Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review: Mast Brothers Brooklyn Blend

Lindy's Rating: 7.0 (previously ***)
Richard's Rating: 7.0 (previously ***)

chocolate makerMast Brothers
barBrooklyn Blend
cacao trees(unknown)
size71g ~ 2.5oz
cocoa solids74%
added fat(none)
sweetenercane sugar
other ingredients(none)
list price$7.00

colormedium brown
PANTONE 19-1317
Bitter Chocolate
texturesmooth with scoring, uneven sheen
aromafloral (jasmine), roast, earth
tastetart, red fruit, roast, hints of sour and earth
finishslightly bitter, very slightly sour

Brooklyn Blend is Mast Brothers first house blend, with cacao from multiple regions. This chocolate was made from 74% cacao and 26% cane sugar on 2 June 2011. The 2.5 ounce bar was scored into 32 small pieces, wrapped in gold foil and placed inside nice heavy craft paper.

The color of this chocolate was a medium brown Bitter Chocolate (PANTONE 19-1317). As with other Mast Brothers bars, the surface was imperfect, with swirls of slightly different smoothness and color. The bar had a hard snap.

Brooklyn Blend had an aroma of jasmine flowers and a roast we didn't identify. I also detected an earthy scent.

This chocolate had a tart flavor, along with a red fruit. We couldn't decide what red fruit, perhaps a berry or cherry. We also tasted the roast, and I experienced hints of sour and earth. Lindy remarked that she especially liked the tartness.

Although the melt began slowly, Brooklyn Blend had a smooth texture. The length was short, with the flavor lasting 10 to 15 seconds after the chocolate was gone. The finish was slightly bitter and very slightly sour.

Overall, we both rated this chocolate a low ***.

You can purchase Mast Brothers Brooklyn Blend online for $8.50 in the contiguous U.S. from French Broad Chocolates or for £8.95 in the U.K. from The Chocolate Society.

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