Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Marou - Lam Dong 74% bar - May 14, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

Marou Chocolate
Lam Dong 74% dark chocolate bar
Good ++
Weight: .875 oz. (25 g.) in 1/4 bar / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) total bar
Calories: 150 calories in 1/4 bar
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Today's 74% dark chocolate bar from Marou Chocolate (Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, Vietnam) was made (in micro-batches) from cacao beans "cultivated (in the Lam Dong province) in the hilly woodland at the edge of the Vietnamese Central Highlands between Madagui and Bao Loc."

If you're like me, you have a somewhat vague idea of where this origin area is located in Vietnam. However, the beans and bar that hail from this region (described as rare) had clear and consistent citrus (acid) notes, and rich dark flavor.

So, while I haven't been to Vietnam (yet), I appreciated the opportunity to taste this bar (and the series of Marou single origin bars I've been tasting this past week*). Thank you to bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Marou Chocolate, and The Chocolate Garage, for making this possible. And thank you to Laurie for tasting help this evening.

*Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Vietnam Theme Week.

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