Saturday, August 1, 2015

Review: Ritual Balao

Richard's Rating: 6.5
chocolate makerRitual
barBalao
regionEcuador
plantationCamino Verde
cacao treesunknown
yearunknown
size43g ~ 1.5oz
cocoa solids75%
added fat(none)
sweetenercane sugar
emulsifier(none)
flavoring(none)
other ingredients(none)
list price$6.75
colormedium-dark brown
PANTONE 19-1015
Bracken
appearancesmooth, scoring, uneven sheen
aromaearth (burlap), floral, spice
snapmedium hard
tasteroast (tea, cocoa), earth (burlap), fruit (blackberry), tannin
meltmore smooth
lengthmedium
finishtannin, slightly acidic

Best Prices Online
$6.49 from Caputo's
$6.75 directly from Ritual
$7.00 from Chocolopolis
$7.00 from The Meadow

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review: Fresco 231 Peru 100%

Richard's Rating: 7.0
chocolate makerFresco
bar231
regionMarañón
Peru
plantationblend
cacao treesunknown
year2014
size50g ~ 1.8oz
cocoa solids100%
added fat(none)
sweetener(none)
emulsifier(none)
flavoring(none)
other ingredients(none)
list price$12.00
colormedium brown
PANTONE 19-1012
Dark Brown
appearancesmooth, scoring, imprints
aromaroast, earth, fruit (prune), nut, floral
snapmedium hard
tasteearth, nut, floral, sour, roast
meltcreamy
lengthlong
finishsomewhat sour, somewhat tannin, slightly acidic

Best Prices Online
$12.00 directly from Fresco

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: Domori Il 100% Criollo

Richard's Rating: 8.0
chocolate makerDomori
barIl 100% Criollo
region(unknown)
plantationblend
cacao treesCriollo
yearunknown
size25g ~ 0.9oz
cocoa solids100%
added fat(none)
sweetener(none)
emulsifier(none)
flavoring(none)
other ingredients(none)
list price€4,00
colormedium brown
appearancesmooth, scoring, imprints, scuffing, uneven sheen
aromaroast (cocoa, coffee), fruit (berry, raisin), spice, earth, sweet
snapmedium hard
tasteroast (coffee, tobacco), nut, peanut, fruit, earth, tannin
meltcreamy
lengthlong
finishtannin, nut, slightly acidic

Prior Reviews
2013 Review

Best Prices Online
€4,00 directly from Domori
£4.10 at Chocolate Trading Co
$6.79 at Chocosphere

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: Rogue Porcelana

Richard's Rating: 7.5
chocolate makerRogue
barPorcelana
regionVenezuela
plantationEl Chama
cacao treesCriollo
year2014
size60g ~ 2.1oz
cocoa solids80%
added fat(none)
sweetenercane sugar
emulsifier(none)
flavoring(none)
other ingredients(none)
list price$18.00
colormedium brown
PANTONE 19-1526
Dark Red Brown
appearanceglossy, smooth, uneven sheen
aromaspice, fruit (nectarine), roast (cocoa), earth (must), dairy
snaphard
tasteearth (must, grass), fruit (peach, cherry), dairy (cream), nut (macadamia), roast (cocoa, malt)
meltcreamy
lengthlong
finishsomewhat acidic, slightly tannin

Best Prices Online
$18.00 directly from Rogue (sold out)
$20.00 at The Meadow
$20.00 at Cocova

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review: Domori Porcelana

Richard's Rating: 8.5
chocolate makerDomori
barPorcelana
regionVenezuela
plantationblend
cacao treesCriollo
yearunknown
size25g ~ 0.9oz
cocoa solids70%
added fat(none)
sweetenercane sugar
emulsifier(none)
flavoring(none)
other ingredients(none)
list price€4,00
colormedium brown
PANTONE 19-1012
Dark Brown
appearancesmooth, scoring, imprints, scuffing, adhered bits
aromafruit (strawberry), roast (cocoa), floral, spice, dairy, earth, sweet
snaphard
tasteroast (cocoa, toast), fruit (strawberry, orange), dairy (butter)
meltmore smooth, fudgy
lengthlong
finishtannin, somewhat acidic

Prior Reviews
2010 Review

Best Prices Online
€4,00 directly from Domori
$5.45 at Chocosphere
$5.50 at Caputo's
£3.95 at Chocolate Trading Co

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Review: Amedei Porcelana

Richard's Rating: 9.0
chocolate makerAmedei
barPorcelana
regionVenezuela
plantationblend
cacao treesCriollo
yearunknown
size50g ~ 1.8oz
cocoa solids70%
added fatcocoa butter
sweetenercane sugar
emulsifier(none)
flavoringvanilla
other ingredients(none)
list price€14,70
colormedium-dark brown
PANTONE 19-1012
Dark Brown
appearancesmooth, scoring, imprints, adhered bits, scuffing
aromaearth (must), floral, fruit (strawberry, raisin), roast (malt), dairy
snapmedium hard
tastenut (almond), earth, spice, roast (cocoa, malt), fruit (strawberry, citrus, raisin), sweet (butterscotch), slightly ashy
meltsmooth
lengthlong
finishsomewhat acidic, somewhat tannin

Prior Reviews
2011 Review
2010 Review

Best Prices Online
$16.50 at World Wide Chocolate
$18.50 at Amedei Store (NYC)
$18.50 at Caputo's
$18.50 at Chocosphere
£8.00 at Chocolate Ocean
€11,25 to €11,99 on Amazon.de
€14,70 at Amedei

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Review: Taza Wicked Dark

Richard's Rating: 6.5
chocolate makerTaza
barWicked Dark
regionDominican Republic
plantationblend
cacao treesunknown
yearunknown
size85g ~ 3.0oz
cocoa solids95%
added fat(none)
sweetenercane sugar
emulsifier(none)
flavoring(none)
other ingredients(none)
list price$6.50
colormedium-dark brown
PANTONE 19-1012
Dark Brown
appearancesmooth, scoring, text imprints, adhered bits
aromaearth (burlap), roast (smoke, malt), fruit (berry)
snapmedium hard
tasteearth, nut, roast (smoke, cocoa, malt), fruit (blackberry, prune), acidic, bitter, sour
meltgrainy
lengthmedium
finishacidic, slightly sour

You can purchase a slightly smaller version (71 grams or 2.5 ounces) of Wicked Dark online directly from Taza for $5.00, from Chocosphere for $4.95, and from NewLeaf for $5.00.