Thursday, September 16, 2010

Review: Lindt Excellence 85%

Lindy's Rating: 5.0 (previously **)
Richard's Rating: 5.0 (previously **)

chocolate makerLindt
barExcellence 85%
cacao trees(unknown)
size100g ~ 3.5oz
cocoa solids85%
fatcocoa butter
flavoringbourbon vanilla
other ingredients(none)
list price$3.50

colormedium-dark brown
texturestripes of smooth & matte
aromacherry, roast
snapvery hard
tasteearthy, roast (coffee), grapefruit
meltslow start
Lindy and I tasted four bars today, including the Lindt Excellence 70%, which has been updated to merge Lindy's tasting notes and add her rating, and the Lindt Excellence 85% reviewed here.

The color and texture were nearly identical to that of the 70%. The snap was a bit harder. The aroma of cherries was much stronger than in the 70%, and overwhelmed any subtler scents other than some roast. Surprisingly, that cherry aroma did not come out in the flavor, and instead this bar tasted earthy and of roast coffee. Lindy also noticed a grapefruit flavor. The length was longer than the 70%, but still short. The finish was more bitter. Overall, we both liked this bar slightly more than the 70%. Another solid bar in the inexpensive category.

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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