Monday, March 28, 2011

Review: Bonnat Cuba

Richard's Rating: 6.5 (previously **)

chocolate makerBonnat
cacao trees(unknown)
size100g ~ 3.5oz
cocoa solids75%
added fatcocoa butter
other ingredients(none)
list priceN/A

colormedium-dark brown
PANTONE 19-1317
Bitter Chocolate
texturesmooth with text imprint and scoring
aromacoconut, roast (cocoa), hint of nut
snapmedium hard
tastesweet, roast, fruit (cantaloupe), hint of nut
finishslightly bitter
Bonnat Cuba is a single origin bar from (surprise) Cuba. As with other Bonnat bars, this chocolate was made from 75% cocoa solids, with added cocoa butter and sugar. The 100 gram bar was in Bonnat's typical form, with their imprint on the larger middle piece and scored into 32 small pieces around it.

Cuba was the second colorfully wrapped new Bonnat bar that Lauren, Emily, and I tasted together. The color of the chocolate was similar to the Bitter Chocolate (PANTONE 19-1317) of Cacao Cusco, with a slightly darker brown. It also had a medium hard snap.

The primary aromas from this bar were coconut and a roast in the form of cocoa. Lauren also smelled a hint of nut.

Cuba took several seconds before the chocolate melted enough to release any flavor, but then we tasted sweet and roast, as well as a fruit that I experienced as cantaloupe. There was a hint of nut in the taste as well as the aroma.

After the slow start, the melt was smooth. The length was short, and the finish was noticeably less bitter than the Cusco bar.

Overall, I found Cuba better than Cusco, but it was not interesting enough to rate ***, so I rated this bar a high **.

You can purchase Bonnat Cuba online for $12.25 from Chocosphere.

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