Friday, April 29, 2016

Review: Meadowlands Wild Harvest Bolivia

Richard's Rating: 6.0
chocolate makerMeadowlands
barWild Harvest
cacao treesunknown
size71g ~ 2.5oz
cocoa solids70%
added fat(none)
sweetenercane sugar
other ingredients(none)
list price$9.50
colormedium-dark brown
PANTONE 19-1015
appearancesmooth, scoring, uneven sheen, bubbles
aromaroast, floral (lavender, jasmine), fruit, earth
tasteearth, spice (anise), fruit (date), sesame, roast (smoke, tea), nut, tannin, sweet
finishtannin, somewhat acidic
This is the fourth Meadowlands unflavored single origin chocolate bar we've reviewed. You can read reviews of their other three bars here: Dominican Republic, Peru, and Venezuela.

As with the others, the only ingredients in Wild Harvest Bolivia were 70% cacao beans and 30% cane sugar.

Inside a pink paper sleeve, the 2.5 ounce Bolivia bar came wrapped in gold foil-sided waxed paper. It was scored into 24 pieces.

The surface of the chocolate was smooth, with an uneven sheen and tiny bubbles in some corners. Its color was a medium-dark brown Bracken (PANTONE 19-1015). The bar had a hard snap.

The aroma was strongly floral, with scents of both lavender and jasmine. I also smelled roast, fruit, and earth.

After an initial earthy and tannin start to the taste, spices came forth, with a particularly strong anise flavor. Several other flavors developed as well: fruit, primarily date, sesame, roast with smoke and tea, and some nuttiness. It also tasted sweet and the tannin was evident throughout.

Meadowlands described Venezuela as "hints of lavender, toasted sesame & dates".

Wild Harvest Bolivia had a smooth melt, with a bit of fudginess. The chocolate flavor lasted 35 to 40 seconds after the chocolate was gone, giving a length on the far end of medium. The finish was tannin and somewhat acidic.

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