms Experimental Harvest Chocolate Bars Review

 

Dormouse Chocolates Experimental Harvest Bars

Recently Dormouse Chocolates conducted an experiment of making two special chocolate bars: one from reddish-brown cacao pods only and a separate one with beans from yellow pods only, with the assistance of Kablon Farms in South Cotabato in the Philippines.  Kablon Farms kept the reddish-brown and yellow pods separated and Dormouse Chocolates conducted the same roast, recipe and time of conching for each bar to see if there was a difference in taste with bars made with beans from different colored pods.  Will there be? Let’s find out!

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Nathan Miller, Hoja Verde & Mashpi Chocolate Bar Reviews

Nathan Miller, Mashpi & Hoja Verde Chocolate Bars Pic in Port Townsend, WA

In the not to distant past Lauren Heineck of WKND Chocolate and Well Tempered Podcast shared these three chocolate bars with me.  I thought it would be fun to in turn share them (or at least my tasting notes) with all of you.

Nathan Miller 71% Guatemala

Color: Medium/dark brown.

Nose: Black tea, floral and jasmine. Continue reading “Nathan Miller, Hoja Verde & Mashpi Chocolate Bar Reviews”

Chocolate Naive Nano_Lot Finca La Rioja Mexico Review

Chocolate Naive’s Nano_Lot collection made in Lithuania features a new chocolate bar every two months.  Each bar is limited so if you see one be sure to get it!

What does it take to become a Chocolate Naive Nano_Lot bar?  To quote Domantas Užpalis when I recently interviewed him: “Scarcity, flavour and background.  I wanted to create the product that constantly evolves and tells a story or two”.

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Zotter Chocolate Labooko Vintage 2016 Dry Aged 75% Dark Chocolate Bar Review

In celebration of Zotter’s 30th anniversary they introduced this Vintage 2016 dry-aged dark chocolate bar which is described on their web site as “a superior cuvée made of dry-aged fine flavour cocoa, which we have aged for a year in order to mature its aroma. It is a blend of 5 fine cocoa varieties from 4 different countries, and of course the legendary Criollo is part of the mix”.

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Sirene Chocolate 100% Kokoa Kamili, Tanzania & Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador Craft Chocolate Bar Review

Sirene Chocolate is a craft chocolate maker located in Victoria, B.C.,  that makes bean-to-bar bars with direct trade chocolate.

Their Pure Cacao Pur set features two 100% bars so you can compare Kokoa Kamili, Tanzania and Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador in one sitting.  The bars are labeled in an easy to tell one bar from the other, in both written word and by the color of each bar’s foil wrapper (gold and silver).

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Mission Chocolate 75% Cupuaçu Brazil Chocolate Bar Review

I first tried this bar during Hazel Lee’s Taste with Colour workshop in November at the NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle, WA.  Luckily there were some for sale at the show.  (This bar is the reason why bubble gum is listed as a tasting note on her flavour map).

Mission Chocolate is a small batch craft chocolate maker located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This inclusion bar has the dried pulp of cupuaçu scattered generously on the back of the bar.   Cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflorum) is related to cacao.  The three ingredients in this Brazil 2016 harvest bar are cacao, sugar and the cupuaçu.

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Chocolate Naive Nano_Lot Collection: Elizabeth Agudelo & Nicalizo Special Reviews

I’ve been a fan a Chocolate Naive for quite some time now and have enjoyed watching, and tasting, the progression of taking what started as good bars and overtime experiencing Chocolate Naive elevating their craft chocolate to even higher levels of great taste.

Chocolate Naive is a craft chocolate maker in Lithuania.  I’ve tried several of their bars before these particular ones in the Nano_Lot collection, and have even more bars I’ve purchased that are now in my collection to post reviews on soon, so I was especially excited when Chocolate Naive’s founder Domantas Uzpalis sent me these two bars from his new collection.

Nano_Lot Chocolate bars are made in very limited amounts from unique, high quality cocoa with emphasis on education and continued exploration into the world of rare, high quality chocolate.   I hope my reviews on these bars also help inspire you to continually seek out more bean-to-bar chocolate and add to your tasting palate.

Nano_Lot Elizabeth Agudelo: 

Per the inner card of information the cocoa beans used in this bar are listed as  “FTA, a clone selected by Colombian Cacao Federation”.  This bar is made of the first yield  from four year old cacao trees from a section of Villa Gabi that was renewed by  Elizabeth Agudelo with “experimental clones selected from the old hybrids”.

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Original Beans Piura Malingas 75% Piura Valley, Peru Dark Chocolate Bar Review

I’ve tried several craft chocolate bars made by Original Beans and they have all been great, but their Piura Malingas 75% bar is extra tasty.  As soon as I opened this bar I knew it would be special just from the aromas.  It is definitely one of the top single-origin bars I’ve had this year. This organic and vegan bar is made with Peruvian Nacional beans from Piura Valley, Peru.

I hope you can get your bean-to-bar loving hands on one of these!  I purchased mine at The Chocolate Project in Victoria, B.C.

Color;  Medium brown.

Nose:  Green apple, green grape, cocoa.

Original Beans Piura Malingas 75% Dark Chocolate Bar
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Potomac Chocolate San Martin Peru 65% Dark Milk Bar Review

Craft chocolate maker Potomac Chocolate is located in Woodbridge, VA.  Potomac currently has a Kickstarter campaign running now through the end of Sept 2017 (Potomac Chocolate Kickstarter campaign).

I recently picked up Potomac’s San Martin Peru 65% Dark Milk chocolate bar at The Chocolate Project in Victoria, B.C.

Color:  Medium/dark brown.

Nose:  Sweet, floral, orange blossom, apricot and oak.

Potomac Chocolate San Martin Peru Bar Pic Taken in Victoria, B.C. Continue reading “Potomac Chocolate San Martin Peru 65% Dark Milk Bar Review”

Dick Taylor Solomon Islands Exclusive Release 2 Review

Last year I purchased the 1st Dick Taylor Solomon Islands Exclusive Release bar at the NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle, WA.  This year it’s back and I was able to order it on Dick Taylor’s website.  I got bar #01024 of this 72% dark chocolate bar made with cacao from the island of Paspaskato.  The cacao is grown there by Kenny Patovaki. This particular bar is made from his winning cacao from the Solomon Island Chocolate Week.

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