Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Francios Pralus - Tobago Estate 70% Trinitario bar - July 9, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Francois Pralus
Tobago Estate  - Single Estate Trinitario bar 70% bar
Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 155 calories (estimate) in 1 oz. of bar
Cost: $14.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Cacao at The Heathman, Portland, OR

Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate and Island Nations Theme Week.

Today's Tobago Estate  - Single Estate Trinitario bar 70% bar was made by French chocolate maker Francois Pralus (Roanne, France).

The Tobago Estate is in "the lush green hills of Roxborough...overlooking the Atlantic Ocean." Tobago is part of the twin island country, Trinidad and Tobago, in the West Indies region of the Caribbean Sea/Atlantic Ocean—a region long considered the birthplace of the popular Trinitario* variety of cacao.

This bar had a warm, rich dark chocolate aroma with a hint of spice cake. The texture was creamy and had an almost whipped lightness. It had a natural sugar sweetness, but was not too sweet, with hints of fruit (light berry, faint dried fruit).

The (Pralus) maker's tasting notes read: "Powerful and aromatic nose with layers of raisins, brown sugar and blackberries followed by a long creamy finish."

*Trinitario cacao is often described as a cross between the more delicate, complex Criollo heritage cacao variety and the more robust, bold flavored Forastero variety. There are interesting nuanced differences in flavors between these three varieties, as well as the other, less commonly discussed strains. Flavor is also influenced by the type of soil where cacao is grown, or terroir, and during steps taken to make/process cacao, such as fermentation, bean handling and sorting, and roasting.

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