Richard's Rating: 6.5
Green Label 75% is the first bar we've reviewed made with Nicaraguan cacao. The cacao bisiesto beans were grown near La Dalia. Green Label was made with 75% organic cacao and 25% organic cane sugar. Although both ingredients were organic, the bar was not certified. Nova Monda's website indicated that the cane sugar was evaporated cane juice.
The 52.7 gram (1.86 ounce) bar was scored into a dozen pieces. It came wrapped in gold foil sided wax paper in a paper sleeve. The best before date was October 2013.
The color of Green Label was a medium brown Dark Brown (PANTONE 19-1012). The bar had a smooth surface with an uneven sheen and some adhered bits of chocolate. There were also barely noticeable bubbles in several corners of the pieces. The snap was medium hard.
Green Label had an aroma of earth and spice. I smelled secondary scents of roast and sweetness.
The chocolate tasted initially of earth, sourness, and spice. I then experienced some acidity that gave me the odd sensation of carbonation. As Green Label melted, fruit flavors of raisin and a hint of cherry were revealed, along with a molasses sweetness.
The melt was smooth. The chocolate flavor lasted about 40 seconds after the chocolate was gone, giving a long length. The finish was somewhat sour, somewhat bitter, and somewhat acidic.
Overall, I found the flavor and carbonation sensation interesting, and the length was remarkably long. However, I didn't like the aftertaste. I expect to try Green Label again next year, if only to check if that sense of carbonation is still present.
You can currently purchase Green Label 75% online directly from Nova Monda for $4.99, a $1.00 discount from their regular $5.99 price.