Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Review: Daniel Les Origines Trinidad 65%

Richard's Rating: 5.5
chocolate maker(unknown)
barLes Origines
Trinidad 65%
cacao treesTrinitario
size9g ~ 0.3oz
cocoa solids65%
added fatcocoa butter
emulsifiersoy lecithin
other ingredients(none)
list priceN/A
colormedium brown
PANTONE 19-1012
Dark Brown
texturesmooth, lined, imprint, bubbles
aromafloral, fruit, earth, roast
tastefruit (berry), sweet, earth, nut
finishsomewhat tannin
This is the other chocolate I received from my friend Edward (thank you!) from Les Origines line of bars of Vancouver chocolatier Daniel le Chocolat Belge. Yesterday, we reviewed Sao Tome 70%; today, we'll review Trinidad 65%.

As you can see on their website, Daniel makes a large variety of chocolate confections (truffles, etc.). I do not know what chocolate maker they use for these bars.

Trinidad was made from Trinitario cacao beans from the Oropucce Plantation near the river of the same name in Trinidad. The ingredients of this chocolate were cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, and vanilla. It contained 65% cocoa solids.

Each 9.4 gram bar was lined and imprinted with the word "Chocolette" (the spelling of which still strikes me as odd). It came wrapped in gold foil-sided waxed paper inside a paper sleeve, and six tiny separately wrapped bars were sold per single box. There was no production or best before date.

The chocolate had a medium brown Dark Brown (PANTONE 19-1012) color. The surface was smooth, though the sheen was slightly uneven on the outer rim. There were bubbles in the raised lettering, as well as on the bottom border. There was also a bit of extra chocolate hardened on the bar on the right edge. The bar had a hard snap.

The aroma of Trinidad was floral, with additional scents of fruit, earth and roast.

The chocolate tasted of fruit that took me a while to identify as berry. A strong sweetness was present, along with more subtle earth and nut flavors.

The melt was smooth. The chocolate flavor lasted about 15 to 20 seconds after the chocolate was gone, giving a short length. The finish was somewhat tannin.

After reviewing Trinidad, I compared it to another chocolate with the same origin, Bonnat Trinité, and although they were not similar, I had given them the same final rating. Overall, I slightly prefer Trinité, even with it bitterness.

There is no list price for individual chocolate bars, but the box of six tiny bars was priced at CA$5.45.

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