Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: Zotter Labooko Brasilien 70%

Richard's Rating: 7.0
chocolate makerZotter
barLabooko Brasilien 70%
cacao trees(unknown)
size70g ~ 2.5oz
cocoa solids70%
added fatcocoa butter
other ingredientssalt
list price3,35€
colormedium-dark brown
PANTONE 19-1012
Dark Brown
appearancerelief, imprints, textured top
aromaearth (hay), spice (anise), sweet (molasses)
tasteroast (cocoa), earth, fruit (raisin, blackberry, pear), sweet (molasses, honey)
meltmore smooth
finishsomewhat sour, somewhat salty
The Labooko line of Austrian chocolate maker Zotter includes more than a dozen unflavored single origin chocolates. Labooko products come as a package of two individually wrapped 35 gram bars.

The ingredients of Brasilien were 70% cocoa solids (cocoa mass plus added cocoa butter), raw cane sugar, and salt. All of the ingredients other than salt were certified organic and fair trade. The cacao for this chocolate was sourced from Brazil and fermented and dried there by the Vronski and Monta families.

The two bars were wrapped in gold foil-sided wax paper and each glued into a fold of the the heavy outer paper wrapper. The best before date was February 1, 2014. Unfortunately, I did not photograph the bars for this review.

The bars had a relief of "zotter" on a small smooth upper portion and imprints of "Labooko" and stylized cacao pods (one of which was covered in writing) on a textured lower portion. The chocolate had a medium-dark brown Dark Brown (PANTONE 19-1012) color.

Brasilien had a hard snap. The aroma contained earth, spice, and sweetness. The earth scent was primarily hay. The spice included anise. The sweetness reminded me of molasses.

The taste began with a cocoa roast and some earthiness. Fruit flavors developed, including raisin, blackberry, and pear. The chocolate tasted sweet, with a mixture of molasses and honey flavors.

The melt was more smooth. The length was medium, with the chocolate flavor lasting about 20 to 25 seconds after the chocolate was gone. The final aftertaste was somewhat sour and somewhat salty.

You can purchase Labooko Brasilien 70% online for 3,35€ directly from Zotter.

1 comment:

  1. The added salt sounds interesting! Wish to try :)