Sunday, April 2, 2017

Marou - Dak Lak 70% dark chocolate bar - April 1, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat
Dak Lak 70 percent dark chocolate bar
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) / 2.8 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 242 calories (per label) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Cacao at The Heathman, Portland, OR

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Vietnam Theme Week.

Today's beautifully packaged Dak Lak 70 percent dark chocolate bar from Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat (Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon) was made from cacao grown in Vietnam.

It had a subtle chocolate aroma with honey, light spice and faint green forest/wood and fruit notes.

And the flavors I tasted ranged from chocolate cake to hints of tart sweet red fruit headed toward sweet berries/cranberries/cherries.

As is often the case with craft chocolate, I tasted this bar three different times today and each time I picked up a few different flavor notes.

Hats off to the maker for carefully capturing and cultivating the flavor profile of these cacao beans from the Dak Lak province, in central Vietnam.*

*Dak Lak is in the Central Highlands, in an area where coffee, pepper and tea are also grown. It is north of Lam Dong province and most other cacao-growing regions that are further south (closer to the Mekong River Delta). 

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