Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ranking: best Peru single-origin chocolate

In a head to head comparison, I retasted the three single origin chocolate bars made from Peru cacao that we reviewed during this past year that made it onto our Best Chocolates Overall list. All three received equivalent 8.0 average ratings in our detailed reviews this past year, so I expected ranking these great chocolates to be particularly interesting.

These were excellent chocolates, and ranking them was more difficult than I anticipated. Each was nicely tempered. For aroma, I think Original Beans Piura Porcelana edged out the others. All three had good complex flavors, but the sweetness of TCHO Fruity 2.0 was a bit too strong for me. The melt of Fruity 2.0 was smooth, but not as nice as the other two. Piura Porcelana had a short length, in contrast with the flavor lasting far into medium length for the other two. The final aftertaste of Piura Porcelana was slightly bitter; the other two had slightly tannin aftertastes. I'd rank them:
Although I did come up with the above order, you might rank them in a different order, depending on your chocolate preferences (which is probably why they ended up with similar overall ratings). Adding the other two Peru single origin bars we've reviewed, I'd rank Peru bars as follows (though the first four are all great):
  1. Rogue Piura
  2. Moonstruck Fortunato No. 4
  3. Original Beans Piura Porcelana
  4. TCHO Fruity 2.0
  5. Bonnat Cacao Cusco
Clicking on a name above will take you to the detailed review of that chocolate bar.
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