Richard's Rating: 6.0
This chocolate was crafted with a blend of cacao from different origins, in this case the Dominican Republic and the Sur del Lago region of Venezuela. It was made from only two ingredients: cacao beans and sugar.
The 2.7 ounce bar came wrapped in gold-sided foil inside a paper wrapper. As with the Dark Star bar, I purchased this Purple Haze bar at the Northwest Chocolate Festival. There was no production or best before date on the wrapper.
The color of Purple Haze was a medium-dark brown Bracken (PANTONE 19-1015). The top surface had a relief of "Lillie Belle Farms" and two flowers on a matte finish; the bottom was generally smooth. The relief had several small bubbles, particularly in the "FARMS" text. The bar had a hard snap.
The chocolate gave off a roast, woody and earthy aroma. The roast was smoky and the earth was yeasty. I also smelled scents of dairy and spice, but was unable to further clarify them.
Purple Haze started off tasting of earth and roast as well: a sour earthiness along with cocoa and malt roast flavors. Along with a building sweetness, I tasted a subtle fruit flavor that seemed to be mostly apple with a touch of cantaloupe. A spice flavor was also present, along with some astringency and tannin.
The melt was smooth. The chocolate flavor lasted about 25 to 30 seconds after the chocolate was gone, giving a medium length. The finish was acidic, somewhat sour, and somewhat tannin.
You can purchase Purple Haze 75% online directly from Lillie Belle Farms for $8.00.