Lindy's Rating: 6.5
Richard's Rating: 6.0
The chocolate was made from cacao beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, and vanilla beans. It contained 65% cocoa solids, and was certified organic and fair trade. The two ounce bar was scored in 9 pieces and came wrapped in gold-sided wax paper and packaged inside a paper box. There was no production or best before date for the bar we reviewed, but the box did have a sticker with the number 2691.
Nutty 2.0 had a medium brown Bracken (PANTONE 19-1015) color and a generally smooth surface that was imprinted with TCHO's intricate wavy lines. There was just a trivial bit of surface scuffing. The bottom surface revealed an apparently typical pattern from filling the mold and some indentations. The bar had a hard snap.
The aroma of Nutty 2.0 was a strong smoky roast with malt, and also had scents of earth and a berry fruit. Lindy remarked on her surprise at the lack of any of the typical floral scent of an Ecuador chocolate.
The roast, while present in the taste, lacked the smoke and malt of the aroma. Instead, it tasted more like a coffee roast to me. Nutty 2.0 was quite sweet, and had fruit in the form of coconut and some nut. It didn't taste as nutty as I expected, certainly nothing like the wonderful nutty flavor of Valrhona Gran Couva.
Nutty 2.0 had a smooth melt. The chocolate flavor lasted 20 to 25 seconds after the chocolate was gone, giving it a medium length. The finish was somewhat sweet without any of the bitterness sweetness is often used to hide.
Overall, we both concluded this was a good chocolate, but we found it too sweet and the flavor didn't live up to its nutty name.
You can purchase TCHO Nutty 2.0 online directly from TCHO for $10.95 for two bars.