Sunday, September 12, 2010

Review: Lindt Excellence 70%

Lindy's Rating: 4.5 (previously **)
Richard's Rating: 4.5 (previously **)

chocolate makerLindt
barExcellence 70%
cacao trees(unknown)
size100g ~ 3.5oz
cocoa solids70%
fatcocoa butter
flavoringbourbon vanilla
other ingredients(none)
list price$3.50

colormedium-dark brown
texturestripes of smooth & matte
aromacoffee, sweet tobacco, hint of cherry
tastecherry, tobacco
meltslow start
lengthminimal, almost none
finishbitter, dry, ashy
MORE RECENT REVIEW: Lindt Excellence 70% Smooth Dark

As my friend Michael and I were discussing, it's helpful to have some baseline reviews of more common dark chocolate as reference points, so yesterday afternoon I went to a local pharmacy and purchased two bars from Lindt. I'll pick up a couple of bars from Green & Black's the next time I see them.

In my experience, Lindt Excellence 70% has been a reliably good chocolate bar. It has solid chocolate flavor, though lacks the depth and length of better bars. Surprisingly smooth given the lack of an emulsifier. Although not the quality of the best artisan chocolates, it compares well with some of them, and it's a bargain for the price.

I realized that it might be useful to actually see the chocolate, so I'll be taking pictures to include in the reviews.

UPDATE: As of 20 April 2013, the best price I found for purchase online in the U.S. was $3.50 from World Wide Chocolate. However, you can frequently find Lindt Excellence bars on sale for $2.00 or less at local groceries and pharmacies.

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