Lindy's Rating: 6.5
Richard's Rating: 6.5
The two ounce bar was scored into twelve pieces, each with the E. Guittard signature imprint. It came enclosed in brass colored foil inside a paper wrapper. The best before date on the bar we reviewed was February 2013.
The chocolate had a medium-dark brown Bracken (PANTONE 19-1015) color. The surface was smooth, but had scuffing and some tiny bubbles. The bar had a hard snap.
The aroma consisted of floral, roast, sweetness and fruit. We experienced the roast as cocoa and the fruit as banana.
Quevedo tasted floral, with a roast in the form of tea, and sweet. The tea flavor lacked the usual associated tannin. The sweetness was nicely less strong than we expected from a chocolate with 65% cocoa solids. I also noticed some nuttiness. Lindy described the flavors as muted, but I found them mild rather than muted.
The melt was smooth. This chocolate had a medium length, with the flavor lasting 20 to 25 seconds after the chocolate was gone. The finish was slightly acidic.
You can purchase Quevedo online for $3.89 directly from Guittard, or for $3.25 from Chocosphere.