Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Review: Rogue Rio Caribe

Lindy's Rating: 7.5 (previously ***)
Richard's Rating: 7.5 (previously ***)

chocolate makerRogue
barRio Caribe
cacao treesTrinitario
size60g ~ 2.1oz
cocoa solids70%
added fatcocoa butter
sweetenercane sugar
other ingredients(none)
list price$6.99

colormedium brown
PANTONE 19-1217 Mustang
aromafloral, roast
tasteroast (coffee), fruit (orange), nut, sweet
meltmore smooth
finishslightly ashy
Rogue Chocolatier currently makes four chocolate bars. We've previously reviewed the other three, all of which were so good that they made it onto either Lindy's or my favorite list. With this review, we will have tasted Rogue's entire line of chocolates.

Rio Caribe is made from Trinitario cacao trees in the Paria Peninsula of Venezuela (near Trinidad). According to the information on Rogue's website, this bar is made from the cacao beans of a single plantation, though it is not named.

As with all of the Rogue bars, this one had a simple presentation: a plain slab of smooth-textured chocolate without imprints or scoring. However, unlike the others, Rio Caribe includes tahitian vanilla among its ingredients (Rogue's other bars had no flavoring whatsoever).

This chocolate's color was a medium brown Mustang (PANTONE 19-1217). The bar had a hard snap. The aroma was somewhat weak, but included clear floral and roast scents. The taste of Rio Caribe was initially a coffee roast, which transitioned to include something nutty and then also a fruity orange. I also tasted sweetness.

The melt was smoother than average. The duration of the flavor after the chocolate was gone was 10 to 15 seconds, for a short length. The final aftertaste was slightly ashy, but not bitter.

Lindy and I both rated this bar *** due to its nice melt and taste, but it was on the low end of that rating and not as good as Rogue's other excellent chocolates.

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