Owners Alastair and Friederike Gower and their team at Chocolate Tree, use premium heritage single origin cacao that is "precisely roasted, obsessively winnowed, slowly conched and patiently matured to create exceptional chocolate."
This, and more, is what it takes to be successful, bean-to-bar chocolate makers. The groundwork begins (and continues over time), back at the country of cacao origin where relationships with farmers/plantation owners are developed, to help ensure one has the best cacao possible.
The Gowers are have been doing this work. And speaking of duos, there were two, individually-wrapped Orange and Amaretti 70% chocolate bars inside a colorful outer package, making it easier to enjoy single portions, and/or to share this chocolate with friends.
The 70% dark chocolate had a relatively subtle dark chocolate aroma with citrus, light cookie and green* notes. The chocolate flavor was pure, relatively robust but smooth with citrus notes. (The chocolate was made from Trinitario cacao from Akesson's Ambanja estate in northern Madagascar.) Small, slightly crystallized amaretti bits added crunchy texture.
This bar was made with organic ingredients and contained no gluten-containing items. Ingredients: cacao beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, amaretti biscuit (9%): almonds, sugar, eggs, bitter almond, orange oil
*The faint green notes were similar to a blend of green tea and green plants/green wood (think meadow/forest), green grass.