Friday, August 30, 2019

Palette de Bine - Equateur Esmeraldas 75% bar - Aug. 29, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Palette de Bine
Equateur Esmeraldas 75% (bar)
Good +++
Weight: 1.235 oz. (35 g.) / 2.47 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 185 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $15.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.

Today's Equateur Esmeraldas 75% bar was from Palette de Bine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada).

In art, a wood palette might be used to mix paints that are applied to a surface to create a finished work of fine art. One could draw an analogy here and apply it to chocolate. Or, a literal translation of the company name, would be "palette of good." Either way...

This bar was shaped like a wood plank and had an appealing true chocolate flavor throughout, with balanced fruit (peach/nectarine with a touch of raspberry), an upbeat floral note, and a faint nuttiness.

There was a very, very slight astringency/graininess in the texture toward the finish, but the bar was very well crafted overall. Together, these flavors and textures created a fine, finished piece.

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